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Wuhan locals party in packed nightclubs as rest of the world suffers under Covid lockdowns a year after virus emerged


IMAGES have emerged showing partying youngsters in China’s ex-Covid epicentre cramming into nightclubs — while the rest of the world scraps its New Year’s Eve parties. 

A year ago today a Covid-19 outbreak was reported in the Hubei province city of Wuhan, which was to spread around the world and kill more than 1.8million people.

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People packed tightly together for the sell-out event 

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People packed tightly together for the sell-out event Credit: EPA
Women hold light balloons as people gather to celebrate the arrival of the new year during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Wuhan

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Women hold light balloons as people gather to celebrate the arrival of the new year during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in WuhanCredit: REUTERS

But remarkably it has not reported a new locally transmitted case of the disease since May 10 after lifting one of the strictest lockdowns in the world seven months ago. 

In scenes unimaginable in many cities around the world, young Wuhan residents have been hitting the nightclubs and concert venues to toast the New Year.

Outside, maskless partygoers were seen spilling onto the streets and while some wear masks, others either have them pulled down or not wearing one at all.

It appears as if Covid-19 never struck the city this time last year, leading to an ultra-strict shutdown.

The city of 11 million was shut off from the rest of China in a surprise overnight lockdown beginning January 23.

‘NO CASES SINCE MAY’

Roadblocks were erected and planes, trains and buses were barred from entering the city. 

Almost 3,900 of China’s 4,634 recorded Covid-19 deaths occurred in the industrial city.

But after lockdown was lifted images have emerged showing hundreds of people packed shoulder-to-shoulder at a water park music festival.

Huge crowds were also seen thronging the streets to celebrate Halloween

And when nightclubs reopened last month, they were packed to the rafters.

Life seems to have returned to normal in Wuhan, while the rest of the world is locked down

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Life seems to have returned to normal in Wuhan, while the rest of the world is locked downCredit: EPA
A young woman attends a concert with her face mask pulled down

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A young woman attends a concert with her face mask pulled downCredit: EPA
Compare those scenes with Wuhan in January after a strict lockdown was imposed

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Compare those scenes with Wuhan in January after a strict lockdown was imposed Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Not everyone can be seen wearing a mask

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Not everyone can be seen wearing a maskCredit: EPA
This venue was packed out despite the pandemic

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This venue was packed out despite the pandemic Credit: EPA
This teenage girl screams as she watches a live band

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This teenage girl screams as she watches a live bandCredit: EPA
Nightspots have been open since early December

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Nightspots have been open since early DecemberCredit: EPA

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Scientists believe that Covid-19 first originated in bats before spreading to humans in Wuhan, possibly at one of the Chinese city’s so-called wet markets.

Conspiracy theories about its origins persist however, with governments suggesting it may have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.

These scenes are a far cry from the start of 2020 when the city imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world

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These scenes are a far cry from the start of 2020 when the city imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the worldCredit: Reuters
It's been almost a year since Covid-19 broke out in Wuhan, but the city claims to be clear of the virus

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It’s been almost a year since Covid-19 broke out in Wuhan, but the city claims to be clear of the virusCredit: Reuters
Officially there have been no cases of Covid since May

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Officially there have been no cases of Covid since MayCredit: Reuters
People dress as medical officials and patients as they dance to celebrate Halloween in Wuhan
People dress as medical officials and patients as they dance to celebrate Halloween in Wuhan
Traffic police lift a road blockade in Wuhan as part of a strictly enforced lockdown
Traffic police lift a road blockade in Wuhan as part of a strictly enforced lockdown
Some suspect the virus leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology
Some suspect the virus leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology
Medical workers in protective suits attend to Covid-19 patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a designated hospital in Wuhan

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Medical workers in protective suits attend to Covid-19 patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of a designated hospital in WuhanCredit: Reuters
Huge numbers of tractors can be seen building an emergency hospital during the Covid outbreak early this year

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Huge numbers of tractors can be seen building an emergency hospital during the Covid outbreak early this yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Wuhan nightclubs reopen for first time as rest of world locks down for Xmas  

 





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