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Wuhan throws massive water park party as coronavirus threat recedes

Thousands of people gathered with no face masks or social distancing at a music festival over the weekend in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where Covid-19 first emerged late last year.

Pictures of the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park event have gone viral as the world continues to battle coronavirus.

Image: AFP
Image: AFP
Image: AFP

Wuhan Timeline:

Wuhan where Covid-19 first emerged late last year had gone into a lockdown in January. Movement of people and vehicles were completely restricted.




The lockdown was imposed on 23 January and at that time the virus had killed 17 people and affected more than 400.

It was a week after this that China confirmed  that human-to-human transmission of the virus had taken place.

The city with over 11 million people were cutoff from the rest of China, as thousands of people were over the next few months tested and placed in quarantine. All large public gatherings were cancelled and people told to avoid gathering.



By March, the lockdown slowly started to ease.

One resident from each household was allowed to leave their residential compound for a maximum of two hours.

Shopping malls began re-opening, public transport started to run and people slowly started heading out – though social distancing was still in place and masks had to be worn.

The lockdown was lifted in April.

For a while it seemed like life was getting back to normal as schools re-opened, businesses slowly emerged and public transport resumed operations.

But on May 12, six new virus cases were recorded. The city quickly put in place ambitious plans to test its entire population of 11 million people. The outbreak was soon brought under control.

By June, night markets – which see street stalls set up along small streets – were allowed to re-open.

And a month later, in July, life truly started to go back to normal in most parts of China. Cinemas in most places were allowed to re-open, certain parks, libraries, museums were also allowed to open at half capacity and larger gatherings were given permission to take place.




Today, it appears that life has edged back to normal in Wuhan. The images of partygoers attending the HOHA Water Electrical Musical Festival over the weekend have only proved that we can overcome the virus in a few weeks provided we effectively isolate, test and trace.