After months of restrictions due to coronavirus, the Chinese are finally shedding their masks and protective gear to party. Music festivals, beach clubs, bars and discos are filling up once again - even as the rest of the world grapples to deal with the health crisis. Wuhan, considered to be the ground zero of the pandemic, held a massive pool party last month which saw over 3,000 people attending. Credit: Reuters
This photo taken on Aug. 15, 2020 shows people watching a performance as they cool off in a swimming pool in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province. The party was held in Maya Water Park in the city. The first case of coronavirus was reported in Wuhan last year. However, even as millions of people die around the world due to the pandemic, Wuhan claims that it has stopped the spread of coronavirus, according to reports by AFP. This has allowed them to return to parties of the pre-pandemic era. Credit: AFP via Getty Images
A DJ performing live on stage, not virtually through a screen. Huge crowds, with no social distancing. No fake cheers because of the absence of a real audience. All of the above seem impossible in light of the current coronavirus situation. But as per reports, Wuhan and the rest of China have not recorded any new coronavirus cases in the last few months. Credit: AFP via Getty Images
Scenes like this are unthinkable in most parts of the world. The US remains the worst-affected country, followed by India. But not in Wuhan. Wuha's coronavirus situation drastically improved during the stringent 76-day lockdown earlier this year. And now that the lockdown has been lifted, this is what the new normal in the city looks like - thousands of people in a jampacked waterpark. Covidiots or merely making the most of a post-lockdown life? Credit: AFP via Getty Images
Does the image remind you of 2019, when coronavirus was an alien concept? Well, the photo by Reuters has been taken inside a disco in China this year.
While around the world, discos and bars remain closed or open under strict protocols, people in Wuhan are free to party as they please. A young couple was spotted dancing in a packed bar in Wuhan as nightclubs fill up like before in the post - lockdown era. Credit: Getty Images
China may have been where the coronavirus originated. But for now, it has gone over a month without any coronavirus cases. Wuhan also claims that there has been no community transmission of the virus since May. Now the question arises, is this a sign that life can and will return to normal, as in the pre-pandemic era? However, here's a reminder that the pandemic is not over in the rest of the world - India's Covid-19 case tally crossed the 55-lakh mark on Tuesday with a spike of 75,083 new cases and 1,053 deaths in last 24 hours. In a number of European countries like UK and Spain, the second wave of the pandemic seems to be reaching its tipping point. Credit: Getty Images