The Chinese city of Wuhan – once the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic – hosted thousands of people this weekend for a music festival.
About 11,000 party families packed in to watch acts take the stage for the first day of the Wuhan Strawberry Music Festival on Saturday.
Concertgoers danced and sang along, many without masks.
The festival returned to Wuhan after it became virtual last year due to coronavirus restrictions.
“Last year we suffered (in Wuhan) from coronavirus,” said Wuhan student Gao Yuchen 23.
“It has not been easy to get to where we are today. People here have made a huge effort and paid a great price (for being affected by the virus). So I feel very excited to be here (at the festival), ”Gao said.
The two-day event coincided with the national holiday, May 1, and attracted entertainers from across the country.
“This is my first time at an event like this being held outdoors,” said another concertgoer, Zhang Hongkai, “I really like the atmosphere.”
Wuhan has registered a low number of COVID-19 cases since severe lockdowns were carried out last year, when the virus first emerged out of the central Chinese city.
Since the abolition of lockdowns last year, China has generally seen only sporadic outbreaks, easing fears of the virus there.
The country’s health authority on Saturday registered only 16 new cases on the Chinese mainland, all of which were imported from abroad.
China has also administered approx. 265 million COVID-19 vaccinations, according to data released by the National Health Commission on Saturday.
With mail cables