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Photos of Wuhan’s vibrant nightlife show the city where the COVID-19 pandemic began is reveling in its newfound freedom

Photos of Wuhan's vibrant nightlife show the city where the COVID-19 pandemic began is reveling in its newfound freedom
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  • People in Wuhan, China, are out in the streets and partying without masks, which makes it look like life is basically back to normal in the city.

  • Wuhan, where the coronavirus is thought to have originated, lifted its lockdown seven months ago.

  • Partygoers are making the most of their freedom, according to a series of photos taken by Aly Song on December 12 and posted by Reuters. 

  • They are celebrating in large groups without masks, enjoying street food and playing with toy guns, late into the night.

  • “After experiencing the first wave of epidemic in Wuhan and then the liberation, I feel like I’m living a second life,” 29-year-old Zhang Qiong told Reuters.

  • The city was under a 76-day lockdown from January 23 until April 8, and has not had a reported case of COVID-19 since May 10.

  • Meanwhile, other countries such as the UK, US, and Italy face stricter measures and further lockdowns as cases and infection rates soar. 

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A woman waits for her friends outside a Wuhan nightclub.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Reuters

Inside, people dance in large crowds.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song. / Reuters

Life is basically back to normal for young people, who are enjoying their freedom.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

They dance and sing among confetti and balloons.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

There hasn’t been a reported case of COVID-19 in Wuhan in over seven months, and people are making up for lost time.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

Some of the partying erupts into the streets, with people playing with toy guns and dancing in the open air.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

Parks are full of people.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

Wuhan’s streets are lined with food trucks and stalls.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

A woman eats street food.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

There are no restrictions for meeting friends for dinner.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

Outside entertainment captures the city’s energy, such as this band.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

Restaurants and dinner parties are buzzing.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

People can gather indoors without the threat of the coronavirus.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

The typical detritus left after a post-party meal.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

A woman checks her makeup – no longer smudged by a mask – in her phone camera.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

People celebrate a birthday and wipe cake on each other.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

Wuhan’s streets show the familiar sight of what happens at the end of a night.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

People wait for public transport or stumble home.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

Some are helped into taxis.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

Others feel the effects of going too hard too soon.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

A couple hug on the floor outside the club.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

A phone lies on the floor, forgotten by a partygoer who may not notice until morning.

Wuhan partying nightlife
Aly Song / Reuters

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