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A 2-day music festival in the central city of Wuhan has attracted thousands of fans over the weekend. The Wuhan Strawberry Music Festival showcased the talents of popular musicians, as well as less well-known acts, over 3 stages in the city’s Garden Expo park. According to a Reuters report, sister events are also being held in Beijing and other Chinese cities over the course of a 5-day national holiday to mark May Day.

Thousands of Wuhan music fans streamed into the park on the first day of the festival, dancing and singing along to their favourite bands. Some wore masks, but many did not. In front of each stage, security personnel had erected barriers, with numbers limited in those areas. Festival organisers say around 11,000 people were in attendance on Saturday, the first day of the event.

Last year, the festival was moved online as Wuhan became the epicentre of a pandemic that would go on to wreak havoc across the globe. Residents in the Chinese city endured the world’s first – and one of the toughest – lockdowns, which lasted for more than 2 months. The harsh restrictions worked and the city now finds itself mostly virus-free. Official data shows that the country has a whole has only reported a handful of cases in recent months. Yesterday, China reported 11 new infections, all of which were imported.

One student at the festival, 23-year-old Gao Yuchen, says Wuhan residents have sacrificed a lot to get to this point.

“Last year, we suffered from the coronavirus. It has not been easy to get to where we are today. People here have put in huge efforts and paid a big price (for being hit with the virus). So, I feel very excited to be here.”

Reuters reports that on Friday, China vaccinated around 11.6 million citizens. Data from the country’s National Health Commission confirms over 265 million have now been vaccinated.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Slugger

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Doing rather well. Thailand could learn a lot from the experience.

  2. Phuket Tony

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Enjoy your music Wuhan…. Thanks for everything.

  3. Jason

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    I have been looking to Wuhan as a barometer. It began there and it is a looking glass into the future! Here’s hoping we will all come to a time when we can be together again, no matter what country we come from. I am so happy for the people of Wuhan! CCP thumbs down…people of China…thumbs up!!!!!

  4. Gosport

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Thailand swings between its own instinct and the propaganda of NGOs.

  5. Boris B

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Yeah thanks China and thanks Wuhan I hope you enjoyed the last year or more.. Absolutely great effort while the world looks on absolute nothing said!!! Disgraceful China

    • Nigel

      Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1:48 am

      Careful Boris B, you may upset those who read these articles and have formed against their own country. It’s absolutely wrong that a country like China seemingly walks away from this without punishment. Can you imagine if the US had been the source of the largest pandemic the world has seen in 100 years. The roof would have fallen in and everyone would be demanding $billions of not $trillions to be paid in compensation. But not for the Chinese.like it was somehow not their fault.

  6. Das

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Hahaha. Spot on, Tony.

  7. Boris B

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 3:10 am

    I speak my mind Nigel like we all do on here. This Chinese virus which should never have happened have killed a fair few million and it hasn’t stopped yet. The Chinese are nothing but murderers!!!! Yes I agree with you if this would have started in the USA the Legend Donald Trump would have been catastrophic!!!

  8. Richard

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 9:11 am

    The PM has already invited the city of Wuhan for dinner.

  9. Leo Z

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Except that Wuhan had half a million infections by April last year, and the crematoriums were working 24/7 for two months. A couple of (major) Chinese media published the report, only to be deleted a few hours later. And that’s the real advantage of China: no negative news allowed.
    I wonder if they tested everyone who has not been vaccinated in Wuhan for antibodies, if they would come up with 50%-60%, at least.

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