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Weekend music festival in Wuhan attracts thousands of fans

Maya Taylor

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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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    Slugger

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 10:36 am

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

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    Phuket Tony

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Enjoy your music Wuhan…. Thanks for everything.

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    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!!!!!

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    Gosport

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm

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

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    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

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      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.

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    Das

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Hahaha. Spot on, Tony.

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    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!!!

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    Richard

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 9:11 am

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

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    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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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha seeks looser restrictions in ‘red’ zones

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Covid-19 infections are still high, but PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he wants restrictions to loosen up and businesses to reopen as soon as possible in provinces classified as “red” zones under tight control to combat Covid-19.

The prime minister says he has ordered governors of red zone provinces to look into easing disease control measures. Looking into each province’s Covid-19 situation and the restrictions’ impact on the local economy, governors are told to find a good balance that works well for both the economy and public health.

Spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, says restrictions at restaurants in red zone provinces can be lifted if the situation improves.

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An American man, who tested positive for Covid-19, is back in the hospital after fleeing when he was denied a shared room with this Thai wife-who was also undergoing Covid treatment. The 51 year old man left the northeastern Amnat Charoen province Chanuman hospital on May 9th after doctors declined to move his bed to that of his wife’s room. The man angrily went home without permission.

He was spotted walking on the road by local residents before being found by police at his home. The medical team convinced him to return to the hospital. But the incident has invoked stress among locals as they fear he could have spread the virus when he left the hospital. Thai social media was flooded with angry posts about the incident, with some calling for his arrest or deportation. In response, the Chanuman district chief has announced they will tighten security at the hospital to prevent any future incidents that are similar in nature.

The man’s name was not given, due to his Covid-19 status, and it has not been announced whether he will face any consequences after his actions.

Meanwhile, Thailand is reporting 1,630 new Covid-19 cases and 22 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours. There are now 29,376 active Covid-19 cases. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 85,005 Covid-19 cases and 421 Covid-related deaths.

Out of the 22 deaths, most of the patients had chronic illnesses. Many contracted the virus from family members or close friends.

Most of the new cases were detected in Bangkok, particularly in districts with crowded communities and markets. While cases in Bangkok continue to be high, CCSA spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says the number of new cases in most other provinces in Thailand is decreasing.

Health officials are rolling out proactive case finding campaigns in several high-risk communities, testing 9,000 to 10,000 per day, Nopakun says, adding that officials are working to provide the appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 and are asymptomatic must stay at an official field hospital for 14 days and then self-isolate at home for another 14 days.

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Covid UPDATE: 1,919 new cases and 31 deaths, provincial totals

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1,919 new Covid-19 cases and 31 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. Thailand now has 29,435 active cases. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported a total of 86,924 infections and 452 Covid-related deaths.

At today’s CCSA briefing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said that while the Covid-19 situation in Thailand may seem like it is stable, with cases decreasing or at zero in many provinces, the number of new infections reported each day is not declining.

“Infections are still concentrated in the hotspot which is Bangkok and the vicinity where several new cases were detected in active case finding.”

Out of the 1,919 new infections reported today, 885 were in Bangkok. Since April 1, more than 20,000 Covid-19 infections have been reported in the capital, first with clusters in the swanky Thong Lor nightlife district and now in the Khlong Toey slum.

Natapanu says that, fortunately, no new clusters were reported in Bangkok over the past day. He says a minor cluster was reported at a wet market in Nonthaburi, a suburb just outside Bangkok.

Out of the recent deaths, many had pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure and diabetes. Many contracted the virus from infected family members.

To prevent the emergence of the Covid-19 variant that was first detected in India, Natapanu says foreign nationals travelling from countries with the widespread transmission of the mutated strain are temporarily barred from entering Thailand. Thai embassies in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, where the Indian variant is spreading, have suspended the issuing of the required Certificate of Entry, or COE.

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