Thousands attended the first day of the Wuhan Strawberry Music Festival on Saturday.
In the warmth, on the first day of the five-day national holiday on May Day in the central Chinese city, they danced, jumped and screamed in delight as some of their favorite activities took the stage.
A spokesman for the organizers told Reuters that their number was limited this year, adding that about 11,000 people were there on Saturday. Barriers were set up at each stage, and security personnel limited the number in these areas. Some spectators wore masks, but not many.
People in Wuhan, where COVID-19 first appeared, experienced more than two months of severe restrictions during the world’s first coronavirus-induced blockade. Since then, the city has been almost completely virus-free, according to official figures. This and the general trend in recent months in the country, which reported only a few sporadic outbreaks, have significantly eased fears in China about the virus.
“Last year, we (in Wuhan) suffered from a coronavirus,” said Gao Yucheng, a 23-year-old student and resident of Wuhan.
“It wasn’t easy to get to where we are today. The people here put in a lot of effort and paid a high price (for hitting the virus). That’s why I feel very excited to be here (at the festival),” Gao said.
The two-day event brings together well-known and lesser-known local singers and groups on three stages at Wuhan’s Garden Expo. Sister festivals “Strawberry Music Festival” are held in other cities during the national holiday, including Beijing. Attendees arrived in Wuhan from across the country, such as 29-year-old Zhang Hongkai of Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province.
“This is my first time at an outdoor event like this,” Zhang said. “I really like the atmosphere.”
Mainland China reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, compared to 13 days earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Saturday.
All new cases have been imported from abroad, a statement from the National Health Commission said.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in mainland China now stands at 90,671, while the death toll remains unchanged at 4,636, many of whom are Wuhan residents.
China vaccinated about 11.6 million people against COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of those administered to more than 265 million, according to the National Health Commission on Saturday.
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