The Chinese city of Wuhan – once the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic – hosted crowds of thousands over the weekend for a music festival.
About 11,000 people gathered to watch the action take place on the first day of the Wuhan Strawberry Music Festival on Saturday.
Attendees danced and sang, many without masks.
The festival returned to Wuhan after it became virtual last year due to coronavirus restrictions.
“Last year, we (in Wuhan) suffered from a coronavirus,” said Wuhan student Gao Yucheng.
“It was not easy to get to where we are today. The people here have put in a lot of effort and paid a high price (for the virus strike). So I feel very excited to be here (at the festival), ”Gao said.
The two-day event coincided with the national holiday, May Day, and attracted artists from across the country.
“This is my first time at such an outdoor event,” said another participant in the concert, Zhang Hongkai, “I really like the atmosphere.”
Wuhan has reported a low number of COVID-19 cases since he imposed strict blockades last year when the virus first appeared in the central Chinese city.
Since lifting the blockades last year, China has generally seen only sporadic outbreaks, allaying fears of the virus there.
On Saturday, the country’s health authority registered only 16 new cases in mainland China, all of which were imported from abroad.
China has also administered about 265 million vaccinations against COVID-19, according to data released by the National Health Commission on Saturday.
With postal wires