Folks in Wuhan, the place COVID-19 first emerged, lived via greater than two months of stringent restrictions throughout the world’s first coronavirus-induced lockdown. Since then the town has been nearly fully virus-free, based on official knowledge. That and the overall pattern in current months within the nation, which has solely reported a number of sporadic outbreaks, has vastly eased fears in China in regards to the virus.
“Final 12 months we (in Wuhan) suffered from the coronavirus,” mentioned 23-year-old scholar and Wuhan resident Gao Yuchen.
“It has not been straightforward to get to the place we’re at this time. Folks right here have put in big efforts and paid a giant value (for being hit with the virus). So I really feel very excited to be right here (on the pageant),” Gao mentioned.
The 2-day occasion brings collectively well-known and never so well-known home singers and bands throughout three levels in Wuhan’s Backyard Expo park. Sister “Strawberry Music Competition” occasions are being held in different cities, together with Beijing, throughout the nationwide vacation. Attendees got here to Wuhan from everywhere in the nation, like 29-year-old Zhang Hongkai, from Shijiazhuang in Hebei province.
“That is my first time at an occasion like this held outside,” Zhang mentioned. “I actually just like the ambiance.”
Mainland China reported 16 new COVID-19 circumstances on Friday, down from 13 a day earlier, the nation’s nationwide well being authority mentioned on Saturday.
All the brand new circumstances had been imported infections originating abroad, the Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned in an announcement.
The whole variety of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances in mainland China now stands at 90,671, whereas the dying toll stays unchanged at 4,636, a lot of whom had been Wuhan residents.
China carried out about 11.6 million vaccinations in opposition to COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the full quantity administered to greater than 265 million, based on knowledge launched by the Nationwide Well being Fee on Saturday.