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Crowds fill streets in China's pandemic-hit Wuhan to celebrate New Year

January 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Large crowds took to the streets at midnight on Friday in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, celebrating the arrival of 2021 after a year marred by a deadly pandemic that killed thousands there and required the city to be locked down between the end of January and early April.

Large crowds took to the streets at midnight on Friday in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, celebrating the arrival of 2021 after a year marred by a deadly pandemic that killed thousands there and required the city to be locked down between the end of January and early April.

When the building's old clock reached midnight many people released balloons into the air, cheered and called out "happy new year. "

"I'm so so so incredibly happy," said 20-year-old student and tourist Yang Wenxuan.

But a recent small rise in cases in various Chinese cities, including Beijing, has reminded people in Wuhan that the pandemic is not over yet.

"I hope that in 2021 everything goes well in the country and Wuhan can return to normal and I hope that the world can soon defeat the pandemic," said Wuhan resident Anson Yang.

The 25-year-old, who works in the international trade sector, said his earnings were hit hard in 2020 and he knows of many businesses in Wuhan who are yet to return to normal trading levels.

"If we look at the measures people took, the things people did as part of the epidemic control and the like, a human or friendly touch, something that we would not normally see, was felt by everyone," said 21-year-old Chen Mengfan.

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