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Massive party held at swimming pool in COVID-19 epicenter Wuhan

No masks and zero social distancing raise second wave infection concerns

People enjoy a music party at a swimming pool inside Wuhan Maya Beach Park in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Aug. 15.   © Reuters

DALIAN -- Public leisure activity is roaring back in the Chinese city of Wuhan -- the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic -- after it contained the spread of the deadly virus.

Numerous revelers attended an electronic music festival over the weekend that was held at Maya Beach Water Park. According to local media, the pool was full of people and many enjoyed the festival without donning face masks. A photo of the jam-packed event went viral on social media, raising concerns about the possible spread of new infections.

The pool reopened in June and has restricted maximum capacity to half the normal limit. But it has cut entrance fees by 50% for female visitors to attract customers.

After the central Chinese city reported a new infection in mid-May, it conducted PCR tests on 10 million citizens out of a population of 11 million. Since then, no new infections have been reported, according to authorities.

The total number of infections in Wuhan reached about 50,000. On Jan. 23, China imposed a lockdown on the city until it was lifted on April 8.

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