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Wuhan struggles to shake off coronavirus economic fallout

A year after lockdown was lifted, it still isn't business as usual for some

This clothes shop in Guanggu International Plaza is offering a firesale as the retail sector continues to suffer. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

WUHAN, China -- Thursday marks a year since a harsh 76-day lockdown was lifted in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in central China and the first epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

While many countries are still battling the pandemic now, China has staged a strong recovery since the world first became closely acquainted with the idea of "lockdown." But Wuhan, once a thriving industrial jewel, is still only halfway up the road to a full economic recovery, as retail sales and travel revenues remain stuck below the national average.

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