Photos of Wuhan’s vibrant nightlife show the city where the COVID-19 pandemic began is reveling in its newfound freedom

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  • People in Wuhan, China, are out in the streets and partying without masks, which makes it look like life is basically back to normal in the city.
  • Wuhan, where the coronavirus is thought to have originated, lifted its lockdown seven months ago.
  • Partygoers are making the most of their freedom, according to a series of photos taken by Aly Song on December 12 and posted by Reuters.
  • They are celebrating in large groups without masks, enjoying street food and playing with toy guns, late into the night.
  • “After experiencing the first wave of epidemic in Wuhan and then the liberation, I feel like I’m living a second life,” 29-year-old Zhang Qiong told Reuters.
  • The city was under a 76-day lockdown from January 23 until April 8, and has not had a reported case of COVID-19 since May 10.
  • Meanwhile, other countries such as the UK, US, and Italy face stricter measures and further lockdowns as cases and infection rates soar.
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A woman waits for her friends outside a Wuhan nightclub.

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Inside, people dance in large crowds.

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Life is basically back to normal for young people, who are enjoying their freedom.

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They dance and sing among confetti and balloons.

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There hasn’t been a reported case of COVID-19 in Wuhan in over seven months, and people are making up for lost time.

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Some of the partying erupts into the streets, with people playing with toy guns and dancing in the open air.

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Parks are full of people.

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Wuhan’s streets are lined with food trucks and stalls.

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A woman eats street food.

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There are no restrictions for meeting friends for dinner.

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Outside entertainment captures the city’s energy, such as this band.

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Restaurants and dinner parties are buzzing.

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People can gather indoors without the threat of the coronavirus.

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The typical detritus left after a post-party meal.

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A woman checks her makeup — no longer smudged by a mask — in her phone camera.

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People celebrate a birthday and wipe cake on each other.

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Wuhan’s streets show the familiar sight of what happens at the end of a night.

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People wait for public transport or stumble home.

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Some are helped into taxis.

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Others feel the effects of going too hard too soon.

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A couple hug on the floor outside the club.

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A phone lies on the floor, forgotten by a partygoer who may not notice until morning.

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