The Chinese city of Wuhan, which was once the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, saw crowds on New Year’s Day late Thursday, a scene that was in stark contrast to other parts of the world holding smaller celebrations due to the virus.
However, photos showed crowds still wearing face masks.
As of Sunday, Wuhan had reported a total of 50,354 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Wuhan Municipal Health Committee.
While the city has largely recovered from the Coronavirus pandemic, A recent study published this week The numbers of cases found are likely higher than what was initially reported.
As many as half a million residents of the Chinese city may have contracted the virus, about 10 times more than the number initially recorded of confirmed cases.
In the United States, December was the deadliest month for the epidemic, with more than 63,000 deaths so far. April was previously the deadliest month for the pandemic, killing more than 55,000 people.
State officials have urged Americans to avoid large gatherings on New Year’s Eve as the virus continues to spread. The annual New York City celebration took place in Times Square but in a fresh form, including virtual appearances and small crowds.
Pictures in New York stand in stark contrast to Wuhan, but the celebration was still filled with celebrities and music performances.
The photos showed a quieter Time’s Square, with those around them wearing masks and socializing apart.