Wuhan: from lockdown to the new normal – in pictures – The Guardian


China first alerted the World Health Organization to 27 cases of “viral pneumonia” in Wuhan on 31 December 2019. Now, almost a year on, life appears to be returning to normal with few indications of the city’s early role in the pandemic, which has infected more than 67 million people globally. Wuhan has not recorded a new locally transmitted case in several months and is now indistinguishable from many other Chinese cities. While business has yet to return fully to normal, shoppers have returned to Wuhan’s streets.

Photographs: Getty Images

Yangtse river bridge view
  • The Yangtse River bridge, deserted and busy again

Barricade erected across Wuhan street to control entry to residential area
  • A barricade is erected in the spring across one Wuhan street to control entry and exit to a residential compound

Aerial view of the city skyline
  • Traffic volumes up again on the interlocking roads

Street scene
  • By December shops are seeing the return of customers

City roads
  • From empty highways back to plenty of vehicles

A shopping street
  • A solitary pedestrian in February, and almost a crowd in December

A city centre street scene
  • Street flushing by Wuhan workers as the virus takes hold

Decorations adorn a city street
  • Outdoor decorations gain an audience in December

A city street corner
  • Gloom of uncertainty replaced by more confidence among residents

Rail tracks
  • A solo scooter rider in February; in December the tracks are busy

City traffic
  • Ghost town gives way to traffic jams

Jiangtan park
  • After almost a year residents congregate to relax in Jiangtan park

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