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Weird News Crowded swimming pool in Wuhan: China defends the party that astonished the web

19:16  20 august  2020
19:16  20 august  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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China on Thursday defended the organization of a mega-techno party in a crowded water park in Wuhan, epicenter of the Covid-19, hailing a "victory" against the coronavirus after the viral dissemination of images of the event on Internet.

Photos and videos showing hundreds of bathers in swimsuits, dancing side by side to the sound of electronic music and without masks, were widely shared on social networks.

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No death is thus to be deplored since mid-May.

The images of the Maya Beach water park, taken last weekend, however, aroused the incomprehension or the astonishment of some Internet users in Europe or the United States, where the coronavirus continues to claim many victims.

This Thursday, the AFP video has accumulated more than 16 million views since its broadcast.

"A strategic victory in its fight against the epidemic"

This show in the water park "shows that Wuhan has won a strategic victory in its fight against the epidemic", said Thursday Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the ministry Chinese Foreign Office in response to a question.

“I saw the AFP article. Apparently the Europeans and Americans were very surprised "when they saw these images, he said during a regular press briefing, saying he hoped that the foreign media" reported the real situation "in China.

Wuhan was cut off from the world for 76 days between January and April. But the vast majority of the 11 million inhabitants have been tested in a massive screening campaign and have gradually returned to normal life.

Many water parks and swimming pools have already reopened all over China.

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