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In Wuhan, birthplace of COVID-19, life is now a party

Salaam Times and AFP

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This photo taken on August 15 shows spectators watching a performance as they cool off in a swimming pool in Wuhan, China. [STR/AFP]

WUHAN, China -- While the rest of the world is grappling with the incalculable toll from the COVID-19 pandemic, in Wuhan, China, the birthplace of the devastating coronavirus, locals are partying like never before.

Over the weekend in Wuhan, the popular Maya Beach Water Park was filled with thousands of people frolicking in swimsuits and goggles for an electronic music festival, many perched on rubber dinghies or wading up to their chest in water.

The water park reopened in June after Wuhan gradually opened up after a 76-day lockdown, and life now appears to be back to normal.

A performer on stage at the front of the water waved at the crowd, packed close and waving their arms back, some snapping photos on phones protected in plastic pouches round their necks.

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Thousands of spectators in Wuhan, China, attend a performance on August 15. [STR/AFP]

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Thousands look on at a performance at a swimming pool in Wuhan on August 15. [STR/AFP]

Another performer on a water jet board entertained his audience by hovering above them with sparks shooting from his back.

Some of the crowd had donned life jackets, but none of the tightly-packed party-goers were seen to be wearing face masks as a DJ in bright yellow headphones played on stage.

The first known cases of COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan late last year, a city of 11 million people, before the virus spread across the world, killing hundreds of thousands and crippling economies.

The world looks on in disbelief

These scenes of carefree jubilation will likely not sit well with those around the world who are suffering immensely from the unprecedented pandemic that originated in Wuhan.

As of Monday (August 17), COVID-19 has infected over 21 million people and killed 770,000, wreaking an incalculable political, economic, social and health toll on every country in the world with no end seemingly in sight.

Observers around the world will also not be happy to see that Beijing is actively trying to portray itself as the global hero of the pandemic.

In the most recent example of the Chinese disinformation campaign, the National Museum of China opened up a new exhibit, "Unity of Strength", which showcases paintings, sculptures and calligraphy that depict what the regime says is its success in responding to the crisis.

However, Bejing's narrative of "heroic deeds" belies its true role in the pandemic.

Earlier in 2020, Chinese authorities, knowing a deadly outbreak was afoot, said nothing for almost a week, allowing the virus to take hold in Wuhan and spread across the world, while deliberately suppressing or destroying evidence of the outbreak.

Since the beginning of the crisis, Beijing has been actively attempting to deflect criticism of its role in the coronavirus pandemic by promoting conspiracy theories and has been caught flooding the news and social media with blatant disinformation about the virus.

Meanwhile, Chinese companies are taking advantage of the pandemic to turn a profit.

Between March and May, China exported more than 50 billion face masks -- a 10-fold increase from total production last year, according to analysts.

As part of this effort, Chinese authorities are forcing Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region to work in factories to produce personal protection equipment (PPE), much of which has been proven to be shoddy and ineffective.

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Greetings to the editor of Salaam Times! I am a journalist and I work with a media outlet in Jalalabad. I check reports of Salaam Times from time to time and sometimes I use it as an authentic source. This report is different from Salaam Times' other reports as I point out two of its main faults; one is that there are dictation mistakes in the report and the other is that English words are used in the report. Compared to your other reports, this report appears as if it is translated from any other language. One word used in it is similar to an insult, and I write a number of them as follow; 1. dictation faults: غوندې/غونډې [like/gatherings], crona, چمشمو [chamshamo], پشتو [Pashto]. 2. English and Urdu: هفتې [weeks], electronic, June, lockdown, life jackets, party, August, social media, March and May. Regards

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Yes, I liked the report, but its language is a bit different than the fluent language of Salaam Times.

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Death to the dirty Chinese!

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China infected the world with the corona-virus virus, and now it is watching it carelessly.

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It seems from your report that COVID 19 virus is not an animal virus but a fictitious virus that has spread from Chinese research laboratories, and the Chinese government was directly involved in making the virus. China was able to defeat many countries of the world with COVID 19. Even the United States, which has the greatest economic and military power of the world, was defeated against the COVID 19 and thousands of people in the United States lost their lives as a result of this disease. The disease also caused countless damages to the government and the people of the United States as well as other countries of the world. China should pay remuneration to all the countries of the world. The United Nation’s Security Council should impose economic sanctions on China, because the Chinese government was responsible for spreading of the virus.

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