'The world is angry': Outrage over pool party in coronavirus epicentre

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

There has been outrage over photos taken of people partying at a waterpark in the Chinese city where it is believed coronavirus originated from.

Images taken at the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park in Wubei province on Saturday show people crowding into pools.

There were also pyrotechnics and a DJ performing in the city which was once the global epicentre of the deadly virus.

This photo taken shows people watching a performance as they cool off in a swimming pool in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province.
People cool off at Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park on Saturday. Source: AFP via Getty Images

It’s thought COVID-19, which has killed more than 770,000 people worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University data, came from wet markets in Wuhan.

China says it’s managed to clamp down on transmission of the virus and on Saturday reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on the mainland.

But photos of people partying in Wuhan have sparked fury after they were shared online.

“The world is angry with this,” one woman tweeted.

“Thousands of people have died because of the irresponsibility of these people and now they are celebrating.”

This photo shows people watching a performance as they cool off in a swimming pool in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province.
People are angry about the party. Source: AFP via Getty Images

One man called it “very irresponsible”.

“Celebration in Wuhan after making half of the world live indoors,” another man tweeted.

However, not everyone was furious over the partying antics.

“These people deserve to have fun,” one woman tweeted.

“When other countries go back to normal life we will party too. I am pretty sure no one will wait for others to recover from corona to party.”

Similar pictures were captured at Maya Paradise water park in Nanchang, Jiangxi province earlier this month also causing anger.

This photo shows people watching a performance as they cool off in a swimming pool in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province.
A live music performance at Saturday's pool party. Source: AFP via Getty Images

The scenes are a far cry from the photos which emerged from the locked down city in January, when it had come to a total standstill before restrictions were lifted in April.

Sydney resident Daniel Ou Yang at the time said the city had become “a ghost town”.

“The city’s empty,” he said.

“The population’s 11 million people and I can only see maybe one or two people on the street.”

with Reuters

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