Photos of Wuhan’s vibrant nightlife show the city where the COVID-19 pandemic began is reveling in its newfound freedom

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  • People in Wuhan, China, are out in the streets and partying without masks, which makes it look like life is basically back to normal in the city.
  • Wuhan, where the coronavirus is thought to have originated, lifted its lockdown seven months ago.
  • Partygoers are making the most of their freedom, according to a series of photos taken by Aly Song on December 12 and posted by Reuters. 
  • They are celebrating in large groups without masks, enjoying street food and playing with toy guns, late into the night.
  • "After experiencing the first wave of epidemic in Wuhan and then the liberation, I feel like I'm living a second life," 29-year-old Zhang Qiong told Reuters.
  • The city was under a 76-day lockdown from January 23 until April 8, and has not had a reported case of COVID-19 since May 10.
  • Meanwhile, other countries such as the UK, US, and Italy face stricter measures and further lockdowns as cases and infection rates soar. 
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A woman waits for her friends outside a Wuhan nightclub.

Inside, people dance in large crowds.

Life is basically back to normal for young people, who are enjoying their freedom.

They dance and sing among confetti and balloons.

There hasn't been a reported case of COVID-19 in Wuhan in over seven months, and people are making up for lost time.

Some of the partying erupts into the streets, with people playing with toy guns and dancing in the open air.

Parks are full of people.

Wuhan's streets are lined with food trucks and stalls.

A woman eats street food.

There are no restrictions for meeting friends for dinner.

Outside entertainment captures the city's energy, such as this band.

Restaurants and dinner parties are buzzing.

People can gather indoors without the threat of the coronavirus.

The typical detritus left after a post-party meal.

A woman checks her makeup — no longer smudged by a mask — in her phone camera.

People celebrate a birthday and wipe cake on each other.

Wuhan's streets show the familiar sight of what happens at the end of a night.

People wait for public transport or stumble home.

Some are helped into taxis.

Others feel the effects of going too hard too soon.

A couple hug on the floor outside the club.

A phone lies on the floor, forgotten by a partygoer who may not notice until morning.

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