- On 23 January 2020 the world changed forever as Wuhan was the first city to enter a Covid-19 lockdown
- The move was unprecedented as 11 million people were told to socially distance and stay at home bring the city to a standstill
- A year on Wuhan is coming back to life while many other countries are in various stages of lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of the virus
On 23 January 2020, the world changed forever as Wuhan, a city on China's Hubei province went into lockdown to fight the spread of a new virus.
Covid-19 had been identified late in 2019 and had quickly spread through Wuhan, which has been identified as the possible epicentre of the pandemic.
The virus was different from other SARS coronaviruses and spread remarkably quickly. In an effort to slow the spread Beijing implemented strict social distancing regulations in Wuhan, essentially putting the city into lockdown according to Cape Talk.
This was the first lockdown of many the world experienced in its fight against Covid-19 and one year later, countries are still in lockdown.
The Wuhan lockdown was unprecedented as 11 million people were told to stay at home and many thought that something on the scale of the Wuhan lockdown was only possible in China.
The lockdown had an enormous negative effect on the city's economy, lasting for 76 days but it appeared to work.
China has only recorded 88 701 Covid cases and 4635 deaths, which makes the Asian nation one of the few Covid-19 success stories.
However, Western nations have been sceptical of China's data and have questioned the accuracy of their Covid-19 figures.
According to Reuters a documentary has been released in China called Year of Struggle which looked back at the Wuhan lockdown.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that life has returned to Wuhan's hospitality industry a year after the city was the first in the world to go into lockdown due to Covid-19.
The virus was first discovered in the city and brought it to a standstill with strict social distancing measures with a 76-day lockdown.
Nightclubs and restaurants were empty but now they are bustling with life and excitement. The rest of the world continues to struggle with the virus, with many nations going into their second hard lockdowns.
In other news, 2021 is turning into another terrible year as authorities in China found Covid-19 in samples of ice cream. This resulted in thousands of boxes of the frozen desert being seized.
The contaminated ice cream was recalled after the virus was discovered in samples of ice cream manufactured in eastern China by the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company.
Sky News reported that the ice cream was produced using ingredients from New Zealand and Ukraine.
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