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Medics back in Wuhan for cherry blossoms

Over a year ago, Fang Yafang made a decision to go to Wuhan where the country’s first cluster of COVID-19 cases was reported. The 27-year-old nurse from Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, battled against the virus there for 52 days, taking care of the severe patients.

It seems like deja vu, Fang said as she once again captured the first bud of spring in the city this year as it sees its annual cherry blossoms season starting from early March.

“When I first arrived in Wuhan last February, the city was nearly empty, with few on the streets but batches of medical teams from time to time,” Fang recalled. “After over a year, Wuhan has returned to the bustle and hustle of city life.”

Fang is among thousands of medical workers across China who had assisted Wuhan with the fight against the epidemic in 2020 and returned to the city this year with their family members to enjoy the stunning full bloom beauty, at the invitation of Wuhan.

According to official figures, the epidemic in Wuhan had been gradually brought under control with the assistance of more than 42,000 medical workers across China, and the city has reported no new local cases since May 18, 2020.

Wuhan University, one of the best places in the city to feast the eyes of cherry blossom admirers, announced it would offer free exclusive tours and performances for them and their relatives on weekend.

The events will continue for the next three years during the cherry blossom season, said Wu Ping, vice president of the university.

Data shows over 21,000 medical workers have registered online to visit the campus during the weekend, including over 3,800 from outside the city.

A total of 1,500 students and teachers of the university have volunteered to provide services for them such as guided tours and taking photos.

“I was deeply moved as plenty of pedestrians stopped and waved at us on our way to Wuhan University on a bus that took us there,” said Wei Lijuan, deputy director of the nursing department of a hospital in Yangquan, Shanxi Province.

“No city is more deserving of the scenery full of life and energy than Wuhan,” said Wei.

Wang Yang from Hunan Province, who helped set up a major makeshift hospital in Wuhan, said: “It was such a rewarding experience for us to stand united with Wuhan, especially when we see the vitality of Wuhan today.”


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