The Chinese city of Wuhan announced the first death of the novel coronavirus exactly a year ago – and nearly two million deaths later around the world, the metropolis is seeking to rebrand itself.
“Wuhan is the safest city in China now, even the whole world,” Xiong Liansheng, a 66-year-old resident, told Agence France-Presse on Monday.
On Jan. 11, 2020, a 61-year-old man who was a regular of the city’s wet market was confirmed to have died of the nascent illness, which developed into a raging pandemic with over 90 million cases globally.
The city of some 11 million people, which has reportedly conquered the deadly bug, has recently launched a promotional video to attract visitors to experience its natural beauty.
On Monday, the anniversary slipped by unmarked as commuters moved freely to work and visitors filled parks and riverside promenades, in stark contrast to strict lockdowns and restrictions in place in other countries, according to AFP.