The anniversary of the world’s first COVID-19 lockdown passing quietly in central China’s Wuhan.
Authorities imposed a strict shutdown on the Chinese city three years ago after COVID-19 first emerged there in late 2019.
Chrysanthemums began to appear on Wuhan’s streets, but instead of celebrating the Lunar New Year, the blooms served a more somber purpose: to mourn loved ones lost in the most recent wave of COVID-19.
In 2020, Wuhan’s eleven million residents were cut off from the world for 76 days.
A list of citizen journalists who disappeared from Wuhan also emerged. They vanished from the public eye after reporting on early research into the pandemic’s origin and the harsh reality of the outbreak in the city.