As the city of Wuhan in China prepared for the Lunar New Year last Feb. 12, shoppers were seen taking to the streets and making last-minute purchases, painting a picture of near-normalcy in the region.
The city appeared to be back to normal as it had been free from the coronavirus for several months now.
Citizens reacted positively to the current situation with many businesses recovering and sales increasing. Despite this, some merchants, particularly those at the wet market, still felt the effect of the shutdown, saying that their sales had been halved in the previous year leading up to the Chinese New Year holiday.
The city where the deadly pathogen was first observed in late 2019, had been closely watched as it fought to recover.
The outbreak that followed that year forced authorities to impose a total shutdown from the end of January to early April last year due to hospitals overflowing with infected patients and dying people.