Photos: Life slowly returns to Covid-19 epicentre Wuhan

People dancing on the streets, long lines at breakfast stands, family visits at historic sites--the scenes in coronavirus ground zero Wuhan these days would have been unthinkable in January. Wuhan's recovery after a 76-day lockdown was lifted in April has brought life back onto its streets. Although business is still slow in the city. China has almost brought its domestic epidemic under control, but sporadic outbreaks and severe flooding have worsened the economic fallout.

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Couples dance next to the Yangtze River in Wuhan on August 5. Wuhan’s recovery after a 76-day lockdown was lifted in April has brought life back onto its streets. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

Couples dance next to the Yangtze River in Wuhan on August 5. Wuhan’s recovery after a 76-day lockdown was lifted in April has brought life back onto its streets. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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A gathering of people is seen at a market in Wuhan on August 4. The queues outside breakfast stands are a far cry from the terrified crowds that lined up at Wuhan’s hospitals in the first weeks after the city was quarantined in January to curb the spread of COVID-19 outbreak. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

A gathering of people is seen at a market in Wuhan on August 4. The queues outside breakfast stands are a far cry from the terrified crowds that lined up at Wuhan’s hospitals in the first weeks after the city was quarantined in January to curb the spread of COVID-19 outbreak. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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A man plays with his nephew, both wearing face masks, while visiting the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan on August 7. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

A man plays with his nephew, both wearing face masks, while visiting the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan on August 7. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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An aerial view of the new Wuhan hospital that was built to care for patients affected by COVID-19 in Wuhan, on August 6. Business remains slow in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people where the coronavirus was first detected late last year. “In the first half of the year, we only opened some projects that had been decided before the outbreak,” Hu Zeyu, an employee at a local real estate company, told AFP. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

An aerial view of the new Wuhan hospital that was built to care for patients affected by COVID-19 in Wuhan, on August 6. Business remains slow in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people where the coronavirus was first detected late last year. “In the first half of the year, we only opened some projects that had been decided before the outbreak,” Hu Zeyu, an employee at a local real estate company, told AFP. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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A view of a food stall in Wuhan on August 4. Food stall owner Yang Liankang (not pictured) told AFP that things are improving slowly, with sales growing from around 300 Yuan ($28.72) a day a month ago to more than 1,000 Yuan. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

A view of a food stall in Wuhan on August 4. Food stall owner Yang Liankang (not pictured) told AFP that things are improving slowly, with sales growing from around 300 Yuan ($28.72) a day a month ago to more than 1,000 Yuan. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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Men ride scooters next to the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan on August 4. Huanan Seafood Market is believed to be the epicentre of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. It was sealed off by the authorities and still stands empty behind blue barriers. Some vendors have reopened their stalls elsewhere. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

Men ride scooters next to the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan on August 4. Huanan Seafood Market is believed to be the epicentre of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. It was sealed off by the authorities and still stands empty behind blue barriers. Some vendors have reopened their stalls elsewhere. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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A woman plays with her son by East Lake in Wuhan on August 5. Wuhan has also had time to look back on its trauma, though only some memories make it into the official narrative. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

A woman plays with her son by East Lake in Wuhan on August 5. Wuhan has also had time to look back on its trauma, though only some memories make it into the official narrative. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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A man and a child peer through glass at autographed Hazmat suits used by medical workers at the height of Wuhan’s outbreak, at a pandemic-themed exhibition--attempted to document the unprecedented period in the city’s history, in Wuhan on August 5. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

A man and a child peer through glass at autographed Hazmat suits used by medical workers at the height of Wuhan’s outbreak, at a pandemic-themed exhibition--attempted to document the unprecedented period in the city’s history, in Wuhan on August 5. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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A view of Wuhan city seen from East Lake in China’s central Hubei province on August 5. China has largely brought its domestic epidemic under control, but sporadic outbreaks and a summer of severe flooding have exacerbated the economic fallout, AFP reported. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

A view of Wuhan city seen from East Lake in China’s central Hubei province on August 5. China has largely brought its domestic epidemic under control, but sporadic outbreaks and a summer of severe flooding have exacerbated the economic fallout, AFP reported. (Hector Retamal / AFP)

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