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Wuhan strives to return to normal, but coronavirus scars run deep

EVERY YEAR, ON AUG. 25, CHINA CELEbrates the Qixi Festival, the nation’s equivalent of Valentine’s Day. Rooted in a mythical romance between an oxherd and a weaver girl, it’s when romance blooms and gooey-eyed sweethearts exchange overpriced trinkets.

In the central city of Wuhan, where the COVID-19 pandemic first emerged in December, couples relished this year’s festivities more

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