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  • Hi, I'm Carl Azuz.

  • Welcome back to CNN 10.

  • "Then and now" is a phrase that relates to today's first story.

  • The world has gone through extraordinary changes in one year.

  • On Friday, January 24th, 2020 there was a coronavirus outbreak occurring in east central China in the city of Wuhan.

  • We reported that day that the World Health Organization said the outbreak was not yet a public health emergency of international concern.

  • The organization changed that six days later, officially declaring an emergency.

  • We reported last January 24th that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Americans traveling in China should avoid Wuhan.

  • Seven days later, the Trump administration said anyone who had been in China within the previous two weeks would not be allowed to enter the United States unless they were U.S. residents coming home.

  • There had been fewer than ten cases of coronavirus identified in America by that time.

  • Since then, health officials have reported more than 25 million positive tests in the U.S., and more than 99 million worldwide.

  • In the first city hit by this disease, signs of recovery and scars of impacts are everywhere.

  • It is a city whose name evokes mystery, allegations of cover up, and agonyWuhan, China.

  • CNN returning to this, the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: on January 23rd 2020 this metropolis of more than 11 million residents locked down.

  • We left hours before, beginning a two-week quarantine in Beijing.

  • For 76 days, Wuhan remained sealed off.

  • And here we are again back one year later, the Huanan seafood market.

  • This at one point was believed to have been by Chinese authorities the ground zero of this outbreak.

  • This time last year, security had ushered us away within minutes of recording.

  • Now, January 2021, no security here.

  • We've been walking around for several minutes.

  • They don't seem to care.

  • That was until we started looking inside.

  • We noticed some people working behind the gate.

  • Suddenly, a seemingly random passerby on a bike shouted at us saying, "Don't be sneaky."

  • He later identified himself vaguely as working for the government.

  • He told us to walk around and try the entrance.

  • He said apparently, we can go in, so we'll see if we can actually get inside the market.

  • But I'm gonna ask this guy, "Can you go in?"

  • You can't go inside?

  • Tell him we have a, a COVID test, a negative COVID test.

  • Okay, we can't get...

  • Okay, no pictures.

  • So clearly a bit sensitive.

  • Perhaps it's because we're foreigners or because we're journalists.

  • The virus's origin has become highly politicized.

  • U.S. officials accusing China of covering up and allowing the virus to spread; China defensive, saying the Trump Administration was deflecting blame for its own mishandling.

  • A team from the WHO is now in Wuhan tasked with trying to find out the truth.

  • And yet geopolitics aside, the human suffering, it is universal.

  • Young Min spoke with us knowing she could face pressures from officials.

  • But a mother who's lost her only daughter has no more to lose.

  • When I sat down, you thanked me for getting the truth out.

  • What is the truth as you know it?

  • "The local officials did not tell us about the pandemic." she said.

  • "If measures were taken, I would not have sent my child to the hospital, which was the source of the infection."

  • Last January, Young's 24-year-old daughter had been receiving treatment for cancer.

  • She contracted Covid-19 and died in early February.

  • "When I speak about this, some parts of my heart still ache." she said.

  • Amidst the deep pain, we also encountered moments of hope in our return.

  • On the eve of the lock down last year, we visited this fruit market.

  • This woman selling sugar cane told me at the time that she was terrified.

  • She stayed, fearing the financial burden. 12 months later, we met again.

  • "At that time, I was crying all the time." she told me.

  • "We were suffering and scared."

  • Above her face mask, the pain still visible in her eyes, she says the people of Wuhan are resilient, likening them to heroes.

  • I'm so glad to see you in person and to know that you made it through the lockdown and you're healthy.

  • The market mood remarkably different from last year: business bustling, people much more at ease.

  • Would you say Wuhan is back open and on the path to recovery?

  • "It's not just starting from now." he says.

  • It started very early, to be honest.

  • In my opinion, Wuhan had already begun to recover since mid to late March.

  • Delivery driver Lao Ji has become well known on Chinese social media as he chronicled life during the lock down.

  • The then and now are striking: A city desolate amidst the lock down, followed by a summer with packed pool party images that shocked a socially distanced world outside of China,

  • and a New Year celebration that brought Wuhan residents shoulder to shoulder.

  • Though with new cluster outbreaks in the north of China, many here in Wuhan once again wearing face masks, cautious of the lingering unknowns.

  • And still surrounded by the haunting memories of a lockdown that kept millions of residents along with their grief sealed inside.

  • For some, only now, 12 months later, it is just beginning to surface.

  • David Cover, CNN, Wuhan.

  • Ten Second Trivia!

  • What was the first Asian city ever to host the Olympic Games?

  • Seoul, South Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Beijing, China, or New Delhi, India?

  • In 1964 Tokyo became the first Asian city ever to host the Olympics.

  • The question now is if the city will ever host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

  • The games were originally scheduled to begin last July, but four months before that they were postponed because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

  • Now, they're officially scheduled to begin on July 23rd of this year, and Olympic organizers have said that if they don't take place then they'll be canceled altogether instead of being postponed again.

  • Six months until the Tokyo Olympics; the outlook is grim.

  • The host city in a state of emergency.

  • Japan struggling with a severe surge in COVID-19 cases.

  • Speculation grows around whether the games could be held in the middle of a pandemic.

  • The Times of London reports the Japanese government has privately concluded that the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled, citing an unnamed senior government official.

  • The International and Japanese Olympic Committees called the report preposterous and categorically untrue.

  • Earlier on Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reaffirmed his commitment to hold the games as scheduled.

  • It will be a symbol of humanity overcoming the novel coronavirus.

  • We will be well prepared on the measures for the infection.

  • But Dick Pound, the longest serving member of the International Olympic Committee, isn't 100% sure.

  • Confident, uh, not, not, not, it's not a guarantee, of course, and and everyone understands that.

  • Cancelation would be a crippling scenario for Japan.

  • More than $25 billion spent in national pride are on the line.

  • I'm at the top of Shibuya Scramble Square, a new state of the art skyscraper built in anticipation for the Olympics.

  • In fact, this entire Shibuya district has been getting a complete makeover, new buildings, landscaping, and even new subway lines.

  • For years, Tokyo has been redeveloping, waiting to show all this off to an influx of tourists for the Olympics.

  • Yukio Nada manages a souvenir shop in this tower.

  • He said, "Without the Olympics and the tourists, it would dramatically hurt our business."

  • It's clear the games will not bring the economic boost Japan was hoping for.

  • Meanwhile, public support has fallen dramatically: 77% of people in Japan think that game should be canceled or further postponed, according to a poll by national broadcaster NHK.

  • Kumiko Sciutto, a member of an anti-Olympics group, argues that games are a wasteful spectacle. She said the government is obsessed with hosting the Olympics.

  • "It's becoming clear during this coronavirus disaster that the Olympics would sacrifice people's lives."

  • Japan's prime minister says the Summer Games will bring hope and courage to the world.

  • A lot of that courage will be needed as each day, the July 23rd opening date grows closer, and each day more fall sick with COVID-19.

  • Quick, count the elk! We'll give you a second.

  • Okay, that's good.

  • If you didn't say about 4,200, you're wrong.

  • At least that's how many one biologist counted from these pictures.

  • There were major wildfires in Colorado last year, so wildlife officials wanted to see how bad the impact was on herds of elk.

  • The good news: Officials who used GPS technology to count the animals say their herds appear to be in good shape, which is "elk-citing" in itself.

  • There are thousands of their elk, which is what "elkspert invelkstigators" want to see.

  • Call it a search for antlers.

  • Call it a cattle call.

  • But even if the elk themselves wanted to hoof it, it made for some puns as smooth as "selk."

  • And that's "elkxactly" what we're all about, "deer."

  • I'm Carl Azuz.

  • First shout out of the week goes to Saint Anthony, Idaho, because that's where we heard from South Fremont High School.

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Hi, I'm Carl Azuz.

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