Wuhan citizens have vowed to have more wild parties and mocked Britain's Covid struggles as the UK plunged into a third lockdown.
Residents of the Chinese city where the virus is thought to have originated more than a year ago told Brits to "get used to it".
In a fiery Twitter exchange, Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson took to the platform to question, "how has Wuhan achieved this without a vaccine?" after reports of the city's New Year celebrations.
However, the question ignited criticism, and Yang Zhanqiu, deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, told the Global Times on Sunday : "Wuhan was declared free of COVID-19 as the last domestic patient left hospital in April.
"Although winter has set in, Wuhan is still safe."
Yang added: "As a journalist, Pearson should better relate China's experience in controlling the epidemic to her countrymen and government to help the UK control the spread of the virus, instead of being jealous and hostile about Wuhan's celebration."
In the Chinese paper Global Times, an article stated more gatherings like the New Year event will take place in Wuhan and "the world better get used to it"
The nationalist paper also said Westerners should focus on saving "their fellow countrymen" instead of "attacking Wuhan's gatherings with prejudice and hostility".
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Its article went on to say: "When large crowds of Wuhan residents took to streets and launched balloons to celebrate the arrival of 2021 on New Year’s Eve, in sharp contrast with what Western media called a ghost town like Times Square with roads closed but no live audience, some Westerners with jealous eyes were sarcastic about Wuhan."
It comes after the UK was placed in a national lockdown after Prime Minister Boris Johnson 's announcement on Monday leaving millions frustrated.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a national lockdown in Scotland, which was followed by Mr Johnson's announcement hours later for England.
Restrictions in Wales have seen people being told to stay at home and avoid all but essential travel, have been in place since Sunday, December 20 and are reviewed every three weeks.
Northern Ireland is in the second week of a six-week lockdown, but amid soaring numbers of coronavirus infections, ministers took part in an urgent meeting on Monday evening.
It was announced there would be an "extended period" of remote learning.
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