China to Lift Lockdown on Coronavirus Epicenter

Date: 2020-03-24 07:29:01

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China’s Hubei province said it will allow transportation to resume for the city of Wuhan on April 8, effectively lifting a mass quarantine over the city where the coronavirus first emerged last December. And the city’s public transport is getting ready to resume operations.

People in Wuhan will be allowed to leave the city and Hubei province, according to a statement on the provincial government’s website Tuesday.

The easing of restrictions comes as Hubei reported that new infections dropped to zero on March 19, a dramatic plunge from the height of an epidemic that’s infected more than 80,000 Chinese and killed over 3,200.

China still has a long road back to recovery, and there is a risk the highly-infectious pathogen could flare up again. Even as Hubei’s numbers have dwindled to single digits, China is facing another concern as imported cases continue to add to the country’s tally of infections.

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