After more than 10 weeks, the lockdown of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in China, has finally been lifted.
Today, April 8, 2020, Wuhan's residents can travel to neighboring cities and provinces for the first time since January 23. Airports and train and bus terminals are not only open but serving thousands of passengers already.
According to The Guardian, the airline China Eastern has 30 flights and more than 1,600 trips booked from Wuhan to other cities in China like Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. The report added more than 55,000 passengers have booked train tickets to leave the city.
The reopening of Wuhan came after only three new coronavirus cases were reported in the city in the previous three weeks, The New York Times reported. It added that China reported no further deaths for the first time since January.
While the city may be open for business and travel, there are still restrictions, especially on people's movements. The Guardian says schools, including colleges, are still closed until further notice. The local government is asking citizens to continue to stay home as much as possible. Outings and large gatherings are discouraged. Citizens are still required to wear masks in public places.
There are still residential compounds and apartment blocks that remain closed off with strict security. The South China Morning Post says people need to "carry a QR code or paperwork showing they are in good health before being allowed to leave residential compounds and use public transport or enter shops."
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It was in Wuhan where COVID-19 first emerged. The Guardian says more than 2,500 people in the city have died from the virus, "but some Wuhan residents believe the true figure is likely to be higher."