Following strict lockdown measures implemented on 23 January in the Chinese city of Wuhan as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the restrictions have now been loosened, with metro services resuming for the first time on 28 March.
High-speed train services had also not been allowed into Wuhan during the emergency measures. But on Saturday that changed. However, city residents will have to wait until 8 April before they are allowed to leave.
Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, was the origin of the coronavirus outbreak. Residents were confined to their homes and only essential shops remained open. Other transport services such as bus and taxi services were stopped. Residents were also required to wear masks when outside.
However, the threat from the virus is not over, despite Wuhan’s last reported infected case coming on 23 March. At the moment China is still preventing foreign nationals entering the country.
The city authorities in Wuhan have also been disinfecting train stations in full protective gear. Residents also need a health code that is sent to them on their phones before they are allowed to take public transport.
The total number of known coronavirus cases in China is 82,455, with 3,313 deaths. The world will definitely look on to see if a loosening of restrictions with safety measures still in place will keep case numbers in the city down.
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