China Lifts Wuhan Lockdown After 76 Days
There are still some lingering restrictions.
China lifted its lockdown on Wuhan, the former epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, after 76 days. on Wednesday.
Citizens are permitted to leave their homes and begin to return to life as normal — albeit with some lingering restrictions. They must have a smartphone app which uses data-tracking and government surveillance to assure that residents are healthy and have not been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19, according to The Associated Press.
Since travel to and from Wuhan was abruptly cut off on January 23, local authorities are still monitoring how often people are coming and going, according to the New York Times. The remainder of the Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located, was relieved of their lockdown in March.
To celebrate the re-opening of the city, a light show was broadcast on either side of the Yangtze River. Skyscrapers, bridges and buildings showed images of health workers assisting patients and the words “heroic city,” which president Xi Jinping called Wuhan. People came out to cheer, chant, sing and wave flags in celebration.
This week, for the first time, China reported no new deaths from the virus. All 32 of its confirmed cases were from people who had traveled abroad.
Major cities like Beijing and Shanghai have implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers returning from abroad. Beijing is requiring everyone returning from abroad to be tested for the virus.
The rest of China is slowly reopening to visitors including sections of the Great Wall.
Numbers are capped at about 30 percent of the wall’s usual daily visitors and those who show up have to have their temperature checked before they can enter. Some restaurants have reopened, providing that customers do not sit facing each other. Other restaurants are checking for temperatures in every customer who enters.
Since its outbreak, more than 1.4 million people around the world have been infected with COVID-19. It has killed at least 83,400 people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. At the height of the pandemic in China, The Hubei Province was reporting thousands of new infections every day, and now makeshift hospitals, that once accommodated an overwhelming number of patients, are starting to close due to lack of demand.
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