China To Lift Lockdown on Wuhan, Hubei Province After More Than Two Months (Video)
The Hubei Province's lockdown will be lifted at midnight, however the city of Wuhan's lockdown will lift April 8.
As cases of coronavirus in China have slowed, the country is set to lift its weeks-long lockdown in Wuhan and the Hubei province.
Wuhan — the original epicenter of the outbreak — will remain on lockdown until April 8, and the lockdown in the remainder of the Hubei province will be lifted at midnight on Tuesday, according to a government announcement.
The news marks two months since the lockdown was first put in place. Travel to and from Wuhan was abruptly cut off on January 23 as the virus began to spread. The rest of the Hubei province was similarly isolated in the following days.
New cases in the province have dropped to almost zero for five consecutive days. At the height of the pandemic in China, Hubei 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.
As the lockdown lifts, individual provinces will be left to decide whether or not to allow in travelers from Hubei over the coming days.
The rest of China is slowly reopening to visitors, according to The Associated Press. Although many major tourist attractions remain closed, visitors can walk along parts of the Great Wall by appointment or enter the Beijing zoo. Some restaurants have reopened, providing that customers do not sit facing each other. Other restaurants are checking for temperatures in every customer who enters.
Visitors heading to the Great Wall — specifically to the now-reopened Badaling section — need to buy tickets in advance, and have a registered Health QR code that shows their health status, and are required to wear face masks, CNN reported. They will also have their temperature checked upon arrival.
On Tuesday, China’s National Health Commission reported 78 new coronavirus cases, 74 of which were people who had caught the virus while traveling 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.
Since its outbreak, more than 392,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus. At least 17,100 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
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