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Wuhan Lockdown Ends After 76 Days

Wuhan Lockdown Ends After 76 Days

Millions of people living in Wuhan today are celebrating the top of 76 days of quarantine. After 76 days in lockdown, the Chinese city at the guts of the worldwide pandemic reopened Wednesday and tens of thousands immediately hopped on trains and planes to go away .

And for the first time since January, visitors and residents who are virus free are allowed to leave the city. Wuhan is a city in China that is home to 11 million people – coronavirus was first discovered in Wuhan in December.

People living in Wuhan had one of the strictest lockdowns in China – no one was allowed to go out, even for food or medicine. Instead it was delivered to them.

A medical worker from China’s Jilin Province, in red, embraces a colleague from Wuhan as she prepares to return home at Wuhan Tianhe Airport in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Image Source: AP

China sealed Wuhan, a city center of 11 million people, on Jan. 23, a drastic step that came to symbolise its aggressive management of the virus. More than 50,000 people in Wuhan were infected, and quite 2,500 of them died, about 80% of all deaths in China, consistent with official figures.

The virus has since spread round the world, infecting quite 1.4 million people, killing 82,000 of them and wreaking havoc on the worldwide economy as governments-imposed lockdowns to rein in its spread.

Passengers board the first train departing from a railway station after the lockdown is lifted in Wuhan. Image Source: EPA

While China has managed to curb its coronavirus epidemic the measures to contain it have exacted an important economic and social toll, with many residents in recent days expressing relief as well as uncertainty and worry over the lingering danger of infection.

Wuhan has slowly been returning towards normal, with people officially allowed to enter the city from March 28, although restrictions remain. Residents are urged to not leave Wuhan or Hubei province, or maybe their neighbourhood, unless absolutely necessary. Some travellers wore full protective suits, long raincoats or face shields.

Medical workers from the First Bethune hospital of Jilin University hug their Wuhan colleagues at the airport as they prepare to leave. Image Source: EPA

“We are acutely aware that we must not relax as we’ve not claimed final victory,” Hubei vice governor Cao Guangjin said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We need to remain calm, and be just as cautious at the end as at the beginning.”

Passengers board a China Eastern Airlines flight at Tianhe Airport. Image Source: Shutterstock

hopping malls and therefore the city’s biggest shopping belt, the Chu River and Han street, reopened on March 30. Long queues, because of requirements that customers stand a metre apart, have formed at supermarkets while some residents have taken advantage of the hotter weather to resume outdoor badminton games and dancing.

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