Authorities in China’s Hubei Province will lift restrictions on transport links to the city of Wuhan, which has become a hotbed of coronavirus proliferation, from April 8. This was reported by Channel NewsAsia, citing statements by the Wuhan headquarters to prevent and combat the spread of the virus on Tuesday, March 24.
Restrictions on external traffic outside Wuhan will be lifted from midnight on March 25, and from midnight on April 8, the province will lift access controls and resume external traffic.
Wuhan has been effectively isolated from the outside world since 23 January due to the coronavirus. Ten other cities in Hubei Province were quarantined the next day. Traffic to and from Hubei province has been suspended, local residents are not allowed to leave without a permit, and entry is based on the same principle. Travel within the cities is also strictly restricted.
It was in Wuhan, in December 2019, that a zero patient was identified as infected with SARS-CoV-2. On 11 March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
According to Worldometers website as of March 24, the infection spread to 195 countries, where more than 381 thousand people are ill and more than 16 thousand patients died.
The virus infected 81,171 people in China, killing 3,277 and curing 73,159 patients.