The central-eastern Chinese province of Hubei, the birthplace of the coronavirus pandemic and the most affected by the virus in China, resumed much of its movement with the lifting of travel restrictions, effective as of today.
Thus, the citizens and travelers who are in Hubei “locked up” to date will be able to leave the province, except in Wuhan, where the quarantine will not be lifted until next April 8.
According to the state news agency Xinhua, the railway service is back on track in the province, with the exception of Wuhan, its capital, where it will not operate in any of the city’s 17 stations.
The source said that at the border between Huanggang City (in Hubei) and Jiujiang (in Jiangxi Province), “dozens of people were waiting to leave Hubei on Tuesday night” (GMT +8 time).
In the case of Wuhan, trains will start arriving in the city starting next Saturday, while those leaving it will have to wait until April 8.
Meanwhile, the city’s urban bus service has begun operating after a nine-week hiatus, at a time when official figures are barely registering new infections or deaths from COVID-19 pneumonia.
Travelers who want to use these services must present either a code generated by the mobile phone that certifies their state of health or a medical certificate issued by the health authorities.
Thus begins a more than relative return to normality, since a quarantine in Wuhan began on January 23 that paralyzed all non-emergency transport.
At least 2,526 people have died from COVID-19 in Wuhan since the outbreak was detected last year, and 1,358 patients are still in serious condition.
The total number of infected diagnosed in China since the start of the pandemic is 81,218, among which 3,281 people have perished, according to the latest data from the National Health Commission.