After two months of strict isolation measures against the coronavirus, normality is slowly returning to central China. In the metropolis of Wuhan, where the virus first appeared in a wildlife market in December, people were allowed to go back to work on Monday. Public transport also started to roll up again slowly.
According to authorities, healthy residents of Wuhan are allowed to move freely around the city, take the bus and the subway. However, they must identify themselves. If the employer has given a corresponding permit, it is also possible to return to the job.
Leaving Wuhan and traveling to other parts of the surrounding Hubei province are also permitted again if the affected person has been tested for the virus and can present a health certificate.
According to the Chinese authorities, there were no new infections in China on Monday for the fifth day in a row. However, 39 new infections were found in people who had entered the country from abroad, the National Health Commission said. There were also nine deaths in Wuhan on Monday.
Wuhan was sealed off from the outside world on January 23 because of the rapid spread of the virus. Shortly afterwards, the measure was extended to the rest of the province of Hubei, which has almost 60 million inhabitants. Since then, the number of new infections has decreased significantly.
China now fears a new increase in infections caused by travelers from abroad. According to official figures, the number of cases brought in is now more than 350. Of the 39 new cases registered on Monday, there were ten in Shanghai and ten in Beijing. Many cities try to counteract this with strict quarantine measures.
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