The two-month lockdown in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, has been lifted.
Reports from Reuters reveal that some metro services and reopening of borders, on Saturday has allowed some semblance of normality to return and families to reunite.
Before the reopening of Wuhan, where the epidemic first erupted in late December, the city was cut-off from the rest of the country for two months.
This new development has marked a turning point in China’s fight against the virus, as the pandemic has spread to over 200 countries.
On Saturday morning, among those on the first high-speed trains allowed into the city was Guo Liangkai, a 19-year-old student whose one-month work stint in Shanghai stretched to three months due to the clamp down on movement.
On the usual routine which takes place before the emergence of Covid-19, Guo who spoke to Reuters after being greeted by his mother at the main station said, “It makes me very happy that I can see my family,”
“We wanted to hug but now is a special period so we can’t hug or take any actions like these.”
On the usual preventive measures, authorities took draconian measures to stop people from entering or leaving the industrial city of 11 million people in central China.
Movement was also restricted as families were confined to their homes. Bus and taxi services were shut, and only essential stores were allowed to remain open.
Another person, Zhang Yulun, 35, shared his experience also. He said, “I think the resumption of work represents a kind of hope. It at least shows that China is victorious,”
Concerning the current number of cases, China’s National Health Commission said on Saturday that, 54 new coronavirus cases were reported on the mainland on Friday, all involving so-called imported cases.
With the death toll rising by three to 3,295, Mainland China now has 81,394 cases.