China lockdown expires, but many measures stay in place
CHINA closed the borders of Wuhan, its tenth biggest city that is home to 11 million people, on Jan 23 amid the lead-up to the Lunar New Year holiday.
The country eased lockdowns in much of Hubei province two weeks ago. The country is bracing for a return of COVID-19 activity, and many measures still remain in place, such as physical distancing and school closures.
People can leave the city if they show proof they are healthy.
Media reports show that rail service and public transportation have resumed. Stephen McDonell, the BBC’s China correspondent, said on Twitter today that although air service remains limited, 200 flights were scheduled to leave the city, which lit up its skyline at midnight to mark the lifted lockdown.
In another key development, China reported no new deaths today for the first time during the pandemic; it reported 30 new cases today, all of them imported.
China and other Asian countries that were affected early in the pandemic have been bracing for a resurgence, which some countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore have reported to a limited degree.