China to lift lockdown on Wuhan, Epicenter of coronavirus ou
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The mandatory lockdown in Wuhan, China — the global coronavirus pandemic began — will be lifted starting on April 8, the government announced. China barred people leaving or entering Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, starting January 23 and expanded the order to most of the province in the days that followed.

Traffic control measures are being officially lifted in Hubei, outside of Wuhan, starting Wednesday, March 25, according to the local government. However, anyone leaving the province will need a government-issued QR code as proof that they are healthy, South China Morning Post reports. While Wuhan itself still has two weeks of lockdown to go, some local operations are beginning to get back to business. Two car factories in the city started their production lines again on Monday.

Last week, the city of Wuhan reported no new cases of coronavirus for the first time since the outbreak started in late December. On March 19, China's health ministry said results over a 24-hour period showed just 34 new cases in all of mainland China, and all of those cases were detected in abroad returned people, according to the health ministry. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins show there have been over 81,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 3,280 coronavirus-related deaths in China. However, there are also more than 73,200 reported recoveries in the country, including more than 60,300 in hard-hit Hubei province.

So even though China's plans to lift the lockdown on Wuhan appears to be a positive sign, it is not necessarily an indicator other communities can count on, since the timelines may vary depending on how individual countries are dealing with the virus.

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