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China to lift lockdown on Wuhan, ground zero of coronavirus outbreak

China has announced it will lift the lock down on Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, on April 8.

 Hubei

China to lift lockdown on Wuhan, ground zero of coronavirus outbreak

Chinese authorities have announced they will end a two-month lock down of the most of virus-affected central Hubei province in April, as domestic cases of the virus continue to subside.

The date comes more than two months after the city was first sealed off from the outside world, in an unprecedented bid to contain the fast spreading virus. Similar lock down measures will be lifted Wednesday for other cities in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, provincial authorities announced Tuesday.

The easing of travel restrictions follows a significant reduction in new infections in Hubei, with new cases dropping to zero for five consecutive days from March 19 — down from thousands of daily new cases at the height of the epidemic in February. On Tuesday, the province reported one new case in Wuhan, a doctor at the Hubei General Hospital.

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