China to lift travel curbs on Hubei province, including Wuhan

Tuesday March 24 2020

Migrant workers and their relatives queue to get on a special train before departing to Shenzhen, in Yichang in China's central Hubei province on March 23, 2020. People in central China where the coronavirus was first detected are allowed to go back to work and public transport is restarting as some normalcy slowly returns after a two-month lockdown. PHOTO | STR | AFP



China's central Hubei province, where the deadly coronavirus first emerged late last year, is to lift travel curbs after two months under lockdown, local officials said Tuesday.

Healthy residents will be allowed to leave the province from midnight Tuesday.

Wuhan, the initial epicentre of the outbreak, will lift restrictions from April 8.

Travel and work restrictions in Hubei province have been gradually eased and Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first visit to Wuhan earlier this month.

Wuhan residents considered healthy can now move around the city and take public transport if they show identification, and they can also go back to work if they have a permit from their employer.