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China Set To Lift Lockdown Over Coronavirus Epicentre, Wuhan

China Set To Lift Lockdown Over Coronavirus Epicentre, Wuhan

Chinese authorities are believed to be on track to lift the months-long lockdown over the city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated, according to Bloomberg.

It is believed that once the quarantine comes to an end, people will be able to leave the city and Hubei province for the first time since the lockdown was put in place back on 23 January.

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Medical staff from Hunan gesture on the train at a railway station in Wuhan. Credit: PA
Medical staff from Hunan gesture on the train at a railway station in Wuhan. Credit: PA

Health officials have said that people could be in a position to get transportation out of Wuhan on 8 April.

The potential easing of restrictions comes after Hubei reported that new infections dropped to zero on 19 March, a dramatic plunge from the height of an epidemic that's infected more than 80,000 Chinese and killed over 3,200.

Shortly after the outbreak of the coronavirus (otherwise known as Covid-19), China cancelled all trains and flights, with checkpoints being set up on roads into the central province.

Policemen salute to medics from Guangdong Province before departure in Wuhan. Credit: PA
Policemen salute to medics from Guangdong Province before departure in Wuhan. Credit: PA
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This shines a positive light for us all after the UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, put measures in place last night (23 March) that put the country on a three-week lock down.

Most recent figures show that 83,945 people in the UK have been tested with 6,650 positive cases and 335 deaths.

Meetings of more than two people are banned, and you should not have visitors to your home or meet family and friends.

The PM explained that these measures would be reassessed in three weeks and the outbreak was being kept under 'constant review'.

He said: "That's all - these are the only reasons you should leave your home. You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say 'no'. You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.

"You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine - and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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Topics: World News, News, Coronavirus, China

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]