China’s Wuhan city, where a new type of coronavirus first appeared at the end of last year, opened to the world on Saturday after more than two months of isolation. Shortly after midnight in the city stopped the first train with a handful of passengers, AFP reported. Most of the newcomers were Wuhan people who remained trapped outside the city before they were closed.
“When the train was entering the station, my daughter and I were excited”
said a 36-year-old woman who had not seen her husband for ten weeks because of the closure of the city. When their child ran to her father, the woman said she couldn’t help tears.
The 11 million city was closed by the authorities at the end of January; Strict measures have been gradually abolished by the authorities on this Wednesday.
It will take some time for Wuhan to break free from the isolation, notes AFP. Residents must stay in the city by April 8. On the same date, it is planned to reopen its airports.
Business centers remain closed and people in the streets still walk in their veils and avoid each other.
At the same time, the incoming person has to undergo a health check, document check and questions about previous trips before entering the city.
The first patients with the new coronavirus at that time had Wuchan doctors recorded in December 2019. Since then, over 50,000 people in the city have been infected, the vast majority of China’s 81,394 confirmed cases of infection, and Covid-19 claimed 2538 deaths.
In recent weeks, however, the number of newly infected has slowed significantly, the Chinese authorities now consider Wuhan as a low-risk area. 54 people were infected in the country on Friday, all of whom came to China from other countries.