Trains and coaches taken by storm, traffic jams on the roads, after two months of closure due to coronavirus, the province of central China started on Wednesday to open its doors. Wuhan remains in quarantine.

Trains and coaches taken by storm, traffic jams on the roads, after two months of closure due to coronavirus, the province of central China started on Wednesday to open its doors. Wuhan remains in quarantine.

(.) – In front of Macheng station, a city of 800,000 inhabitants, a crowd accompanied by children lined up in the rain to buy a ticket and leave the province, de facto cut off from the rest of the country since the end of January.

The Chinese government announced on Tuesday that travel restrictions will be lifted under certain conditions from midnight for all of Hubei, except for its capital, Wuhan, where the new coronavirus appeared in late 2019, before spreading worldwide. The quarantine of the city of 11 million inhabitants will only be lifted on April 8.

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The province, which has more than 50 million inhabitants, was by far the hardest hit by the epidemic which killed nearly 3,300 people in China, out of more than 80,000 cases of contamination. The closure of the province occurred just before the long break of the Chinese New Year, at the time when millions of migrant workers, employed in the big cities of the east or the south of the country, had returned to their province of origin.

“Stuck for two months at home”

Result, thousands of migrants desperately waiting for power return to their place of work, on which their family depends for their subsistence.

In Huanggang, a city of 7 million inhabitants among the most affected by the epidemic, workers carrying luggage waited to be able to board coaches leaving the province, according to images broadcast by the agency Chine nouvelle. An unidentified worker told the official news agency that he was returning to Wenzhou, a coastal city in the east of the country. “I have been stuck at home here in Hubei for two months,” he said.

After India’s decision to confine its 1.3 billion inhabitants to the coronavirus, almost 2.5 billion people are confined. At the same time, the United States and Brazil are on the contrary trying to minimize.

In addition to long-distance rail and road transportation, three provincial airports were scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, but Wuhan was not. Authorities have clarified that only healthy people could move around – which must be electronically certified by a green QR code saved in their phone. Trains should be allowed to drop passengers off in Wuhan this Saturday.

If it is still forbidden to leave the city, about thirty access roads leading to Wuhan were reopened Wednesday to motorists with a green code, according to Chinese media, who broadcast images of long traffic jams on the roads . Some residents prevented for two months from returning to the province were able to do so on Wednesday morning.

Long absence

A teacher named Guo Wei told . that she bought the first available train ticket she could find in Beijing before going to Macheng station. It is the first time since the quarantine of the province that it returns on the spot. “It was very hard”, she said.

With dozens of officially registered infections, the Grand Duchy has chosen to take drastic measures to limit the spread of covid-19. Measures that impact the daily lives of 614,000 residents and 200,000 cross-border residents of the country.

In all the countries, no new cases of contamination of local origin has only been detected during last 24 hours, but 47 cases “imported” from abroad have been identified, bringing the total to 474. Four additional deaths have been reported, including three in Hubei.

Fourteen quarantine days for foreign visitors

Contagion has dropped considerably in the past month in China, to the point that the country has lagged behind Italy in terms of death toll. This fears a second wave of contamination in China by imported cases.

Many cities have strict rules for quarantining new arrivals. This is the case of Beijing, which continues to require implementation quarantine of 14 days for all visitors from abroad or from another province. People from Hubei remain completely prohibited from entering the capital.

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