COVID-19 easing in China as lockdown lifts

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The easing coronavirus situation in China has led the government to lift the lockdown in most regions. (Pixabay)

While the U.S. and Europe continue to see a dramatic uptick in coronavirus cases, the situation has markedly eased in China, to the point where the Chinese government has moved to end the lockdown in Hubei province, according to an Associated Press report.

The report noted that about 120,000 migrant workers have already been allowed to leave Hubei province in recent days, according to Chinese media accounts. Manufacturing centers such as Guangdong and Zhejiang province are open to people from Hubei.

Outside of Hubei, AP reported that Chinese media reports said work has restarted on about 90% of major public construction projects across China. With many migrant workers still trapped by travel restrictions and quarantines, factories are operating, though under full capacity.

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The report also noted that Beijing has reopened the city zoo, and parts of the Great Wall reopened this week, though advance reservations were needed to limit the number of visitors. Even some restaurants were reopening, under the condition that customers do not sit facing each other.

China’s more serious concern is visitors carrying coronavirus from outside the country. According to the report, starting Wednesday, Beijing will require everyone coming from overseas to be tested for the coronavirus on top of being quarantined for 14 days. The report was also quoted city authorities as saying those who have entered the city within the last 14 days will also undergo the mandatory testing.

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