Τhe Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, began lifting a two-month lockdown today by restarting some metro services and reopening borders, allowing some semblance of normality to return and families to reunite.
After being cut-off from the rest of the country for two months, the reopening of Wuhan, where the epidemic first erupted in late December, marks a turning point in China’s fight against the virus.
Among those on the first high-speed trains allowed into the city on Saturday morning was Guo Liangkai, a 19-year-old student whose one-month work stint in Shanghai stretched to three months due to the clamp down on movement.
“It makes me very happy that I can see my family,” Guo told Reuters after being greeted by his mother at the main station. He still can’t hug her though.
Authorities took draconian measures to stop people from entering or leaving the industrial city of 11 million people in central China. Families were confined to their homes, bus and taxi services were shut, and only essential stores were allowed to remain open.