WUHAN airport is to reopen for domestic flights after being closed when the city was put into coronavirus lockdown.
The city has now recorded zero new deaths for the first time as the authorities in the city ease restrictions after the 76 day lockdown.
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All travel to and from the city was stopped on January 23 as the coronavirus swept through the city, after first appearing in a so-called “wet market” there at the end of last year.
According the state-owned China News Service, domestic passenger services at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport will resume on April 8 after a 76-day lockdown.
Before entering the terminal, passengers will be required to scan a “Wuhan Fighting Epidemic” QR code and show their “green code”, a QR code issued in Hubei indicating the traveller is healthy.
Passengers will also get their temperatures taken and those above 37.3C will be “treated according to the relevant epidemic prevention rules”, said the China News Service.
Self-service check-in and online check-in machines will remain closed until further notice.
With the pandemic hitting hard across the world, officially the number of coronavirus cases in China is dwindling, ever since the Government imposed sweeping measures to keep the disease from spreading.
More than 1.3 million people around the world have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and there have been more than 74,744 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker.
Last month, authorities began easing restrictions on the residents of Wuhan, which has endured months of an extraordinary lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.
The National Health Commission said it had 32 confirmed cases, down from 39 on Monday.
In total, the Chinese Government confirmed that more than 3,331 people have died and 81,740 have been confirmed as infected.
It comes as the Chinese Government came under scrutiny as to whether it was underreporting its figures.
Officials are now concerned that a second wave of infections could be brought in by foreign arrivals.
It has already shut its border to foreigners including those with visas or residence permits.
International flights have been reduced with both Chinese and foreign airlines only allowed to operate one international flight a week — and must not be more than 75 per cent full.
On Wednesday, Wuhan is set to allow people to leave the city for the first time since the lockdown began in January.
Anyone who has a “green” code on a widely used smartphone health app will be allowed to leave the city, according to officials.
Some people in “epidemic-free” residential compounds have already been allowed to leave their homes for two hours.
But Wuhan officials revoked the “epidemic-free” status in 45 compounds because of the emergence of asymptomatic cases and for other unspecified reasons.
Asymptomatic refers to someone who is carrying the virus but experiencing no symptoms.
China began reporting asymptomatic cases at the beginning of April.
More than 1,033 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation.
Hitting back at claims China was too slow to raise the alarm, the country’s state media have published what they describe as a detailed timeline of its response and information sharing.