Wuhan to resume domestic flights after 76-day coronavirus lockdown as China records zero deaths for first time


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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 The airport is being sprayed with disinfectant ahead being re-opened

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The airport is being sprayed with disinfectant ahead being re-openedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Staff preparing for the airports re-opening

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Staff preparing for the airports re-openingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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.

 Officials believe the worst appears to be over in China, though there are concerns of another wave of infections as the Government attempts to reboot the economy

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Officials believe the worst appears to be over in China, though there are concerns of another wave of infections as the Government attempts to reboot the economyCredit: Reuters
 Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, will lift the lockdown on Wednesday allowing people to leave the city after more than two months

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Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, will lift the lockdown on Wednesday allowing people to leave the city after more than two monthsCredit: EPA

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.

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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.

 People wear protective masks as they take photos of blossoms while enjoying the spring weather on Saturday at a park in Beijing

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People wear protective masks as they take photos of blossoms while enjoying the spring weather on Saturday at a park in BeijingCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Elsewhere people wearing protective suits were seen at a street market in Wuhan

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Elsewhere people wearing protective suits were seen at a street market in WuhanCredit: Reuters

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.

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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.

Wuhan prepares for lifting of coronavirus lockdown as buildings are blasted by teams in hazmat suits with disinfectant

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