sábado, 28 de marzo de 2020
COVID-19: WUHAN PARTIALLY REOPENS FROM MONTHS-LONG ISOLATION
Crowds of passengers arrived at Wuhan train station on Saturday as the Chinese city of 11 million people that was Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic, partially re-opened after more than two months of isolation.
Wuhan was placed under lockdown in January with residents forbidden to leave, roadblocks ring-fencing the city's outskirts and drastic restrictions on daily life.
But signalling the end of its long isolation, the first officially sanctioned passenger train arrived back into the city just after midnight.
"It almost feels like returning to an alien land, because I haven't been back for more than two months. So I really want to take a look," says Gao Xuesong, a worker in Wuhan's auto industry.
China is now battling to control a wave of imported cases as infections soar abroad.
People are now allowed to enter the city but not leave, and many trains had been fully booked days in advance.
As passengers lined up to exit the station, workers in hazmat suits call for anyone returning from overseas to come forward.
All arrivals in Wuhan have to show a green code on a mobile app to prove that they are healthy.