China to relax lockdown over Hubei province tomorrow

China to relax lockdown over Hubei province tomorrow

Agency News

China on Tuesday said it will lift the travel curbs in Hubei province, where the deadly coronavirus first emerged last year, on Wednesday.

The three-month lockdown on its capital Wuhan will be lifed on April 8.

Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the virus cases were first detected in December last year, reported only one new confirmed case of the COVID-19 on Monday after reporting zero cases for five consecutive days.

Hubei province and Wuhan which together have over 56 million population were kept under strict lockdown since January 23 with a ban on all movement of people and transportation. Residents currently living in other parts of Hubei province will be able to travel with a green health code starting Wednesday, according to a government notice, state-run People's Daily reported.

Hubei has recorded 3,130 deaths due to coronavirus outbreak. The province still has 4,200 patients being treated in hospitals of which 1,203 were still in severe condition and another 336 in critical condition, according to China's National Health Commission.

Hubei has so far reported a total of 67,801 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 50,006 in Wuhan.