Thousands Leave Coronavirus-Hit Wuhan, China, as Outbound Travel Ban Lifted

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Thousands of Chinese travelers flock to catch trains departing Wuhan early Wednesday as authorities lifted a more than two-months-long ban on outbound travel from the city where the coronavirus first emerged.
READ MORE: The lockdown that served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world is set to end after 11 weeks: Chinese authorities are moving to allow residents of Wuhan to once again travel in and out of the sprawling city where the pandemic began.

Just after midnight Wednesday, the city’s 11 million residents will be permitted to leave without special authorization as long as a mandatory smartphone application powered by a mix of data-tracking and government surveillance shows they are healthy and have not been in recent contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus.

Restrictions in the city where most of China’s more than 82,000 virus cases and more than 3,300 deaths were reported have been gradually relaxed in recent weeks as the number of new cases steadily declined. The latest government figures reported Tuesday listed no new cases. (AFP/AP)