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Hubei to ease travel curbs for healthy people

2020-03-10 HKT 17:01
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  • Most of streets remain empty in Wuhan, but officials say restrictions in the Hubei province maybe eased a little. Photo: AFP
    Most of streets remain empty in Wuhan, but officials say restrictions in the Hubei province maybe eased a little. Photo: AFP
The mainland on Tuesday said travel restrictions in Hubei, the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak, would be relaxed to allow healthy people to move within the hard-hit province.

According to the provincial government, a mobile app will be used to give residents a coloured health code, and people with a "green" code in medium and low-risk areas will be allowed to travel within the province, which was placed under lockdown in January.

The virus is believed to have emerged in December at a market that sold wild animals in Wuhan before ballooning into a national and then a global epidemic.

Around 56 million were locked down in Hubei as authorities took draconian steps to contain the outbreak.

More than 4,000 people have died and over 110,000 have been infected worldwide, with the majority on the mainland. (AFP)