Wuhan residents go shopping as China slowly eases lockdown restrictions | AFP

In Wuhan, people with a clean COVID-19 medical record are allowed to go to supermarkets, whilst big malls are starting to open their doors to the public, but some transport controls and other restrictions on movement remain in place. After a more than two-month lockdown to contain the virus, in which citizens of Wuhan and the rest of Hubei province were confined to their homes, life is inching back toward normality.

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Coronavirus: Inside a hard-hit Hubei city where 125 died | AFP

Huanggang, home to 7.5 million people, was among the worst-affected areas in Hubei, the Chinese province where the new coronavirus first emerged late last year before morphing into a deadly pandemic. Now with restrictions being lifted, the city where nearly 3,000 people were infected and 125 died is now considered a low-risk area. A field hospital that once had 700 patients has only empty beds, a coronavirus screening clinic sees fewer and fewer people and restaurants are starting to open to people who’ve been stuck indoors for weeks.

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Return to Hubei province as China lifts restrictions | AFP

Rail passengers begin arriving back in China’s Hubei province after the government lifts tough restrictions on the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, following a months-long lockdown. ‘I finally got home,’ says Guo Wei, a teacher and Hubei resident.

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China levantará cuarentena por virus en gran parte de Hubei

China levantará cuarentena por virus en gran parte de Hubei

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Coronavirus: Beijing residents react to lifting of Hubei travel ban | AFP

Beijing residents say that they support the decision to lift travel restrictions in Hubei province, after the government announced that the lockdown would be removed for the more than 50 million people in the province. Residents will be allowed to leave Hubei from midnight on Tuesday if healthy, while restrictions in Wuhan will be lifted from April 8. Life elsewhere in Beijing appears to be slowly returning to normality with the highways and subways filling up and people returning to street markets.

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China reports one new domestic coronavirus infection | AFP

New coronavirus cases in China’s Hubei province have been in the single digits for the past seven days, down from a peak of several thousand per day in early February. But imported infections are on the rise in the rest of the country.

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Coronavirus: Taiwanese nationals return from Wuhan | AFP

The Taiwanese army disinfects aircraft and passengers from two charter planes carrying a total of 361 Taiwanese nationals from Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

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First batch of Hong Kongers repatriated from Hubei arrive home | AFP

A government-sponsored flight carrying over 100 Hong Kongers stranded in Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, arrives in Hong Kong’s airport. IMAGES

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China virus death toll passes 1,000 | AFP

The number of fatalities from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,011 nationwide on Tuesday after hard-hit Hubei province reported 103 new deaths. AND SOUNDBITES from Wuhan.N°1OO651

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Coronavirus: third arrival in France of Wuhan evacuees | AFP

About thirty Wuhan evacuees from the Chinese province of Hubei, where is the deadly coronavirus epidemic, arrive by bus in Aix-en-Provence, where they will remain in quarantine for 14 days. Forced to leave Wuhan in the face of the spread of the virus, they landed at the military base of Istres, from the United Kingdom, where they had stopped over. IMAGES

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WHO says novel coronavirus does not yet constitute a ‘pandemic’ | AFP

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus does not yet constitute a “pandemic”. The disease has killed more than 425 people and infected a further 20,000 in China, nearly all of them in central Hubei province — the epicentre of the outbreak — and spread to two-dozen countries since it emerged in December.

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US announces quarantine for Americans returning from Hubei province | AFP

“Any US citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei province in the previous 14 days, will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine,” says the secretary of the Health and Human Services department, Alex Azar. The US says it is declaring a public health emergency and temporarily banning the entry of foreign nationals who have traveled to China over the past two weeks to contain the spread of a deadly new virus. SOUNDBITE

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‘Ideal Demolition’: 19 buildings blown up in China

Nearly 20 structures was completely destroyed within just 10 seconds in a controlled demolition. Some 5 tons of explosives were used in the demolition in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8160

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