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Authorities ease clampdown in virus-hit Wuhan

Factories allowed to reopen while travel curbs in the region are eased

GUANGZHOU -- A select number of companies in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, and the surrounding region were given permission on Wednesday to restart operations for the first time since the Lunar New Year holiday in late January.

The government of Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, said companies that "have a significant impact on national or global supply chains" will be given permission to reopen if they have implemented sufficient infection control measures. Enterprises outside Wuhan will also be allowed to resume business, though certain industries will be restricted based on local infection risk levels.

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