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China's coronavirus epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown

Travel to Beijing still banned, but outbound trains and cars now allowed

Travellers are seen at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan were lifted on April 8.    © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese authorities on Wednesday ended the monthslong lockdown of Wuhan, the first city ravaged by the novel coronavirus pandemic, allowing all citizens to freely move in and out of the isolated metropolis.

The restriction ended at midnight Wednesday, allowing citizens to leave the central Chinese metropolis if they possess documents certifying they have no health issues. Other areas in Hubei province already lifted travel bans on March 25, leaving Wuhan as the last place to maintain controls on movement.

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