China has ended its 76-day lockdown of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, as the city reemerges from a deadly outbreak that is now raging across the globe.
But even as Wuhan reopens its borders after 76 days, some restrictions within the city will remain in place, and officials warn that the threat of further infections remains far from over.
The metropolis of 11 million, where the coronavirus was first detected in December last year, had been sealed off from the outside world since January 23 in an unprecedented effort to contain the outbreak.
Starting today, healthy residents and visitors will finally be allowed to leave Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, with trains and flights resuming and highway entrances reopening.
Wuhan, a sprawling industrial hub on the banks of the Yangtze River, reported more than 50,000 infections and over 2,500 deaths, accounting for 77% of all coronavirus deaths across China, according to the National Health Commission.