China has seen its lockdown measures eased as the country successfully battles the coronavirus pandemic. Many have been impressed with the severity and ensuing results of the strict lockdown. Although the virus was identified as originating in Wuhan, China, the nation has had considerably fewer cases than elsewhere.
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At the time of writing, China has 84,119 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
This contrasts strongly to the UK’s higher number of 279,511.
So how long was China in lockdown for?
Hubei province, where Wuhan City is located, accounts for the vast majority of China’s coronavirus cases.
At the start of 2020, thousands of new cases were reported daily.
Now, Chinese authorities are claiming Wuhan and the wider province have no new cases to report.
Lockdown in Wuhan began back on January 23.
The move by Chinese authorities meant no travel in or out of the city was allowed, even for those who had important medical or humanitarian reasons.
Inside the city, public transport was completely suspended and cars were banned from the roads.
Surrounding cities and provinces soon followed suit.
Another 14 Chinese cities in China entered lockdown on January 24 with strict measures restricting the lives of 50 million people.
From March 28, China suspended the entry into China of foreign nationals with visas issued before March 27.
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Then, on April 8, after 11 weeks of lockdown, the roadblocks in Wuhan finally reopened and a number of restrictions eased.
As for what China is like now, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) explains its current travel advice: “Mandatory requirements to check temperatures and use health apps or scan QR codes to prove travel history are in place at transport hubs, hotels, commercial buildings including restaurants, residential compounds and other locations – such locations are also increasingly requiring use of ‘health kit code’ apps to demonstrate health condition and travel history.
“Restrictions on movement and quarantine arrangements remain for travel between different parts of the country.
“Some cities and provinces require travellers to undergo 14 days of isolation in their place of residence or in centralised observation.
The FCO continues: “Quarantine is enforced at the neighbourhood level, procedures vary, it is recommended to check in advance.
“The possibility that local authorities impose mandatory quarantine in response to fresh outbreaks is high.
“There have been reports of individuals who have frequented bars or restaurants where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 being mandated to undergo 14 days of centralised quarantine.
“You should keep up to date with the latest developments and this travel advice.”
The UK’s lockdown began on March 23 with restrictions easing slightly on May 10, marking seven weeks of a full lockdown.
However, many strict restrictions still remain in place.
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