Recovered patients on a bus going back home after a 14-day quarantine for medical observation at a rehabilitation center, Wuhan, March 10, 2020. (Photo/Xinhua/Cheng Min via AP)
UPDATED 2:02 PM PT — Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Mainland China is lifting quarantines in the province of Hubei as life gradually returns back to normal. On Tuesday, Chinese officials announced they are lifting the majority of travel and production restrictions in Hubei after a two-month lockdown.
According to Beijing, the number of new coronavirus cases continues to decline and Hubei has had zero new infections in the past week. Hubei and the city of Wuhan were the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
Despite the optimism, Chinese officials have said some of the risks posed by coronavirus still remain.
“According to the latest report of WHO, the number of confirmed cases worldwide has exceeded 300,000,” stated Mi Feng, spokesman for the Chinese Health Commission. “The risk of transmission from sporadic infections as well as those from overseas still exists; we cannot let our guard down when it comes to combating the coronavirus.”
China also noted that it expects to fully restore economic activity in hard-hit areas over the coming few weeks.