Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, as Ground Zero for what became the global coronavirus pandemic partly reopened on Saturday (March 28) after more than two months of almost total isolation. The city has paid a heavy price for the outbreak, with more than 50,000 people infected and more COVID-19 deaths than any other city in China. The lockdown in Wuhan has halted the spread of coronavirus, and numbers have fallen dramatically in recent weeks.
Now the travel restriction has been eased, and the first officially sanctioned passenger train arrived back into the city on March 28. Passengers wearing face masks ride a subway train on the first day the city’s subway services resumed. People are now allowed to enter the city but not leave. The fully opening date is still to be announced.
Some shopping malls also reopened to the public, while only limited stores are allowed to open. Cinemas, gyms, bars etc. are still remain closed.
Citizens in Wuhan have been waiting for this for so long.
When Covid-19 outbreaks initially started in China, it has led to some racist attacks on Chinese people (and other Asians) around the world. Recently the spread of Covid-19 is picking up speed in Europe, the United States and other regions, the outbreaks in China seem to be under control. China reported only a few cases every day and most are imported cases (inbound travelers from overseas). Now there are more and more restaurants and stores reopening to the public, but foreigners in China found that they are not allowed to enter some places just because they are not Chinese.
A video online showed this Chinese Australian woman went jogging and breached coronavirus quarantine rules. In this video, she was arguing with a community worker who tried to persuade her to stay at home. She has Australian passport and recently came to Beijing with work permit on Mar.14.
The Woman: I need to go running. I need to work out. If I fall sick, who will take care of me? Will you come?
Community Worker: If you go out again, we have to call the police. You are not supposed to leave home in 14-days self-quarantine, and you even went without mask!
The Woman: I will do whatever, fxck off! Help! Help! Someone is harassing me!
Community Worker: I am working for this community, and it is the rule from local government.
The Woman: Fxck off! (shut the door)
Later on, two police officers showed up at her door, and tell her to comply with quarantine measures.
Police Officer: No matter if you’re Chinese or a foreigner, you have to comply with the law of the People’s Republic of China. You can only go out after 14 days of quarantine. This is to protect yourself and to protect others.