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Wuhan emerges from lockdown

Wuhan ended its 76-day lock down Wednesday morning, allowing residents to again travel in and out of the city, without special authorization through the use of a mandatory government sanctioned app powered by a mix of data-tracking and government surveillance showing they are healthy and have not been in recent contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus.

The end of Wuhan’s lock down came one day after Japan declared a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures to try to stem the spread of the virus. India and much of Europe and the U.S. have also issued stay-at-home orders, although not nearly to the same extreme as Wuhan.

There were long queues at the airport and train and bus stations as people returned to their homes and places of work. However certain measures are still in effect like; the closure of schools,people having their fever checked before accessing buildings and wearing of masks,all in an attempt to avoid a second wave on infections. 

The economic costs of the outbreak in Wuhan and across China are yet to be calculated but are expected to be severe. Estimates of job losses range into the tens of millions, with the government offering aid to small and medium size businesses that furnish the most employment.

 

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