Barriers Blocking Roads Into Wuhan Removed as Coronavirus Lockdown Lifted

Barriers at toll gates on roads into Wuhan, China, were removed just after midnight on April 8 as a 76-day lockdown was lifted from the city where the COVID-19 pandemic was thought to have originated.

People in Wuhan were treated to a light show that went for half an hour and featured coloured displays on buildings on both sides of the Yangtze River, according to local media.

The lockdown on the capital of Hubei province was put in place on January 23, preventing all inbound and outbound travel by road, rail and ferry in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus, later named COVID-19.

China reported almost 82,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus on April 7, with 67,803 in Hubei province. 77,279 of those diagnosed with the virus had been discharged from hospital, Chinese health authorities reported. Credit: 奎奎帮帮忙 via Storyful