Normalcy starts to restore in China's coronavirus-Hubei province

Life started to return to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak due to which more than 18,000 people globally have died, while more than 420,000 have infected in at least 170 countries and territories.

Let's take a look at it:

Travel restrictions lifted

With traffic controls lifted and construction work resuming, passengers are venturing out to catch buses and trains.

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No new cases

Mainland China reported a drop in new confirmed coronavirus cases as imported infections fell and no locally transmitted infections were reported.

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Milestone

The lockdown of Wuhan will be lifted on April 8, a milestone in China's war against the epidemic as Beijing shifts its focus towards stemming imported cases and rebooting the economy.

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Welcome change

In Wuhan, there were signs of normal life once more. Men in protective masks worked on a bridge as construction projects resumed, and residents waved from their apartment windows as a medical team prepared to leave the city.

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Tourist destinations reopened

The Hubei government on Wednesday told workers who had been quarantined at home to go back to work as soon as possible.

People were also able to leave Hubei by train and bus, while the Wudang Mountains, a top scenic site, reopened for visitors, according to state media.

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Shopping complex reopens

Hubei, a central province that is home to some 60 million people, announced that it was opening malls once again. People have started visited them although they are still wearing protective masks.

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