04/09/2020, 10.20
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Crowds swamp Wuhan train station. Russia border closed

After 11 weeks of isolation, at least 55,000 people flocked to Wuhan station yesterday. The airport also newly operational with over 100 commercial flights. The border in Heilongjiang closed due to fears of "imported" infections. At present there are 1045 positive cases imported from different parts of the world.

Wuhan (AsiaNews / Agencies) -  As of yesterday, movement has returned to the city of Wuhan. After 11 weeks of total isolation, people received permission to go out on the streets and travel.

At least 55 thousand people swamped Wuhan station (see photo), and left the city when the railway connections reopened. According to the authorities, the most common destinations were Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Chengdu.

Hundreds of people had been stuck in isolation and can now return to their residences; others are traveling to return to work after more than two months on lockdown. The airport is also operational again with over 100 commercial flights. Wuhan, the epicenter of the pandemic, was closed on January 23rd.

Meanwhile, the border between China and Russia in Heilongjiang was closed yesterday. In recent days, 87 cases of imported Covid-19 were recorded in this province. Of these, 84 were from Russia. At the beginning of the month, Russia had closed all flights to and from China. In this way, the border between Vladivostok and Suifenhe had become one of the few passages between the two countries, used by Chinese who wanted to return to Russia from their homeland.

"Imported" infections have become very risky in China, with fears of a relapse of the epidemic, just as the country returns to normal. According to the National Health Commission, until yesterday there were 1045 positive cases in China imported from different parts of the world.

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