Wuhan, China, the origin of the coronavirus (COVID-19), eased its lockdown on April 8, 2020, after 11 million residents were quarantined for 76 days. However, experts are cautious about the possibility of a second outbreak. Local government is taking steps to prevent a reinfection by requiring residents of Wuhan to show authorities their health records on a phone app to prove they won’t spread the infection; those who are sick or who have been in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 must stay in quarantine.
Local government continues to drive the resumption of production in factories across the country. Employees are being provided with greater flexibility for intra-city and intra-province travel without restriction. More roads continue to be reopened, and many container freight stations are resuming capacity. Of the nearly 7,069 suppliers across the country which have reopened, it is estimated that 75% have now resumed full production. Many carriers and other industry sectors have resumed operations at their business offices with on-staff personnel. Health experts will closely monitor the city to see if any new cases emerge as the lockdown measures continue to be lifted.