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  • Passengers walk on the platform of the subway station connected with Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 28, 2020.

    Passengers walk on the platform of the subway station connected with Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 28, 2020. | Photo: Xinhua

Published 28 March 2020
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Subway passengers in Wuhan in the central province of Hubei were required to wear masks and be checked for fever after service resumed Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The city at the center of China’s virus outbreak has reopened subways and long-distance train service in another step toward ending restrictions that confined millions of people to their homes since COVID-19 began.

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Subway passengers in Wuhan in the central province of Hubei were required to wear masks and be checked for fever after service resumed Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. It said signs posted in subway cars tell passengers to sit with empty seats between them.

Most access to Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, was suspended January 23. Bus and subway service within the city was suspended.

Restrictions have gradually been relaxed. The last controls that blocked residents of Wuhan from leaving Hubei are due to be lifted April 8.

Also Saturday, more than 12,000 passengers arrived by high-speed train as the Wuhan train station reopened, Xinhua said.

Meanwhile, the first cargo train to Europe since the start of the outbreak left for Germany on Saturday carrying auto parts, electronic productions, optical communication fiber, and medical supplies, Xinhua reported.

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