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Coronavirus cradle Wuhan partly reopens after lockdown

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The city in China where the coronavirus pandemic began, Wuhan, has partially re-opened after more than two months of isolation.

Crowds of passengers were pictured arriving at Wuhan train station on Saturday.

People are being allowed to enter but not leave, according to reports.

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, saw more than 50,000 coronavirus cases. At least 3,000 people in Hubei died from the disease.

But numbers have fallen dramatically, according to China's figures. The state on Saturday reported 54 new cases emerging the previous day – which it said were all imported.

As it battles to control cases coming from abroad, China has announced a temporary ban on all foreign visitors, even if they have visas or residence permits. It is also limiting Chinese and foreign airlines to one flight per week, and flights must not be more than 75% full.

In other global developments:

Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread rapidly in other countries around the world.

  • Nearly 600,000 infections have been confirmed globally and almost 28,000 deaths, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University
  • The US now has the highest number of confirmed infections at 104,000
  • South Korea says that for the first time it now has more people who have recovered from the virus than are still infected. It reported 146 new cases on Saturday, taking the total to 9,478 – of whom 4,811 have been released from hospital
  • Russia and Ireland are among the latest countries to bring in new restrictions to try to slow the spread of the virus. In Russia, shopping centres, restaurants and cafes have been ordered to close. In Ireland, people will have to stay at home with limited exceptions for the next two weeks
  • In the UK, frontline National Health Service staff in England will begin being tested this weekend to see if they have coronavirus

What signs are there of Wuhan reopening?

The virus is thought to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan that "conducted illegal transactions of wild animals".

The city's 11 million residents have been shut off from the rest of the world since the middle of January, with roadblocks around the outskirts and drastic restrictions on daily life.

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But roads reopened to incoming traffic late on Friday, according to Reuters news agency.

And state media said the subway was open from Saturday and trains would be able to arrive at the city's 17 railway stations.

Nineteen-year-old student Guo Liangkai, who arrived back in the city after three months, told Reuters: "First of all, it makes me very happy to see my family.

"We wanted to hug but now is a special period so we can't hug or make any actions like these."

All arrivals in Wuhan have to show a green code on a mobile app to prove that they are healthy.

Officials say restrictions on people leaving the city will be lifted on 8 April, when domestic flights are also expected to restart.

The virus emerged in China in December and more than 3,300 people there have died from the infection – but both Italy and Spain now have higher death tolls.

This information is regularly updated but may not reflect the latest totals for each country.

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Cases Deaths
USA 104,537 1,703
Italy 86,498 9,134
China 82,215 3,301
Spain 65,719 5,138
Germany 50,871 351
France 32,964 1,995
Iran 32,332 2,378
UK 14,543 759
Switzerland 12,928 231
South Korea 9,478 144
Netherlands 8,603 546
Austria 7,697 58
Belgium 7,284 289
Turkey 5,698 92
Canada 4,760 56
Portugal 4,268 76
Norway 3,771 19
Brazil 3,477 93
Australia 3,143 13
Sweden 3,069 105
Israel 3,035 12
Czech Republic 2,279 9
Malaysia 2,161 26
Ireland 2,121 22
Denmark 2,046 52
Ecuador 1,627 41
Chile 1,610 5
Luxembourg 1,605 15
Japan 1,525 52
Poland 1,389 16
Pakistan 1,373 11
Romania 1,292 26
South Africa 1,170 1
Thailand 1,136 5
Saudi Arabia 1,104 3
Indonesia 1,046 87
Finland 1,041 7
Russia 1,036 4
Greece 966 28
Iceland 890 2
India 887 20
Philippines 803 54
Panama 786 14
Singapore 732 2
Mexico 717 12
Diamond Princess cruise ship 712 10
Argentina 690 17
Peru 635 11
Slovenia 632 9
Croatia 586 3
Dominican Republic 581 20
Estonia 575 1
Qatar 562
Colombia 539 6
Egypt 536 30
Bahrain 466 4
Iraq 458 40
Serbia 457 1
New Zealand 451
Algeria 409 26
United Arab Emirates 405 2
Lebanon 391 8
Lithuania 358 5
Morocco 345 23
Armenia 329 1
Ukraine 310 5
Hungary 300 10
Bulgaria 293 3
Latvia 280
Uruguay 274
Slovakia 269
Andorra 267 3
Taiwan 267 2
Costa Rica 263 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina 237 4
Jordan 235 1
Tunisia 227 7
Kuwait 225
San Marino 223 21
North Macedonia 219 3
Moldova 199 2
Albania 186 8
Burkina Faso 180 9
Vietnam 169
Azerbaijan 165 3
Cyprus 162 5
Kazakhstan 150 1
Réunion 145
Faroe Islands 144
Malta 139
Ghana 137 4
Oman 131
Senegal 119
Brunei 115 1
Venezuela 113 2
Afghanistan 110 4
Sri Lanka 106
Ivory Coast 101
Cambodia 99
Honduras 95 1
Mauritius 94 2
Belarus 94
Martinique 93 1
Cameroon 91 2
Palestinian Territories 91 1
Uzbekistan 88 1
Kosovo 86 1
Georgia 83
Montenegro 82 1
Cuba 80 2
Puerto Rico 79 3
Bolivia 74
Guadeloupe 73 1
Nigeria 70 1
Trinidad and Tobago 66 2
Kyrgyzstan 58
Paraguay 56 3
Liechtenstein 56
Gibraltar 55
Rwanda 54
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DR Congo 51 3
Guam 51 1
Mayotte 50
Bangladesh 48 5
Monaco 42
Guernsey 36
Aruba 33
Guatemala 32 1
Kenya 31 1
Jamaica 30 1
French Polynesia 30
Isle of Man 29
French Guiana 28
Madagascar 26
Barbados 26