Cars seen returning to Wuhan before coronavirus lockdown lifted

Residents in the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan in China have started venturing outdoors for the first time in weeks after the decline in COVID-19 cases led to the government announcing easing restrictions imminently.

Clips taken in the city with a population of 11million people show cars queueing up at a tunnel under Xunlimen station.

The video was taken before the government announced it would be lifting quarantine in Wuhan on April 8, with much of the rest of Hubei Province coming out of lock down this week.

A man says in the background: "It's getting crowded. Look at the traffic, look at the traffic."

Small groups of residents will soon be allowed to leave their residential compounds for grocery shopping or a walk in a park.

In another video, a light railway train enters Huangpu Road station of Line 1 Wuhan Subway.

A resident says: "Victory is right in front of us. Victory is right in front of us.

"The light railway train is out and working."

A notice taken by residents shows the subway trains will be operated in three stages.

In the first stage, trains will run on peak hours in the mornings and the evenings only for three hours each; the second stage will see trains running from 6.30am to 9.00pm and the final stage, to resume to normal train times.

It is not clear why normality has already started returning to the city before the quarantine is lifted.

A spokesperson for Wuhan Subway told Beijing Times that they have not received any instructions regarding when the train will resume.

Today, the Health Commission for China's Hubei province announced that it will remove all travel restrictions in and out of the province on March 25.

Travel restrictions for leaving Wuhan will be lifted two weeks later, on April 8, only if residents could provide a green health code, implicating their virus-free status.

Viewers believed to be from Wuhan commented on Weibo, a Chinese equivalent to Twitter, on the videos: "This is the first time I feel happy to see traffic jams in my city."

"Wuhan residents are all heroes," another one said. "I can't wait for the day when we can go back to our normal lives."

A second wrote: "I think they are doing test runs for the trains, I don't think there will be any passengers on it."

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