Apr 7, 2020 - Health

China reopens Wuhan after 10-week coronavirus lockdown

People wearing facemasks stand near Yangtze River in Wuhan. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

China has lifted its lockdown of Wuhan, the city in Hubei province where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported in December, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: As cases surged in January, China took the draconian step of sealing off the city of 11 million and shutting down its economy — a response that was viewed at the time as only possible in an authoritarian system, but which has since been adopted by governments around the world.

Yes, but: Many countries are beginning to realize reopening businesses and returning to daily public life will be anything but normal. The population's trauma and economic hardships "could linger for decades," the Times notes.

The big picture: Restrictive rules are still in place within Wuhan to stop the virus from re-emerging. Schools are still closed and travel limitations still exist on some individuals and businesses. Public transportation has restarted, but the general population thus far has not been using it in large numbers, per the Times.

  • People can leave Wuhan as long as a government-sanctioned phone app affirms they are not a contagion risk.
  • Families have started to increasingly venture outside in public spaces. Shops have begun to reopen with walk-up counters to buy groceries and other goods without entering the store.

The bottom line, via Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian: The Chinese government has faced growing doubts about the veracity of its coronavirus statistics, especially the total number of deaths in Wuhan, but it's clear that authorities would not reopen the city if they did not believe that the situation there was now under control.

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U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

Florida reported on Wednesday its largest number of new novel coronavirus cases in a single day since April 17. 1,317 people tested positive to take the state total to 58,764, per the state's health department. Despite the rise, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said bars and clubs could reopen on Friday.

By the numbers: More than 107,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus and over 1.8 million people have tested positive, per data from Johns Hopkins. More than 479,000 Americans have recovered and over 18 million tests have been conducted.

South Korea and Taiwan show stifled consumer demand after coronavirus lockdowns

People walking through a park in Seoul on May 24. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images

Looking at the economies of South Korea and Taiwan leads to a discomforting takeaway: "Reopening isn’t going to be an economic cure-all," Matthew C. Klein writes for Barron's.

What it means: "Both countries contained the virus better than the U.S., yet consumers in those countries remain reluctant to spend and venture out," Klein notes.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 5 a.m. ET: 1,851,520 — Total deaths: 107,175 — Total recoveries: 479,258 — Total tested: 18,214,950Map.
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