64,700 fly in and out of Wuhan, once the coronavirus epicenter

China | 13 Sep 2020 10:44 pm

Domestic air travel in central China's Wuhan, once the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has returned to pre-pandemic levels, authorities say.

The virus was first detected in Wuhan late last year and the city underwent a draconian 76-day lockdown as its hospitals struggled to deal with a wave of cases that required the rapid construction of field hospitals to handle the overflow.

Since reopening in early April, life has gradually returned to normal and numbers of domestic flights serving the city, as well as the number of passengers, had both fully recovered, according to the operator of Wuhan Tianhe International airport.

It said 64,700 passengers were transported aboard 500 domestic flights on Friday.

The airport is preparing to eventually resume international passenger flights to destinations such as Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, Qu Xiaoni, the state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted an airport representative as saying.

International cargo routes have already re-opened.

China has gone almost a month without registering a new case of local transmission and on Sunday the National Health Commission reported just 10 new cases — all of them imported.

Hospitals are treating 151 people for the coronavirus and another 357 people are in isolation after testing positive for the disease without showing any symptoms, the commission said.

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