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 death toll in Spain has exceeded 5,000, after it reported 832 more fatalities in the past 24 hours. Spain is the world’s worst hit country after Italy
  • 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.

Cases Deaths
USA 104,688 1,707
Italy 86,498 9,134
China 81,996 3,299
Spain 72,248 5,690
Germany 53,340 399
Iran 35,408 2,517
France 32,964 1,995
UK 14,549 759
Switzerland 13,259 241
South Korea 9,478 144
Belgium 9,134 353
Netherlands 8,603 546
Austria 7,712 68
Turkey 5,698 92
Canada 4,760 56
Portugal 4,268 76
Norway 3,807 20
Australia 3,640 460
Brazil 3,477 93
Israel 3,460 12
Sweden 3,069 105
Czech Republic 2,422 9
Malaysia 2,320 27
Ireland 2,121 22
Denmark 2,046 52
Ecuador 1,627 41
Chile 1,610 5
Luxembourg 1,605 15
Japan 1,525 52
Romania 1,452 29
Poland 1,436 16
Pakistan 1,408 11
Russia 1,264 4
Thailand 1,245 6
South Africa 1,170 1
Finland 1,165 7
Indonesia 1,155 102
Saudi Arabia 1,104 3
Philippines 1,075 68
Greece 966 28
India 933 20
Iceland 890 2
Panama 786 14
Singapore 732 2
Mexico 717 12
Diamond Princess cruise ship 712 10
Argentina 690 17
Slovenia 684 9
Estonia 645 1
Croatia 635 4
Peru 635 11
Dominican Republic 581 20
Qatar 562
Colombia 539 6
Egypt 536 30
Serbia 528 1
Iraq 506 42
Bahrain 473 4
New Zealand 451
Lebanon 412 8
Algeria 409 26
United Arab Emirates 405 2
Lithuania 382 5
Armenia 372 1
Morocco 358 23
Hungary 343 11
Bulgaria 313 5
Ukraine 311 8
Latvia 305
Taiwan 283 2
Uruguay 274
Slovakia 269
Andorra 267 3
Costa Rica 263 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina 257 4
Kuwait 235
Jordan 235 1
Tunisia 227 7
San Marino 223 21
North Macedonia 219 3
Kazakhstan 204 1
Moldova 199 2
Albania 186 8
Burkina Faso 180 9
Vietnam 169
Azerbaijan 165 3
Cyprus 162 5
Oman 152
Malta 149
Réunion 145
Faroe Islands 144
Ghana 137 4
Senegal 130
Brunei 120 1
Venezuela 113 2
Sri Lanka 110
Afghanistan 110 4
Uzbekistan 104 2
Ivory Coast 101
Cambodia 99
Palestinian Territories 97 1
Honduras 95 1
Mauritius 94 2
Belarus 94
Martinique 93 1
Cameroon 91 2
Kosovo 88 1
Georgia 85
Montenegro 82 1
Nigeria 81 1
Cuba 80 2
Puerto Rico 79 3
Bolivia 74
Guadeloupe 73 1
Trinidad and Tobago 66 2
Kyrgyzstan 58
DR Congo 58 6
Liechtenstein 56
Paraguay 56 3
Gibraltar 55
Rwanda 54
Jersey 52 1
Guam 51 1
Mayotte 50
Bangladesh 48 5
Monaco 42
Guernsey 36
Aruba 33
Isle of Man 32
Guatemala 32 1
Kenya 31 1
French Polynesia 30
Jamaica 30 1
French Guiana 28
Barbados 26
Madagascar 26
Togo 25 1
Uganda 23
Zambia 22
United States Virgin Islands 19
El Salvador 19
Bermuda 17
Ethiopia 16
Maldives 16
New Caledonia 15
Tanzania 13
Mongolia 12
Djibouti 12
Equatorial Guinea 12
Saint Martin 11
Mali 11
Dominica 11
Niger 10 1
Greenland 10
Bahamas 10
Eswatini 9
Curaçao 8 1
Cayman Islands 8 1
Haiti 8
Suriname 8
Myanmar 8
Namibia 8
Guinea 8
Gabon 7 1
Zimbabwe 7 1
Mozambique 7
Antigua and Barbuda 7
Seychelles 7
Grenada 7
Eritrea 6
Laos 6
Benin 6
Nepal 5
Fiji 5
Saint Barthelemy 5
Syria 5
Mauritania 5
Guyana 5 1
Montserrat 5
Sudan 5 1
Cape Verde 5 1
Congo 4
Angola 4
Vatican 4
Nicaragua 4 1
Central African Republic 3
Somalia 3
Bhutan 3
Liberia 3
Sint Maarten 3
Chad 3
Saint Lucia 3
Gambia 3 1
Turks and Caicos Islands 2
Belize 2
Anguilla 2
MS Zaandam cruise ship 2
British Virgin Islands 2
Saint Kitts and Nevis 2
Guinea-Bissau 2
Libya 1
St Vincent and the Grenadines 1
Papua New Guinea 1
Timor-Leste 1


Source: Johns Hopkins University, national public health agencies

It is now battling to control a wave of imported cases as infections soar abroad.

This so-called “second wave” of imported infections is also affecting countries like South Korea and Singapore, which had been successful in stopping the spread of disease in recent weeks.

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