Coronavirus: China relaxes travel rules in Wuhan

China is relaxing travel bans in Hubei province, including Wuhan – the city where coronavirus broke out.

Thousands of workers are being sent back to jobs at factories in a drive to get production going again.

Buses are being chartered in satellite cities outside Wuhan, according to the official Xinhua News Agency,

They will take residents who returned home for Chinese New Year in late January back to work in the city where the virus that has now spread across the world originated.

Chinese officials say the outbreak that spread from Wuhan in December has mostly run its course domestically.

But they insist they are remaining vigilant of anyone who could be carrying the virus back into the country.

The outbreak of coronavirus had a devastating effect on China’s service sector and industries from cars to mobile phones.

But President Xi Jinping has pledged economic growth targets for the year will still be met.

Meanwhile, dozens of research groups around the world are racing to create a vaccine as COVID-19 cases continue to grow.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as a fever and cough.

Older adults and people with existing health problems are more at risk of the virus causing severe illness, including pneumonia.

So far 35 people with the virus in the UK have died and there are 1,372 confirmed cases.

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