Feb 09, 2021 06:46 PM

After Outbreak, Trains Start Running Again in North China City as Lockdown Loosens

What’s new: Travel curbs on Shijiazhuang, the capital of North China’s Hebei province and center of a recent flare-up of Covid-19, were eased on Monday, with trains to and from the city resuming after a 34-day suspension.

However, travel by highway and air remains banned. Operators of the city’s highways said business will “be resumed in an orderly manner” without giving a specific timeline, while intercity bus services will also stay suspended.

What’s the background: Shijiazhuang was one of three Hebei cities to be placed under lockdown in early January after the province reported more than 500 new coronavirus infections.

The province has reported no new infections for past two days, according to its health commission. As of Monday, the outbreak comprised 190 symptomatic coronavirus cases and 11 asymptomatic ones.

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