Bengaluru: Wuhan city, the capital of Hubei province, China has decided to lift outbound travel curbs starting April 8. 

The move comes as the city has recorded no fresh infections of coronavirus in the last five days. 

But the ones who wish to travel outside must possess a green health code, meaning no contact with any infected or suspected COVID-19 cases, Xinhua news agency quoted a circular issued by the provincial COVID-19 control headquarters as saying.

The city had been under lockdown for 2 months. As a precautionary measure, flights, trains and other forms of public transport were all suspended. 

As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases in China increased to 81,545, while the death toll stood at 3,281, according to the latest updates by the Washington-based John Hopkins University, as reported by a popular website. 

Back home in India, VK Paul the Co-chair of Empowered Committee for India’s COVID-19 Response has categorically rejected claims that India is yet to reach stage three of the pandemic.

He also added that the Indian government is going the extra mile to contain the spread and keep things under control.

Detailing the issue, he also said that lockdown and other containment measures are part of the government’s move to keep things under check.

Community transmission means that an individual who has no travel or contact history with any Covid-19 patient tests positive for a coronavirus infection, as reported by a popular website.

He said, “Today, you can say, as of now we are preparing for Stage 3 and intensification of containment to the best possible extent. There is no dearth of testing kits and their approach is dictated to ensure no wastage of resources.”

At the time of writing this article, India has recorded 523 positive coronavirus cases and ten deaths, globally the numbers stand at 381,621 and 16, 574 respectively.

It should also be noted that three other states – Goa, Odisha and Sikkim – apart from several other states have entered a state of lockdown.

During such a lockdown, only essential commodities like food, medicine are kept open while citizens are not allowed to venture on the roads.

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi is all set to address the nation for the second time in less than a week on the issue of coronavirus.