March 18, 2020 / 3:26 AM / 11 days ago

China Hubei city to relax outbound travel curbs, Beijing out of bounds

A man stands on the terrace of a building as he speaks to someone below at a residential compound in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Hubei province, China, March 4, 2020. REUTERS

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese city of Ezhou in Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, has relaxed restrictions on outbound travel for non-resident citizens within its borders, but they will not be allowed to travel to Beijing, it said on Wednesday.

The city government said on its official website that people holding residence cards for regions outside Ezhou, excluding those returning to Beijing, would be permitted to drive out of the city once they have filled out a declaration.

It said the measures were aimed at helping people stranded in the city to return home or to work safely and in an orderly manner. Ezhou has reported a total of 1,394 cases of infection and 57 deaths.

Reporting by Gao Liangping, Chen Yawen and David Stanway; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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