A general view shows the Erqi Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. (Photo: AFP)
Wuhan, the central Chinese city hard-hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak, decided to further restore its public transport services from Wednesday when the city is expected to lift its outbound travel restrictions, local authorities said.
The city with a population of some 11 million plans to add 30 bus routes starting from Wednesday, bringing the total number to 346, and resume operation of one more subway line, according to the municipal transport bureau.
Other transport services, including ferries, trams and taxis, will restart from Wednesday. Wuhan will resume the operation of long-distance coach stations, while inter-provincial coach services remain shuttered, the bureau said.
The public needs to go through real-name registration for taking public transportation or taxis in Wuhan. Passengers are required to wear masks and scan health codes when taking vehicles to reduce the risks of infection.
Currently, the transportation enterprises citywide arrange more than 3,600 staffs to disinfect the public areas in stations every day.
On Jan. 23, Wuhan declared unprecedented traffic restrictions, including suspending the city's public transport and all outbound flights and trains, in an attempt to contain the epidemic within its territory. The city is expected to lift the outbound travel restrictions on Wednesday.