The city of Wuhan, which was put into the most stringent quarantine in China after the first appearance of coronavirus there, is slowly returning to normal after the lockdown that began in late January and is expected to be completely abolished on April 8.
At the height of the quarantine, some 56 million people in the city and surrounding area, Hubei, were forced to stay home and all travel stopped.
As life slowly returns to normal, there are worries that the outbreaks of the disease could increase again, not only as many return from new disease outbreaks abroad but also because China does not disclose the number of asymptomatic cases. Nevertheless, the feeling is that the worst is over.
With the reopening of businesses and shopping malls on Monday there is already a crowd on the streets. But not enough. The city will need time to recover from the shock and residents are still hesitant.
The large yellow plastic dams that separated roads and neighborhoods have not yet been removed, but little by little, though, the inhabitants are beginning to move.
Shopkeepers in the center opened their stores on Monday, but customers were few. However, they have employees with disinfectants at the entrances and checking clients for fever. She worked as a teacher in the eastern city of Nanjing, and when Wuhan was sealed she was there to visit her family.
Everyone is happy and hopeful, but returning is difficult in the post-Coronial era and they know it.