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China on Tuesday lifted its lockdown to help contain the novel coronavirus in Wuhan city after 76 days, local media reported. 

At around 12.00 a.m. (1600GMT), authorities allowed traffic to move out of the capital of the central Hubei province where the coronavirus was first reported, the daily Global Times reported.

The country last month announced that it would lift restrictions in Wuhan as of April 8. The city houses nearly 11 million people.

On Jan. 23, China imposed a strict lockdown in Wuhan to stem the spread of the coronavirus which has killed over 78,000 people globally since

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