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Forbidden City, Great Wall reopen as Beijing emerges from lockdown



Forbidden City, Great Wall reopen as Beijing emerges from lockdown

More than three months after they were closed because of the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Great Wall of China have been reopened to visitors.

Parks and museums also opened their doors again on Friday, although tickets had to be ordered online and the number of visitors was severely limited.

The Forbidden City, also called the Imperial Palace, is only allowing 5,000 visitors a day, whereas previously 80,000 were allowed.

Urban parks are allowing 30 per cent of the usual number of visitors, with temperatures being taken at the entrances.

Visitors also have to wear face masks and show a green code on a mobile phone app that is now widely used in China to prove people are not ill and have not had contact with people infected with the coronavirus.

Forbidden City, Great Wall reopen as Beijing emerges from lockdown

Visitors also have to maintain physical distance from each other.

The opening of tourist attractions for May Day is another sign that China has the virus under control.

The Health Commission announced only 12 new infections nationwide on Friday, six of which were Chinese nationals returning home from abroad.

No death has been reported for more than two weeks.

Officially, 4,633 deaths and 83,000 infections have been reported in China since the start of the outbreak of the respiratory disease, with 599 patients still being treated in hospital.

However, observers assume that many cases have not been counted in the statistics.

The authorities called on the population to continue to be careful and take precautions during the five-day May Day holiday.

It is expected there will be a third fewer train journeys than the previous year. (dpa)

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