Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Wuhan travel ban ends, virus deaths jump in US, UK
Wuhan travel ban ends, virus deaths jump in US, UK: Live updates
Ban on city where coronavirus emerged lifted as China outbreak eases, but global infections now exceed 1.4 million.
Wuhan began allowing people to leave on Wednesday for the first time since the central Chinese city was sealed off 76 days ago to contain the coronavirus that first emerged there late last year.
Roughly 65,000 had left within hours of the restrictions being lifted.
In the US the number of confirmed cases is now nearing 400,000, with the country recording its biggest daily jump in deaths since the outbreak began.
The United Kingdom, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care with the disease, also reported its biggest daily rise in deaths.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has threatened to put a "hold" on funds for the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing the organisation of bias towards China and performing badly in the coronavirus pandemic.
The US provides the WHO's biggest source of funds.