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China’s Hubei Province to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown

HONG KONG—Chinese authorities are planning to lift the mass quarantine on the central province of Hubei, where the coronavirus pandemic first emerged, as part of nationwide efforts to revitalize an economy brought to a near standstill by the contagion.

The lifting of the health cordon in Hubei—the region with the strictest epidemic controls in China and the last to ease them—comes after Chinese authorities reported a sustained decline in new locally transmitted coronavirus cases. Beijing has cited this trend in demanding greater…

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