Watch: Timelapses show bustling Wuhan after China eases coronavirus lockdown

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Life is returning to Wuhan, the once-deserted epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with people heading out to shopping areas and busy roads.

The video above from Reuters shows accelerated videos of vibrant scenes around the city on Tuesday.

Wuhan's virtual lockdown - which lasted more than two months - began to ease on April 8, allowing people with valid reasons and the right paperwork to travel in and out of the city.

The city is still testing residents regularly, with China wary of a rebound in cases, even as it sets its sights on normalizing the economy.

Concerns remain over an influx of infected patients from overseas as well as China's ability to detect asymptomatic patients.

The government in Wuhan has tried to reassure the public that it remains vigilant.

The virus, which first broke out in Wuhan in late 2019, has since spread around the world infecting 2 million people, killing more than 129,000 people.

Officials in Wuhan said on Friday the city will spend 200 million yuan ($28.4 million) to upgrade the city’s 425 farmers’ markets, as part of a campaign to improve hygiene.

Several of the early cases of COVID-19 were linked to a seafood market in Wuhan that also sold other species, suggesting that the new virus may have jumped from an animal traded there to people.

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