As domestic cases of the Covid- 19 virus continue to subside, Chinese authorities have said they will end a two-month lockdown of most of coronavirus-hit Hubei province at midnight.

The authorities have said persons with a clean bill of health will be allowed to leave. The city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started in late December, will remain locked down until April 8th.

China barred people from leaving or entering Wuhan starting January 23rd in a surprise middle-of-the-night announcement and expanded it to most of the province in succeeding days. Train service and flights were canceled and checkpoints set up on roads into the central province.