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Officials have disinfected Terminal 3 at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport before it opens for passengers after around two months of closure.

In January, China shut down all modes of transport to and from Wuhan city, which was the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The airport is set to reopen on 8 April after the travel restrictions are lifted in the city.

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport is situated 26km north of Wuhan City and operates direct flights to New York, London, San Francisco, Paris, Rome and Moscow.

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Xinhua quoted terminal management head Ye Tao as saying that the disinfection process for the 570,000m² area in the terminal was carried out by 161 professionals.

The disinfection included the terminal’s main facilities such as benches, elevators and trolleys.

Ye said: “The disinfection aims to create a safe and healthy environment for customers when operations resume.”

The key service personnel had to undergo training and assessments conducted by the airport. In addition, it also conducted run checks on important facilities that include fresh air systems, along with risk evaluations for resuming operations.

On 27 March, the Covid-19 risk evaluation of Wuhan was reduced to ‘medium risk’ from ‘high risk’. No cities or counties in the Hubei Province are stated to be ‘high risk’.

The Covid-19 pandemic has so far killed more than 69,000 and infected over 1,274,000 people worldwide.

China, which was previously the epicentre of the outbreak, has reported 82,626 cases and around 3,333 deaths.

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) reported that on 4 April, 30 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in mainland China, of which 25 were imported cases. NHC added that there were three deaths, all of which were from the Hubei Province.

The total cases of imported infections in the country currently stands at 913.

Last month, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it has temporarily suspended the entry of foreign travellers who have visas or residence permits.