A worker named Chen Anxin (front) prepares to get on a train in Jingzhou.
A worker named Chen Anxin (front) prepares to get on a train in Jingzhou.

More than 1,000 migrant workers departed their hometown in Hubei for the city of Hangzhou in east China on Saturday after the virus outbreak situation eased across Hubei Province.

A total of 1,071 migrant workers in Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture set out for Hangzhou on a special train on Saturday morning.

These migrant workers possess health codes that would exempt them from observing the 14-day quarantine rule once they arrive as Hangzhou and Enshi recognize each other's health codes.

Li Jinggui, from Jianshi County, boarded the train with his wife and two children. "My boss has been asking me to go back because the factory needs workers. I'm glad to get back on the free train," he said.

The train rides are managed by local human resources authorities. No passenger is allowed to get off the train halfway to prevent risk.

By Wednesday, all cities and counties in Hubei had been labelled as low risk except for Wuhan. These cities, counties and districts have no newly confirmed cases in the last 14 days and thus are categorised as low-risk regions.

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