March 10, 2020 / 5:14 AM / 20 days ago

China's Hubei province starts 'health code' system to kick off travel

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s Hubei province said on Tuesday it will implement a “health code” mobile phone-based monitoring system to start allowing people to travel within the province, as it tries to resume normal activities after the coronavirus outbreak.

The statement, published on the government’s website, said the move was aimed at promoting the resumption of work and production in the province.

State media earlier on Tuesday reported that Hubei, which is at the epicenter of the outbreak, was studying plans to allow people in areas at a medium- or low-risk of contracting the coronavirus to start traveling.

Reporting by Brenda Goh, Huizhong Wu and Stella Qiu; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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