The Chinese city of Wuhan endured a stringent lockdown lasting more than two and a half months.
But on April 8, with the coronavirus outbreak finally under control in China, people began venturing out into the spring sunshine.
Here are some Reuters image of a city slowly coming back to life, after a traumatic ordeal which infected more than 50,000 and killed over 2,500, according to official statistics.
A crowded Hankou Railway Station reflects a return to normality in Wuhan
Fresh air and face masks as people pose by the Yangtze river
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A theatre in Wuhan is disinfected before the city opens up
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A man cries during a national day of mourning for the victims of COVID-19
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Passengers wear protective gear at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
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Employees resume work on a production line, manufacturing monitors
Fresh chrysanthemum flowers, a traditional Chinese funeral flower, lie on the banks of the Yangtze
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