Violent protests erupt in China as Hubei natives blocked from leaving

Residents of China’s coronavirus-stricken Hubei province appeared to clash with police as they were blocked from crossing a bridge to neighbouring Jiangxi.

Video clips widely circulated online showed rare protests apparently sparked over fears that travellers could spread the infectious disease.

China lifted tough restrictions this week that prevented people from leaving Hubei – where the outbreak began in December. But outside of Hubei, there is some doubt over claims that the outbreak has been controlled.

On Friday night videos claimed to show police from Jiangxi province – wearing face masks and bearing riot shields – blocking the bridge to prevent people from crossing.

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