The southern province of Guangdong had the most Wuhan visitors outside Hubei province on Thursday, a day after the lockdown of China's Covid-19 epicentre was lifted, according to Chinese search giant Baidu.
Nearly one-tenth of the people who left Wuhan on Thursday travelled to Guangdong, with almost half of those travellers arriving in the two major cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, according to data collected by the company.
The majority - about two-thirds of the people who left Wuhan - went to neighbouring cities in Hubei province, including Xiaogan, Huanggang and Ezhou, a day after the travel ban lasting over two months was lifted.
Guangdong, one of China's economic powerhouses, has for decades been a favourite destination for migrant workers across the country, attracting people with its more freewheeling economy and huge manufacturing base.
China's National Health Commission reported close to 82,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Thursday, with more than 80 per cent of them in Hubei.
Although Hubei reported no new confirmed infections on Thursday, more than 1,000 asymptomatic patients were under medical observation in the country, including about 60 per cent in the central China province, the initial epicentre of the outbreak.
Symptom-free coronavirus carriers are contagious, the Chinese government has said.
Research by Chinese doctors has found that roughly 60 per cent of people who contracted the disease in Wuhan were asymptomatic or showed only mild symptoms and that some of these cases were not reported to the authorities.
Thursday's travel pattern was similar to trends seen on Wednesday when the lockdown ended, according to the Baidu data. Nearly 80 per cent of those who left Wuhan on that day travelled to other cities in Hubei province.
Around 3.6 per cent of people went to nearby Hunan province, closely followed by 3.4 per cent to Guangdong.
While Baidu did not release numbers of people leaving Wuhan, transport bodies have revealed the scale of human movement with their travel statistics.
An estimated 55,000 people left Wuhan by train on Wednesday, the first day the railways reopened, with about 40 per cent of them headed to Pearl River Delta in Guangdong, according to the local railway authority.
More than 100 commercial flights took off from the city, sending more than 7,100 travellers to other parts of China. One-fifth of them went to Chengdu, Haikou and Shenzhen.
The lockdown of Wuhan, home to 11 million residents, saw its borders close, incoming and outgoing flights cancelled, public transport halted, public gatherings banned and the movement of people greatly restricted starting from January 23, two days before the Lunar New Year.
People can now leave the city if they have been given a clean bill of health to return to jobs in other parts of the country.
Much of the city's transport services, including ferries and taxis, have resumed operations.
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