This year’s Lunar New Year migration season in China begins January 28, but the number of people moving has decreased dramatically due to measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Xinhua News Agency reported that during this 40-day migration season, many Chinese who work far away often return to their homeland to celebrate the Lunar New Year with their families.
This year, due to re-export of Covid-19 cases and tightening of anti-epidemic measures, the number of people participating in the great migration – also known as Xuan Yun – plummeted.
|Every year, millions of Chinese people often travel long distances to return home to celebrate the Lunar New Year with their families. Photo: Reuters|
China normally sees about 3 billion journeys on this occasion. Last year, because the new strain corona virus started to rage and the government imposed travel restrictions, the number fell by more than half, the BBC quoted data from China’s Ministry of Transport as saying.
According to this news agency, this year, life has returned to almost normal in most regions, but the number of journeys is expected to increase only about 1.7 billion.
|A Beijing banner encourages residents not to leave the city. Photo: BBC|
To prepare for this, Beijing announced plans to vaccinate Covid-19 to 50 million people – or 3.5% of the population – before the migration season begins. Residents are also advised to wear masks, be prepared with medical codes and avoid eating or drinking on public transport.
However, in recent weeks there have been some outbreaks, especially in rural areas. In Tonghua in northeastern Jilin province, this entire city of 2 million people was in a blockade after 13 new infections occurred in January.
|Train station in Changchun, Jilin Province, January 28. Photo: Tan Hoa commune|
To people in the affected cities, the message is clear: No travel will be allowed during this Lunar New Year.
And to make the Tet atmosphere safe and happy, the authorities have announced a series of measures to help those who do not go home or travel during this time can fully enjoy the holiday, according to Times Global.
For example, online TV and entertainment programs are enhanced, while businesses are encouraged to provide mobile data free of charge.
|Passengers comply with the social gap while waiting to enter Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, January 28. Photo: Tan Hoa commune|
|Staff on board teach a child to wash their hands properly on the G7258 train from Hefei Anhui province to Shanghai, January 28. Photo: Tan Hoa commune|
|The robot checks the temperature and disinfects in the lobby of the northern Shenyang Railway Station, Liaoning Province on January 28. Photo: Tan Hoa commune|
|A passenger passed through a body thermometer and checked security at the southern Hefei station, Anhui province, Jan. 28. Photo: Tan Hoa commune|
|Photos on the 3603 train from Beijing to Chongqing on January 28. Photo: Tan Hoa commune|
|A deserted scene at a train station in Beijing on the first day of Xuan Yun on January 28. Photo: Tan Hoa commune|
|The staff sprayed and disinfected the train station on January 28, Xuan Yun. Photo: Tan Hoa commune|
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