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Premier Li: No travel peak likely this year

Updated: Feb 15,2020 10:43

Premier Li Keqiang visited Beijing West Railway Station on Feb 14 to inspect the off-peak travel schedules and novel coronavirus epidemic prevention and control work.

He extended greetings to passengers that were getting off the train at a platform, and asked them about the seating situation and the protection measures taken on the train. Hearing that there were not many passengers so that they could be scattered among the seats, Premier Li urged them to maintain good self-protection and return to work in an orderly manner.

He came to the railway control center, and heard a report from the official in charge of the railway department, who said that through enhanced and orderly arrangement, 51 percent of passengers who are workers have completed their trips currently, and the remained will be a mild flow with different schedules for resuming work; passengers for business trips have been scattered across different times and those who made trips for visits during the Lunar New Year holiday have almost returned.

The situation was also same with the road and air transport, according to the related officials in those departments. After hearing the report, Premier Li said that data indicated that no travel peak will happen as in the past years. Through a host of strong, orderly and scientific prevention and control measures, the spread of the infection sources from hardest-hit areas like Wuhan has been curbed, and the transmission links of the epidemic spread of have also been cut, so that a heavy outbreak the of epidemic would not appear.

The Premier said China has the confidence to win the battle against the novel coronavirus epidemic and will make efforts to achieve the annual targets of economic and social development.