Trans­port mea­sures key to con­tain­ing coro­n­avirus

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By MO JINGXI mo­[email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Premier Li Ke­qiang un­der­lined the im­por­tance of re­duc­ing the risk of spread­ing the novel coro­n­avirus through the flow of people com­ing back from the Spring Fes­ti­val holiday as he in­spected the Bei­jing West Rail­way Sta­tion on Fri­day.

But the peak traf­fic sea­son af­ter the Spring Fes­ti­val seen in pre­vi­ous years will not oc­cur this year, ac­cord­ing to the re­sult of big data anal­y­sis of ticket book­ing and pas­sen­ger flows. The same sit­u­a­tion ap­plies to other trans­porta­tion and civil avi­a­tion sec­tors.

Li urged epi­demic pre­ven­tive mea­sures to be im­ple­mented in a de­tailed way and mul­ti­ple mea­sures to be adopted at the same time to avoid large num­bers of people re­turn­ing at the same time.

Li was briefed on the off-peak dis­patch of trains na­tion­wide and the trends of pas­sen­ger flows in the com­ing days at the sta­tion’s dis­patch and com­mand cen­ter.

Say­ing that epi­demic preven­tion and con­trol is still at a crit­i­cal pe­riod while work and pro­duc­tion are re­sum­ing in a ma­jor­ity of places, Li urged ef­forts to strengthen the mon­i­tor­ing of pas­sen­ger flows and rea­son­able ar­range­ment of ticket sales.

Li in­structed that poli­cies that tem­po­rar­ily lift all tolls on toll roads, in­clud­ing those for cars, pas­sen­ger cars and trucks, be worked out promptly.

No ef­fort should be spared to im­ple­ment all pre­ven­tive mea­sures to bet­ter guar­an­tee the smooth trans­porta­tion of key med­i­cal pro­tec­tive sup­plies and life ne­ces­si­ties and re­duce com­pa­nies’ lo­gis­tics costs.

Traf­fic ex­pec­ta­tions should be well guided to re­al­ize people’s or­derly and bal­anced travel, and or­derly re­sump­tion of work and pro­duc­tion should be pro­moted while avoid­ing con­ta­gion, Li said.

The premier stressed the im­por­tance of per­son­nel flows and guar­an­tee­ing the sup­ply of pre­ven­tive ma­te­ri­als and daily ne­ces­si­ties.

Epi­demic pre­ven­tive mea­sures on pub­lic trans­porta­tion ve­hi­cles and sta­tions should be put into prac­tice to en­able pas­sen­gers to travel safely and at ease, he said.

To en­sure smooth and ef­fec­tive trans­porta­tion, ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ar­bi­trar­ily set­ting up check­points and block­ing traf­fic will be cor­rected, Li said.

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