Recent outbreaks of COVID-19 in multiple cities are scaring off some Chinese people from going on their annual Spring Festival holiday, with some calling for its cancellation over fears that the annual Spring Festival travel rush, the world's biggest human migration, will bring a resurgence of the COVID-19 epidemic in China.
However, experts assured the public that China is confident it can prevent the resurgence of a large-scale epidemic and any suggestion to cancel the Spring Festival travel rush is an overreaction.
While the epidemic situation in the country seems to have been brought under control, novel coronavirus cases have hit Shanghai, Tianjin, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan and Heilongjiang, and most recently Sanya, a popular tropical tourist destination located in South China's Hainan Province.
"Tourists' confidence in the city has not been significantly impacted," the company said in a statement to the Global Times, adding that the number of tourists to Hainan in the last two months has grown 30 percent year-on-year. If there is no virus outbreak, Qunar predicted that the number of tourists during the Spring Festival would increase by more than 50 percent year-on-year.
To ensure that the 2021 Spring Festival travel rush does not result in a huge outbreak, the health authorities and the Ministry of Transport have started to mobilize railway stations and trains to implement prevention and control measures for the upcoming peak passenger flow.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China also encouraged passengers to avoid peak periods and suggested wearing masks on flights and always disinfecting their hands.
The Spring Festival travel rush will start on January 28, 2021 and end on March 8, authorities said. According to preliminary predictions, civil aviation passenger traffic during the holiday will be close to the levels of the same period before the epidemic, and will be mainly made up of domestic travel, officials from the Civil Aviation Administration of China said. The pre-holiday peak is expected to be reached from February 5 to 10, and post-holiday peak will be seen from February 17 to 20.
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