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Li: China to ensure virus control amid Spring Festival travel rush

This Feb 20, 2019 photo shows passengers at Chongqing North Railway Station in Chongqing, southwest China. (WANG QUANCHAO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – China will make efforts to ensure COVID-19 prevention and control during the 2022 Spring Festival travel rush, according to a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

China's largest annual travel rush will last from Jan 17 to Feb 25 next year, said Ren Zhuoli, an official with the Ministry of Transport Wednesday.

The number of passenger trips during the 40-day travel season, also known as chunyun, is expected to rise sharply from the figure recorded in the corresponding period of 2021, Ren said.

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The number of passenger trips during the travel rush in 2022 will increase significantly from the 870 million trips made in that in 2021, and even surpass the 1.48 billion trips recorded in the corresponding period in 2020, Ren said.

During the travel season, many Chinese people will travel to reunite with their families for the Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, which will fall on Feb 1, 2022.  

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