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Chinese enjoy warm, safe Spring Festival holidays as most places have passed infection peak

2023-01-28 10:22:22       source:Global Times

January 27, 2023

Railway stations and airports across China in the past few days have embraced the busiest period in almost three years as they were flooded with hugs, tears and joy. Highways were congested with cars full to the brim with hometown specialties, and after celebrating a warm and happy Spring Festival holiday with their loved ones, Chinese people are imbued with a refreshed spirit and wishes to usher in the Year of the Rabbit.

This Spring Festival holiday was particularly special for every Chinese - it was the first holiday after China announced the downgrading of COVID-19 management from Class A to Class B in early January. After the whole country went through a surge in COVID infections in December and early January, people's emotions were a mixture of worry and excitement as more people chose to go back to their hometowns to have a family reunion for the Chinese New Year, after the ritual has been absent for the past three Spring Festivals for many families.

With full preparations by governments at all levels and the hard work of medical staff, big and small cities, counties and villages across China had already passed the infection peak and were able to cope with a smaller number of COVID-19 patients in clinics than anticipated during the holiday. As the whole epidemic situation in China is under control, people's lives are back to normal and the country is expected to embrace an economic rebound. 

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