China on the move again as expressways re-open

China is returning to work, according to official figures, which should be good news for international construction projects awaiting the return of personnel and the resumption of building-material production.

The government has reopened all but two of the 1,119 expressway entrances and exits it had closed closed to contain the Covid-19 virus, Xinhua reported Saturday (14 March).

A further 549 blocked national, provincial, county and township roads have re-opened.

Around 60% of the country’s internal migrant workforce, stuck at home amid the lockdown – some 78 million people – were now returning to work, official data indicated.

Figures from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) showed the national road network is "basically running normally", said Xinhua.

As of 1 March, 19 of 28 provinces had resumed inter-provincial passenger transport routes and chartered buses.

The Central Committee and the State Council have ruled that transportation restrictions on freight vehicles and vessels should be lifted in areas "with no serious epidemic situation" to ensure ensure movement of raw materials and exports.

Image: An expressway junction in Zhijin, Guizhou (Esiymbro/CC BY-SA 4.0)

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  1. Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end for the mass hysteria caused by the media, and one day soon maybe bog roll can return to our store shelves.

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