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China seeks to minimize COVID-19 risk during travel rush


BEIJING (AP) — China is seeking to minimize the possibility of a major new COVID-19 outbreak during this month’s Lunar New Year travel rush following the end of most pandemic containment measures. The Transportation Ministry on Friday called on travelers to reduce trips and gatherings, particularly if they involve elderly people, pregnant women, small children and those with underlying conditions. Vice Minister Xu Chengguang says people using public transport are also urged to wear masks and pay special attention to their health and personal hygiene. The call stopped short of asking citizens to stay home entirely, as the government had since the pandemic began. On Sunday, China is also ending mandatory quarantines for people arriving from abroad.

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