Manufacturing workers return in the east and south

25 Feb 2020

Several workers are returning to their manufacturing jobs in China, amid calls to ease coronavirus travel curbs. 

There have been nine new coronavirus cases outside of Hubei, making it the lowest number since January 20th. 

Production resumed in the east and south of China after provinces reduced emergency response measures for the coronavirus. This allowed for more transportation options being more flexible which enabled workers to commute to their workplace.

China’s authorities had extended the prolonged Lunar New Year holiday until February 10th as a result of the outbreak. 

Reuters reports that since February 10th, around 180 million workers went back to work. 

According to internet giant Baidu Inc, Guangdong and Zhejiang have seen the biggest return of migrant workers. 

On Saturday, a senior Guangdong official said, “Guangdong is prioritizing production resumption at information technology, automobile, petrochemicals and household appliances firms... especially Huawei, ZTE, Midea and GAC Group. 

Around 200 chartered trains were sent to pick up over 6,000 migrant workers in the past two weeks. 

There was a rise in the use of urban transport in Shenzhen, which marked 420,900 cars commuting on Monday mornings. This is an increase of 58% week-on-week. 

Furthermore, Guangdong power supplier, China Southern Power Grid stated that throughout the week of February 16th, 5.58 bln kilowatt-hours of electricity were consumed.