Deliveries surge in China as millions stay home during Spring Festival

Deliveries in China surged dramatically during the Spring Festival, the country’s biggest holiday, amid government calls for people to stay home.

The country saw over 13 million deliveries on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, according to China’s State Post Bureau. It marked a 223 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Chinese citizens enjoy a seven-day break for the Spring Festival. Known as the world’s largest annual human migration, the holiday sees millions of people traveling thousands of miles across the country for family reunions.

This year, however, the tradition was broken as the Chinese government encouraged people to stay put to curb the spread of COVID-19. As a result, railway trips plunged by nearly 70 percent.

Major logistic companies are still operating to ensure residents receive their holiday gifts, the State Post Bureau said. And the number of people on duty in the sector is expected to exceed one million.

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