In fear of Beijing lockdown, migrant workers return to Beijing early

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A video taken on Jan 26 shows an over-crowded Beijing train station despite the government’s effort to curb the epidemic by extending the Chinese New Year holiday to delay their returns to major cities.

The captions on the video says:

  • In fear of Beijing lockdown, many migrant workers are returning to Beijing ahead of schedule.
  • The Beijing government says that all transportations remain normal.
  • There is no lockdown in Beijing, and there won’t be a lockdown in Beijing. Nevertheless, strict measures are in effect to prevent the spread of the virus.

During the Chinese New Year holiday, the capital city of China usually turned quiet and empty after migrant workers left for their hometowns. Most restaurants are closed, because workers are gone.

Picture above: Beijing government’s notice to halt long-distance bus transportation into and out of Beijing.

But on Jan 26, the government halted long-distance bus transportation in Beijing, which sent fear to the public of an impending lockdown in this area.

Picture above: Official announcement to extend Chinese New Year holiday to Feb 3.

On Jan 26, the Chinese government extended the Chinese New Year holiday to Monday, February 3 as an effort to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

The disarray in government’s policies and communications has made the matter worse. With the early return of the migrant workers and travelers, the containment of the virus becomes more challenging.

The images coming out of Wuhan under lockdown can be another reason for the early return of these migrant workers. They may hope for a better situation in the country’s capital than facing starvation elsewhere.

Many Chinese are angry at the incompetence of the Chinese government during a crisis like this, and call for the Communist Party to step down.

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