Life in China is slowly returning to normal. This week has led to unprecedented steps by governments around the world to control the Coronavirus pandemic, but in China, President Xi Jinping is gradually encouraging the population to return to life as normal.
The Chinese economy has been hit hard by the outbreak of Coronavirus, with flights from almost every country being suspended in and out of China. After a strict quarantine period and widespread measures to control the spread of the virus, ports are beginning to operate again and many stores are back in business. Apple had previously shuttered all of it’s mainland stores but has now reopened 38 out of their 42 outlets in China.
Importantly, Chinese ports are open for business again, and imports have already begun, importantly from the U.S. The Chinese and U.S. governments hatched a plan (excuse the pun) to open up imports of chickens that have previously been banned since 2015 due to an outbreak of avian influenza in the Pacific Northwest.
Avian Influenza has not been present in the U.S. since 2017, and the positive headlines of trade routes opening up between the U.S. and China are not just a relief for the import-export business, but also for the potential of the movement of people to begin to return to normal over the next few months
Interestingly, the reason why China has such a large demand for poultry and protein was due to last years recent swine fever outbreak which led to the culling of many pig herds in China. Pork has long been the most consumed meat in China, and poultry has now replaced a large proportion of that demand.
Disneyland Shanghai and many other notable tourist attractions have now reopened in China as the country’s lockdown measures appear to have greatly reduced the spread of the virus.
Disney’s theme park is to reopen in stages with the entertainment and shopping complex, along with a park and hotel being the first attractions to reopen before the amusement park.
Wuhan’s Tianhe airport has seen flights suspended since January 23 but airport management are now back to work and in the Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, the Hubei Airport Group has ordered airports to begin phases reopening from today.
Last month a study from Boyd Group International claimed that passenger traffic in China could see a reduction of 400 million this year due to the impact of Coronavirus, with the largest hit coming to domestic traffic.
It is still important to consider that quarantine periods may now apply to arrivals into Beijing airport, although airlines such as Air China and China Southern are selling tickets from March 31 onwards into China from Vancouver and Amsterdam respectively.
As much of the world will continue to see large amounts of travel disruption for the next 30 days, China is tentatively confident it will begin to get back to life as normal.
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