China stresses smooth freight transport amid epidemic
China has urged all possible efforts to ensure the smooth transportation of medical and epidemic-prevention materials, daily necessities, government reserve goods, and postal and express deliveries. Local authorities are prohibited from blocking or closing expressways, ordinary roads, waterways or ship locks without authorization, according to a circular issued by the State Council COVID-19 response inter-agency task force.
The circular said that expressway service areas, ports, docks, railway stations and airports must not be shut down without authorization.
It said that freight vehicles and passengers of these vehicles must not be arbitrarily restricted.