China planner says regions at low risk of virus must resume activity

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Source : Reuters

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese regions deemed at low risk from the coronavirus outbreak should fully resume normal activities and end transport bans, an official at the state planning agency said on Tuesday.

China needed to take a more nuanced approach to controlling the epidemic to ensure the economic impact is minimized, Ou Xiaoli of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) told a news briefing.

“Low-risk areas … are to restore order in production and life, cancel transport restrictions and help enterprises solve employment, raw material, funding, equipment and other difficulties,” he said.

“The current epidemic situation is not the same everywhere,” he said, adding that if control measures were not tailored to circumstances in different places, it could hurt economic recovery.

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