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Production resuming, workers returning in Hubei

Workers work in a maintenance shed of Metro Line 5 under construction in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province, March 31, 2020. Wuhan Metro Line 5 has resumed construction since March 23. [Photo/Xinhua]

With the novel coronavirus under control, Central China’s Hubei province is seeing production resuming and workers returning to work, an official said on Wednesday.

By Tuesday, 42,130 enterprises in Hubei province had returned to work, accounting for 93.8 percent of the total, according to Xie Gaobo, deputy director of the Development and Reform Commission of Hubei.

There are 4.695 million employees on duty, about 66.3 percent of the total, he said at a daily briefing.

In Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, 85.4 percent of enterprises have resumed work, with 40.4 percent of employees back to work, he said.

The resumption of production of enterprises is directly related to the employment and income of people, he said. Since March 11, the province has gradually resumed production under the premise of strengthening prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak, he said.

According to the provincial Human Resources and Social Security Department, more than 5 million people in Hubei have returned to work, including about 3.13 million getting back to work outside the province.


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