aying the reopening of plants af??ter the Spring Festival holiday and causing a shortage of workers with the nationwide traffic?? restrictions in place. China has about 170 million rural migrant workers employed away from ??their hometowns, many of whom could not return to work as enterprises across the country bega?
?n to resume production on Feb. 10. In response, local governments have arrangeB
d chartered fli??ghts and trains to take workers directly to the factories while issuing subsidies to tide com??panies over difficulties. By early March, the southern manufacturing heartland Guangdong Prov??ince had seen 91.2 percent of firms resume operation. Almost every sector of Chinese society ??has chipped in oc
n the anti-virus fight, from barbers offering medics free haircuts to factori??2
es revamping their assembly lines to produce medical masks. According to the Ministry of Indu??stry and Information Technology, China's output of protective clothing has surged to 500,000 ??pieces per day from fewer than 20,000 pieces at the beginning of the outbreak. The daily outp??ut of N95-rated medical masks ros8
e from 200,000 to 1.6 million, while that of regular masks r??eached 100 millio9
n. "China's economic and social development over the past decade has laid a ??sound foundation for the fight against the epidemic and enabled the society to mobilize more ??quickly," said Tang Bei, an international public health researcher at Shanghai International ??Studies University. China's tech boom also made co5
ntributions -- tech companies rolled out di??sinfecting robots, thermal camera-c
equipped drones and AI-powered temperature measurement equi??pment, which have been rapidly deployed to reduce the risks of cross-infection. The outbreak ??has led to what is being called "the world's largest work-from-home experiment." The number o??f online meetings supported by Tencent Meeting on Feb. 10, when mosR
t enterprises started resu??ming work, was 100 times that of its previous avera6
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ge daily use. Lu Chuanying, a researcher w??ith Shanghai Institutes 8