The number of railway passenger trips took a nosedive in the first three days of the Spring Festival travel season amid stringent1 epidemic2 control measures, data from the national railway operator showed Sunday.
Passengers made 2.96 million railway trips on Saturday, while a total of 3.08 million and 2.83 million trips were registered on Thursday and Friday, respectively, according to the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. (China Railway).
The company said on Sunday, the fourth day of the travel rush, 2.9 million passenger trips were expected to be made, a year-on-year decrease of 75 percent.
In light of sporadic3 resurgence4 of COVID-19 cases and measures to reduce people's movement, the group previously5 lowered its estimate of railway passenger trips from 407 million to 296 million for the travel peak.
Electronic tickets are used in most railway stations across the country, and passengers can check in with their ID cards or through facial recognition.
Passengers are urged to practice social distancing at the waiting halls.
Online food ordering service is also available so that passengers can get their deliveries at their boarding stations.