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China travel set to drop 70% for rest of Lunar New Year holiday

Trips tumble 35% so far following massive quarantines

Visitors stroll Shanghai's Yuyuan Garden during the extended Lunar New Year holiday.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- Chinese travel during the remainder of the Lunar New Year is expected to fall about 70% from last year's holiday, a Ministry of Transport official said Thursday, as a deadly coronavirus outbreak disrupts one of the biggest annual movements of people in the world. 

About 1.32 billion trips were made during from Jan. 10 to Wednesday, marking a 35% drop from 2019, Cai Tuanjie, an official with the Ministry of Transport, said at a news conference in Beijing. 

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