Eating, Begging, Peddling...All Banned in Subway!

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China bans incivilities including eating, begging and peddling in subway since Wednesday, according to a new regulation.

In view of the no-food clause, the regulation makes exceptions to passengers with special needs such as infants and patients.
The regulation on the operation and management of urban rail passenger transit, which takes effect on April 1, also prohibits littering and busking in carriages.
"Behaviors such as begging and peddling disrupt the public order and compromise passenger's travel experience. They tend to cause passenger disputes, especially in the rush hour," said Wang Xiuchun, an official with the Ministry of Transport. 
In addition, the regulation asks passengers to use earphones when using electronic gadgets instead of setting their speakers aloud.

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A total of 800 ventilators, 300,000 sets of protective gowns and 300,000 face shields will be delivered to hard-hit countries in Europe, Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, posted on his Twitter account on Monday .


The Electronic World Trade Platform smart logistics hub, which was jointly built by the Belgian government and Alibaba at Belgium's Liege Airport, has played an important role in processing relief goods from China to Europe.


Cainiao, Alibaba's logistics subsidiary, will increase its charter cargo flights between east China's Hangzhou city and Liege to five a week to send relief goods to Europe. 

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Hangzhou has distributed 28.89 million yuan worth of coupons to encourage consumption, which in turn has driven consumer spending of 453 million yuan in three days.


The Hangzhou government has announced it will give out subsidies worth 500 million yuan to boost consumption, of which 15 million yuan will be for needy people and 485 million yuan will be used for consumption via digital payment platforms.


The first batch of coupons was released on last Friday and is valid until April 2. For each payment exceeding 40 yuan at designated vendors, consumers can receive subsidies of 10 yuan from the government. Each consumer can enjoy a subsidy of up to 50 yuan.


The effect of the coupon campaign has been obvious. As of 4:00 pm on Sunday, 28.89 million yuan of subsidies had been redeemed, which in turn has driven consumer spending of 453 million yuan, according to data from the Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Commerce.

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Tips for Self-Protection from COVID-19 in Public Transport

Here are some tips from experts that you can follow to better protect yourself against the COVID-19 when taking public transport such as the bus, subway or taxis: 


  • Wear a face mask and try to stay at least one meter away from other passengers. 

  • Avoid direct contact with frequently touched objects, such as handrails and stop buttons. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

  • Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with more than 60 percent alcohol to use on the go. 

  • Wash hands frequently. 

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