Weekly review of China's social and economic developments amid COVID-19 control

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BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Amid further containment of COVID-19, China is powering ahead in bringing business and life back on track. The following are the latest facts and figures:

-- Beijing plans to conditionally ease epidemic prevention and control restrictions over its 682 nursing homes from Monday.

The institutions, with some 48,000 senior citizens who remained in residence during the Spring Festival holiday, have reported zero infections of COVID-19 since Jan. 27 when Beijing closed off nursing homes amid the epidemic.

-- The number of China-Europe freight trains crossing the inland port of Alashankou in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region continued to rise in the first four months of this year.

Customs authorities in Alashankou supervised 1,211 China-Europe cargo trains from January to April, up 28.28 percent year on year. These trains transported a total of 109,064 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of goods, a year-on-year increase of 37.05 percent.

-- Southwest China's Yunnan Province will reopen kindergartens and special education schools from May 25.

-- Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, will not charge individual testees as the central Chinese city moves to expand its nucleic acid tests to cover all residents who have not been tested for the novel coronavirus.

Wuhan last week announced its plan to expand nucleic acid tests in order to better know the number of asymptomatic cases, or people who show no clear symptoms despite carrying the virus.

The decision was made as the city, once hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, continued to report daily increases of asymptomatic infections, raising public concerns as Wuhan reopens its factories, businesses and schools.

-- South China's Guangdong Province will reopen kindergartens and special education schools starting June 2.

-- East China's Zhejiang Province announced Tuesday it would offer vouchers worth 220 million yuan (about 30.97 million U.S. dollars) via online payment service platforms such as Alipay to spur tourism consumption dampened by the COVID-19 epidemic.

-- A freight train loaded with cars, accessories, food and clothing set off Wednesday from north China's Tianjin Municipality to Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

This was the first train on the China-Europe freight route that departed from Tianjin Pilot Free Trade Zone since it was established in 2015.

-- Hubei on Wednesday started construction of an 800-bed base for prevention, control, and treatment of major epidemics in the future.

The base, designed for infectious disease treatment, is located at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan. It is expected to be built in three years. Enditem

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