Beijing fights to keep enclosed cities fed
BEIJING: Communist leaders are trying to keep the flow of food to crowded cities despite non-slip controls and to calm fears of possible shortages and price spikes after panic purchases after most of the Accessed January 23.
Food stocks in supermarkets sold out shortly after Beijing imposed travel restrictions and extended the Lunar New Year vacations to keep factories, offices and other businesses closed and the public at home in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus. That also kept trucks off the road, interrupting the food supply.
This week, a cabinet official acknowledged that vegetable supplies were uneven and some daily necessities were exhausted. These problems are being coordinated and resolved, said Lian Weiliang, vice president of the Reform and Reform Commission, on February 3.
Later that day, state television announced the ruling communist party order local authorities throughout the country to ensure the supply of daily necessities, including vegetables, meat, eggs, milk and grains. The next day, the agriculture ministry told officials to unlock transport and ensure the normal functioning of livestock and feed production.
In Nanjing, an employee of a grocery store said: Some people tried to buy a lot, but they no longer do so after seeing the abundant offer.