Chinese migrants dismiss COVID concern amid travel

STORY: State media reported that some 390,000 passengers were expected to travel from Shanghai train stations on Tuesday alone for what is known as the Spring Festival holiday - seen as the world's largest annual mass migration before COVID.

As travelers moved through Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and Hongqiao Airport, some expressed optimism despite the risks.

The Ministry of Transport has estimated the rush will see a total of 2.1 billion passenger trips nationwide between January 7 and February 15 as many Chinese city dwellers make the most of their first chance for Lunar New Year trips to see extended family in home regions since the pandemic began.