More than 350 migrant workers from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region departed for other domestic cities to resume work through charter flights on February 27.
The human resources and social security bureau of Xinjiang's Hotan Prefecture said those workers are all from the prefecture, and they will arrive in the city of Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwest China and the city of Jinjiang in eastern Fujian Province, to alleviate the worker shortage there.
The prefecture has conducted physical examinations for those willing to go out for work, issued health certificates and arranged charter flights for free for them, in an effort to lower the risk of infection of the novel coronavirus during the trips.
Ablimit Eli, from Moyu County, worked for a timber company in Guangxi and was paid a monthly salary of 5,400 yuan ($770) in 2019, more than double the income of working in his hometown. He returned to Moyu to visit his family on January 17.
"I learned about the outbreak at the end of January. I thought I couldn't go back to work and was worried about my income. It was beyond my expectation that the government provided such thoughtful services for us. I can now continue working and make money," Ablimit said.
A total of 174 migrant workers from Hotan flew to central China's Hunan Province for work via a charter flight on February 22.
Another charter flight took 135 migrant workers from the region's Akqi County to the city of Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province on February 26.