Over 90 Percent of employees in China’s Postal Industry have resumed working amid control of the novel coronavirus pneumonia disease (COVID-19), said a State Post Bureau Official on Friday.

Deputy Head of China’s State Post Bureau Liu Jun made the statement at a press conference held by the State Council’s anti-epidemic Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism in Beijing.

Liu said the State Post Bureau has been organising the postal industry in China to ensure timely deliveries of supplies for epidemic control and necessities of life.

“We have set special domestic and international channels to ensure transport and delivery of supplies for epidemic control to the best of abilities.

The China Post Group Co., Ltd. and 12 main express parcel-delivery companies organised special forces for the priority of transporting and mailing medical supplies for epidemic prevention in urgent need by Hubei Province.

By March 4, relevant parcel-delivery companies had transported and delivered 163 million pieces of anti-epidemic aid supplies with a total weight of 61,900 tons, involving 20,700 road vehicles and 321 cargo flights,” said Liu.

The Official said the State Post Bureau has been helping postal enterprises resume operation amid the coronavirus control.

“We have been assisting relevant enterprises in overcoming difficulties including lack of employees and protective supplies and in guaranteeing smooth vehicle transport and terminal deliveries.

So far, nearly three million employees in the postal and express industry of China have resumed work, accounting for 90.2 percent of the total number of personnel in the industry. And more than 160 million express parcels are being handled daily, with the rate of operation resumption reaching over 80 percent,” said Liu.

He said many local governments have allowed deliverymen to enter housing estates for the convenience of the residents.

“Over 50 percent of the provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland have adopted policies to allow deliverymen to enter housing estates to carry out delivery services for the residents after being confirmed of normal body temperatures.

We have instructed postal management departments in various regions to coordinate with local governments to speed up implementation of relevant decisions made by State Council executive meetings, making efforts to remove the obstacle for the ‘last 100 meters’ in deliveries at housing estates,” said the State Post Bureau official.

Some are using drones to deliver parcels to residents to avoid person-to-person contacts to further prevent transmission of the virus.

Commenting on that, Deputy Secretary General of the National Development & Reform Commission Gao Gao said at the briefing that the new unmanned modes of express delivery featuring technologies of AI and 5G by some major and innovative logistics enterprises are significant in coping with emergencies such as public health incidents and in upgrading quality and efficiency of the logistics industry in general.

“We will continue to work with relevant departments to strengthen monitoring analysis & prospective research on the development of intelligent logistics, create sound policy conditions and development environment, promote deep integration of logistics activities with new-generation information technology and intelligent equipment such as Internet of Things, big data, cloud computing, 5G and artificial intelligence, so as to give full play to the important role of intelligent logistics in aspects including improving logistics support capacity amid emergencies, and provide strong support for promoting cost-effective and high-quality development of the logistics industry,” said Gao.