Over 3,000 Internet cafes closed in six months

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  • Tuesday, 07 Jan 2003

MORE than 3,300 Internet cafes throughout China were closed during the past half year for safety reasons, a Chinese official said. 

The nationwide overhaul of Internet cafes directly resulted from a fatal fire in a Beijing Internet cafe in June last year, which killed 25 people.  

About 45,000 Internet cafes were inspected during the six months, with nearly 12,000 of them suspended for shape-up and more than 3,300 closed, said Li Rongrong, Minister in charge of China’s State Economic and Trade Commission in a report on workplace safety.  

During the past two years, China has set up a more effective workplace supervision system, enacted new regulations and laws 

“With all these efforts, China’s record of workplace safety is improving,” Li said.  

“The increase In serious accidents has been completely reversed and the number of fatal accidents and death toll reduced year by year.”  

From January to October last year, the number of people killed in accidental fires reduced by 5.3% year-on-year. The death toll at county or town-owned coal mines and from road and shipping accidents also dropped considerably. 

He said even though China’s efforts had paid off, it still faced great challenges in this regard.  

“Workplace safety is a long-term and difficult goal and needs unremitting efforts,” he added. – People’s Daily  

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