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‘It’s OK, we just eat less’: how the virus infects everyday life in China

As people struggle with the restrictions, they remain surprisingly sanguine. But, then, this is nothing new for them

Sophia Yan

These days, getting fresh food in Foshan for Li Xiyan means waking early and having sharp elbows to fend off other people. Shops are struggling to replenish stocks after authorities blocked numerous transport links across China in efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

“The supermarkets don’t have much,” said Li, 55, who lines up before the doors open at 8am. “It’s OK, we just eat less.”

But simple meals at home are a far cry from the banquets the Chinese have come to expect around the Lunar New Year holiday that usually sees millions travel across the country to visit relatives and friends...

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