Despite being hundreds of kilometres from the epicentre of the coronavirus, the streets of Handan are eerily quiet. Photo: Orange Wang

Coronavirus: life in one Chinese city grinds to a halt with touchless KFC takeaway orders, closed communities

  • Millions of Chinese were due to start work on Monday after authorities extended the Lunar New Year holiday to contain the spread of the new coronavirus
  • But the situation in Handan city, some 800km from the epicentre of the outbreak, shows just how far life is from returning to normal in many parts of China
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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Despite being hundreds of kilometres from the epicentre of the coronavirus, the streets of Handan are eerily quiet. Photo: Orange Wang
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Orange Wang

Orange Wang

Orange Wang covers the Chinese macroeconomy, and has many years of experience with China's monetary and fiscal policy moves. He also covered global market and financial news for a long time, with a particular focus on new technologies and their influences on economic growth and society. Before joining the South China Morning Post, Orange worked as a Shanghai Correspondent for ET Net, a Hong Kong financial news agency.