- A striking photo captured by a photographer in China shows the struggle of living under fear of contracting the coronavirus.
- As of Tuesday, the virus had killed at least 1,100 people and infected nearly 45,000. It has spread to every province and region in China as well at least 25 other countries.
- The image, captured by Zhu Weihui of The Paper, shows a food-delivery worker overwhelmed with bags as he made his rounds in Shanghai.
- According to the Associated Press, many people are relying on online marketplaces, like the Chinese e-commerce giants JD.com and Alibaba Group, along with smaller-scale merchants, to deliver food and other essentials.
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A striking image captured by a photographer in Shanghai shows an overloaded delivery man amid panic over the coronavirus outbreak.
The image was captured by Zhu Weihui, a photographer for The Paper, the sister publication of the English-language Sixth Tone, on Sunday. The unnamed man was delivering food and groceries in the city’s Minhang District, as residents rely on delivery companies to bring them goods to avoid shopping in crowded supermarkets during the coronavirus outbreak.
Zhu told Business Insider the man worked for a company called Ding Dong buying vegetables.
As of Tuesday, the virus has killed at least 1,100 people and infected nearly 45,000 with a disease now officially known as COVID-19. It has spread to every province and region in China as well at least 25 other countries.
Several cities – including Wuhan, where the virus is thought to have originated – are under quarantine to try to mitigate the spread of disease. Shanghai is not one of those cities, though on Monday officials announced stricter controls over its citizens‘ movements and mandatory mask wearing.
Partial lockdown measures have been enforced in more than 80 cities in 20 provinces, according to the South China Morning Post.
Food prices in China last month rose by 20% year over year,according to the state news agency Xinhua, as people deal with life under lockdown.
According to Associated Press, food stocks in supermarkets are running low in cities under quarantine, though trucks with government permits are allowed to deliver food.
But many people are relying on online marketplaces, like the Chinese e-commerce giants JD.com and Alibaba Group, along with smaller-scale merchants, to deliver food and other essentials, according to the AP. Employees of those company have been given protective gear, including masks, goggles, and disinfectant, to make their rounds.
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