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Love in the time of coronavirus: A quiet Valentine s Day in China

Beijing: It was supposed to be a whirlwind tour of China for Jiang Lanyi s boyfriend: classical gardens in Suzhou, modern art in Shanghai, ice-skating in central Beijing. Instead, the 24-year-old and her Ukrainian partner have spent more than two weeks holed up in her parents house in northeast Liaoning province to avoid the new coronavirus. Couples around China settled for a quiet Valentine s Day this year, with COVID-19 intruding as an unwelcome third-wheel in romantic celebrations. The new disease has infected nearly 64,000 people and killed more than 1,350 in China, triggering transport restrictions, restaurant shutdowns, and the closure of major tourist sites. Businesses around the...


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