Coronavirus Puts Damper on Lunar New Year, China's Biggest Holiday

Coronavirus Puts Damper on Lunar New Year, China's Biggest Holiday

The Quint
A man wears a face mask as he walks past a display for the upcoming Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, in Beijing on 22 January.

Temples have locked their doors. The Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations are closed. Restaurant reservations are being cancelled.

A virus that has killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds more has all but shut down China's biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, which falls on Saturday.

Instead of family reunions or sightseeing trips, many of the country's 1.4-billion people are hunkering down as the nation scrambles to prevent the virus from spreading further.

"Have bought food and snacks.

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