A muted Chinese New Year in the region

A person walks through the near-empty Yuyuan Bazaar ahead of Lunar New Year in Shanghai, on Jan 27, 2021. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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The Covid-19 pandemic has put a dampener on Chinese New Year (CNY) festivities all over East and South-east Asia.

To curb the spread of the coronavirus, governments across the region have restricted inter-district travel, cancelled or postponed market fairs, and stepped up quarantine requirements for incoming residents and travellers.

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