Letter From Shanghai

Being at the wrong place at the wrong time can mean quarantine

Camp781, a high-end camping equipment retail store in Shanghai that also doubles as a cafe. ST PHOTO: ELIZABETH LAW
Regular Covid testing is now a part of daily life in Shanghai, with testing booths sprouting up on every street corner. ST PHOTO: ELIZABETH LAW
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SHANGHAI - Sales assistant Chen Jingya can count on one hand the number of customers who wander into her shop in a day.

Working for a European retailer at the high-end iAPM mall in Shanghai, Ms Chen said that in the two weeks since shops were allowed to reopen on June 1, patrons have been few and far between. "I don't feel that worried because at least this way, I come into contact with fewer people, which lowers my chances of catching the virus," she said.

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