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Coronavirus: It's back to work for China, but life's not back to normal

Tough measures in place as Beijing takes no chances; schools, most eateries remain shut

Chinese President Xi Jinping, with a face mask, visiting the centre for disease control and prevention in Beijing's Chaoyang district. He vowed to win the battle against the coronavirus with "more decisive measures".
Chinese President Xi Jinping, with a face mask, visiting the centre for disease control and prevention in Beijing's Chaoyang district. He vowed to win the battle against the coronavirus with "more decisive measures".PHOTO: XINHUA

As the extended Chinese New Year break came to an end, cautious Chinese workers went back to their offices and factories yesterday amid heightened checks at buildings and screenings at subway stations.

Life was hardly back to normal, as most shops, restaurants and cafes remained shut. Many companies took heed of the city authorities and ordered their employees to work from home. Schools also continued to be closed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2020, with the headline 'It's back to work for China, but life's not back to normal'. Subscribe