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Coronavirus gives China's teleworking apps a shot in the arm

Demand for Tencent and Alibaba services surges as numerous offices remain closed

Many offices across China remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, so workers are embracing remote-working solutions.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Though the extended Lunar New Year break ended on Monday last week, Zhao Chen has still not returned to the office. But that doesn't mean the Beijing-based venture capitalist isn't hard at work. Like many across China, he has simply moved his routine online to keep himself safe from the coronavirus.

"We are now spending half of our time on WeChat Work app," Zhao said, referring to Tencent Holdings' team communication and collaboration tool.

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