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Caixin

Lights go on, but no one goes to work

How local governments are faking recovery from the coronavirus

Employees on an assembly line in Shanghai on Feb. 24: Not all companies are faking it, but many still fear spreading the deadly virus if they ask staff to get back to work.   © Reuters

Local companies and officials are fraudulently boosting electricity consumption and other metrics in order to meet tough new back-to-work targets as the spread of the new coronavirus in China wanes, a Caixin investigation has found.

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