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How the coronavirus shut down my home city in China

A Nikkei reporter tells her personal tale of family in the time of an epidemic

Workers visit a quarantined family in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on Feb. 3. The city of nine million people has come to a standstill because of the coronavirus, despite being more than 1,000 kilometers from the epicenter of Wuhan.    © EPA/ Jiji

HONG KONG -- My dad looked disappointed when I arrived back from Hong Kong to spend the Lunar New Year holidays with family in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao.

This year, my suitcase wasn't packed with chocolates, fine wines and premium Chungwha cigarettes. In their place were dozens of N95 masks and vitamin C supplements.

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