China Extends New Year Holiday to Fight Coronavirus

China’s State Council announced on January 27 that the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival holiday will be extended to February 2 across the country; the holiday week was originally from January 24 to January 30.
Meanwhile, Shanghai has just announced that all enterprises/companies will remain closed till February 9. Similarly, Zhejiang Province (like Ningbo, Hangzhou) announced it is delaying return to work and school to February 9.
Guangdong Province (like Guangzhou, Shenzhen) also announced on January 28 evening that it will delay resumption of work and school to after February 9 and February 17-24, respectively. It’s expecting other provinces in China may extend further of their holiday.
The move to extend the New Year break has been expected as government and healthcare authorities double down on efforts to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak by restricting public movement and large gatherings.

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