Photo shows an extraordinarily overloaded Chinese worker delivering massive amounts of food because no one wants to go outside and risk catching coronavirus
Zhu Weihui/The Paper (Pengpai News)
- A striking photo captured by a Chinese photographer shows the struggle of living under fear of contracting the coronavirus in China.
- As of Tuesday, the virus has killed at least 1,100 people and infected nearly 45,000. It has spread to every province and region in China as well at least 25 other countries.
- The image, captured by Zhu Weihui of The Paper, shows a food delivery man overwhelmed with bags as he makes his rounds in Shanghai.
- According to the Associated Press, many people are relying on online marketplaces, like Chinese e-commerce giants JD.com and Alibaba Group, along with smaller-scale merchants, to deliver food and other essentials.
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A striking image captured by a Chinese photographer shows an overloaded delivery man in Shainghai, China, amid panic over the coronavirus spread.
The image was captured by Zhu Weihui, a photographer for The Paper, the sister publication of the English-language Sixth Tone, on February 9. The unnamed man was delivering food and groceries in Shanghai, as residents rely on delivery companies to bring them goods in order to avoid shopping in crowded supermarkets during the coronavirus outbreak.
As of Tuesday, the virus,now officially known as COVID-19, has killed at least 1,100 people and infected nearly 45,000. It has spread to every province and region in China as well at least 25 other countries.
Several cities - including Wuhan, where the virus is thought to have originated from - are under quarantine in order to mitigate the spread of disease. Shanghai is not one of those cities, though on Monday officials announced stricter controls over its citizens' movements and mandatory mask wearing.
Partial lockdown measures have been enforced in over 80 cities in 20 provinces, according to South China Morning Post.
Food prices in China rose by 20% year on year last month, according to state news agency Xinhua, as people deal with life under lockdown.
According to Associated Press, food stocks in supermarkets are running low in cities under quarantine, though trucks with government permits are allowed to deliver food.
But many people are relying on online marketplaces, like Chinese e-commerce giants JD.com and Alibaba Group, along with smaller-scale merchants, to deliver food and other essentials, according to the AP. Employees of those company have been given protective gear, including masks, goggles, and disinfectant, in order to make their rounds.