Valentine’s Day flower trade wilts in China as businesses take hit from coronavirus outbreak squib

Florist Zhong Wenping is usually racing around at this time of year, preparing for Valentine’s Day. But this year her flower shop in Jingshan, a small city in central Hubei province, is quiet.Like many places in the province at the centre of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, the streets of Jingshan are empty. Wedding banquets and other events are on hold. The shops are shut, as are cinemas, karaoke bars, restaurants and even banks. Checkpoints and guard posts have been set up at the entrance to…
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