In South Korea, coronavirus anxiety keeps wary shoppers at home

In South Korea, an eerie silence has fallen over the country’s most famous Chinatowns in Incheon City, west of Seoul, as customers stayed away in their droves over fears they might catch the novel coronavirus.

Deserted pavements and empty shops turned the otherwise bustling district into something like a ghost town, with several restaurants’ front doors plastered with notices announcing “temporarily closed”.

Zealous public hygiene efforts and the imposition of restrictions on travellers from…

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