New normal in virus-hit China: High-tech tracking and fever checks


Passengers wearing facemasks board a train at Lu’an railway station on March 4, 2020. Travellers booking tickets aboard the country's efficient high-speed rail network lately are surprised to find that, despite travel being depressed by virus fears, popular booking apps like Ctrip invariably list most trains as 'sold out' or with only a handful of seats left. — AFP

WENZHOU, China: Constant temperature checks, a "no mask, no service" ethos, and high-tech people-tracking: welcome to the new normal in China, where reminders of the country's national mobilisation against the coronavirus lurk around every corner.

China appears to be coming to grips with the virus, which emerged late last year and has infected more than 80,000 people and killed nearly 3,000 in the country, but has slowed markedly in recent weeks.

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