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Ghost Malls in China’s Once Teeming Megacities

Apple stores, Starbucks, casinos: see photos before and after the outbreak

 

Across China, thousands of stores have been shuttered, shopping malls are deserted and travel is heavily restricted in a dramatic effort to contain the novel coronavirus that has exploded into an epidemic in just a few weeks. Ripples from the health crisis are spreading far beyond the epicenter in the locked-down province of Hubei. Hundreds of miles away, once-busy megacities like Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong are now sights of desolated streets, empty subway cars and runs on toilet paper at supermarkets. And when Chinese consumers stay home, global brands from Nike Inc. to Starbucks Corp. are hit by the aftershocks. Take a look at pictures before and after the outbreak: