New virus mutes Lunar New Year mood in Asia

Sun Online Desk

25th January, 2020 03:47:36 printer

New virus mutes Lunar New Year mood in Asia


A new virus that started in China and is popping up around Asia hung over the first day of the Year of the Rat in much of the region, reports AP.

Lunar New Year festivities were canceled across mainland China on Saturday and scaled back in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong.

The new coronavirus — from a family of viruses that also caused the deadly SARS epidemic in 2002-03 — didn't stop everyone from going to temples, but many wore face masks as protection.


Many people stayed home with temples, major tourist sites and movie theaters all shuttered as authorities sought to limit the spread of the virus.

Hong Kong

Crowds lined up just before midnight on New Year's Eve to leave lighted incense sticks and offer prayers at the Wong Tai Sin temple.