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Say it with sanitizer: Beijing florist takes on COVID-19 for Valentine's Day

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEFeb. 13, 2020, 7:54 PM UTCBy ReutersIt's the eve of Valentine's Day and flower seller Cai Xiaoman is enclosing a special gift — a small bottle of hand sanitizer to ward off COVID-19, the new name for the coronavirus disease — as she sends out her last few bouquets to customers in Beijing.It has been a tough month for her. Sales are down 90 percent in the midst of an outbreak that has so far killed nearly 1,400 people in China. People are staying at home, leaving shopping malls empty.Wearing a face mask, Cai carefully sprays her hands with alcohol and puts on a pair of gloves before packaging her flowers ...
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