China’s Singles’ Day kicks off as COVID, real estate crisis bite | Business and Economy

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Beijing, China – For 33-year-old Li Bingwen, this year’s Singles’ Day promises to be a subdued affair. The office worker from Shanghai won’t be able to open any of the packages he ordered during the November 11 shopping event until he completes 14 days of quarantine.

While on a business trip, Li had to self-isolate in a hotel more than 400km away from his home after authorities detected a handful of COVID-19 cases in the surrounding province.

“I actually have a green health code and the result of my nucleic acid test is negative,” Li told Al Jazeera, expressing his frustration with the local government’s ultra-strict pandemic rules.

While Li doesn’t go in for the buying frenzies associated with many of his compatriots, he does plan to take advantage of the cut-price deals on offer.

“I would just buy annual gifts for friends or some football jerseys,” Li, who asked not to be referred to by his real name, said.

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