Corona pandemic: Antipyretics are sold out in pharmacies. Rumors say half of Beijing is already infected. But the Chinese remain calm

A printed A4 note hangs on the front door of a pharmacy in Shanghai's old French colonial district.

Corona pandemic: Antipyretics are sold out in pharmacies. Rumors say half of Beijing is already infected. But the Chinese remain calm

A printed A4 note hangs on the front door of a pharmacy in Shanghai's old French colonial district. "Only small amounts of cough relievers and anti-inflammatories in stock," it says. "Fever-reducing drugs, cold preparations, antigen tests, vitamin C, etc. are completely sold out." Despite the warning, a customer sticks his head in the door every five minutes and wants to know if there really is nothing left. The saleswomen then just nod silently – there really isn’t anything left. "It's been like this for days," says one, shaking her head.

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