With China Under Quarantine, People Turn to Livestreams and Shopping

People are turning to videos of pet pigs and going out vicariously


As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, people in China are enduring what The New Yorker described as “the largest quarantine in human history”—and to cope, they’ve turned to livestreams and shopping.

According to Chinese ecommerce platform Alibaba, livestreaming has been crucial for allowing people to work remotely, but is also an important lifeline in other respects. Per Alibaba’s figures, even in early February, the number of livestreams on its Taobao Live platform had more than doubled from the same time last year.

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