Many Chinese are praying for health and safety during the Lunar New Year holiday, as the death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rise. People around the country have been lighting candles, offering incense, and praying for health and protection from the virus. In Beijing, volunteers are distributing masks and disinfectant to people in the streets and public places.
The government has warned people to take precautions during the holiday, such as avoiding large gatherings and wearing masks when in public. Authorities have also implemented a range of restrictions, including travel bans and the closure of tourist sites.
The Lunar New Year is typically a time for celebration, but this year will be very different for many Chinese families. Those who are able to celebrate are focusing on health and safety, as the country continues to grapple with the deadly virus.