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China’s Uneven Reopening Shows Fear Might Hold Back Economies

Going back to work seems less scary than shopping or eating out.

Pedestrians wear protective face masks in a shopping area in Beijing on April 4.

Pedestrians wear protective face masks in a shopping area in Beijing on April 4.

Photographer: Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg

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How do you restart the global economy following a coronavirus-induced lockdown? China is the test case, and getting workers back to work is proving a lot easier than getting them to shop or patronize restaurants. On this week’s episode, Stephanie Flanders talks to Bloomberg Beijing bureau chief Sharon Chen about her recent visit to Wuhan, the starting point of the pandemic, and her subsequent 14-day quarantine when she returned home.