Food delivery disrupted as China stays home

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A Meituan delivery guy picks up vegetables at the local market on Feb 4, 2020. (Image credit: TechNode/ Shi Jiayi)

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in In focus/Meituan, TechNode’s biweekly newsletter on the O2O services company. TechNode members get access to the most detailed coverage of the new tech giant available anywhere in English—sign up here to join.

This article was co-authored by Emma Lee.

Over the past month, China has been battling the spread of a lethal strain of novel Covid-19. As of this writing, the outbreak has claimed more than 1,000 lives in China and infected over 37,000 individuals—rendering it more deadly than the 2003 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, according to the latest figures released by Chinese officials.

The epidemic has severely affected almost all businesses in China, and the food delivery sector is no exception.

Now Meituan a

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