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2020-02-11 13:04:09

More than two weeks after the Shanghai government decided to extend the Lunar New Year holiday, the city is ushering people back to the offices on its first official working day.

Sixth Tone’s sister publication, The Paper, reported that Shanghai’s metro and the bus system had 1.45 million and 0.97 million visits yesterday, respectively, both of which were less than 20% of their workday traffic before the epidemic.

On West Nanjing Road, one of the main business areas in Shanghai, most of the stores have reopened, still attracting scant customers.

Given the city’s highest-level emergency response to the novel coronavirus, several employees continue to work remotely, and the rest greet each other behind face masks. Sixth Tone took a closer look as the city began to come back to life.

Passengers wear face masks on the subway in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. People have had to wear masks when entering subway stations since Feb. 5, according to the Shanghai Metro. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Passengers wear face masks on the subway in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. People have had to wear masks when entering subway stations since Feb. 5, according to the Shanghai Metro. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A woman wears a helmet outside her face mask on the subway in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

A woman wears a helmet outside her face mask on the subway in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

A man wears disposable gloves on the subway in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A man wears disposable gloves on the subway in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Staff members of the Shanghai Metro meet in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

Staff members of the Shanghai Metro meet in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

People wear face masks in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

People wear face masks in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

Patients line up to enter a hospital in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

Patients line up to enter a hospital in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

A man sits by the road after a slight traffic incident involving two scooters in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

A man sits by the road after a slight traffic incident involving two scooters in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

Locals queue at a restaurant in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

Locals queue at a restaurant in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Shi Yangkun/Sixth Tone

People eat outdoors, as indoor dining has been barred in most of the restaurants during the epidemic period, in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

People eat outdoors, as indoor dining has been barred in most of the restaurants during the epidemic period, in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A woman walks along Lujiazui, in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A woman walks along Lujiazui, in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A spherical display shows a video encouraging people to properly wear face masks in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A spherical display shows a video encouraging people to properly wear face masks in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A night view of busy roads in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A night view of busy roads in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A police officer directs traffic in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A police officer directs traffic in Shanghai, Feb. 10, 2020. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Editor: Hannah Lund.