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Coronavirus epidemic breaks at the worst time for the Chinese.
China's capital, Beijing has canceled all major festivities for the Lunar New Year, in efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
"In order to contain the epidemic, protect people's lives and health, reduce the mass gathering and ensure people to have a harmonious and peaceful Spring Festival, it is decided to cancel all large-scale events, including temple fairs, in Beijing as of today," said the statement from Beijing Culture and Tourism Bureau.
The agency also encourages its citizens to strengthen the prevention against the coronavirus, which has now over 800 cases and 25 fatalities.
Meanwhile, Macau has also scrapped its New Year plans, after the second case of coronavirus was confirmed.
Macau's tourism board canceled its firework show and parade, as the city's Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng advised the citizens to not go out unless necessary.
Lunar New Year is an important holiday for the Chinese, as millions travel to celebrate with their families. This year, the festival begins on January 25 and ends February 8.