Hebei Province, Northern China

Closed-off cities have 'sufficient' supplies of fresh products

The cities of Shijiazhuang, Xingtai and Langfang in North China's Hebei Province will be under closed-off management, officials from Hebei Province said at a press conference on Tuesday. The areas are closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, after 326 cases were discovered in the province since the start of January.

Still, supermarkets, e-commerce platforms and suppliers said that supplies of fresh foods in Hebei are sufficient for residents, while online orders and delivery services are going as normal in locked-down cities.

Physical operations of stores and supermarkets in Shijiazhuang have been suspended. Online orders and non-contact distribution will be adopted to ensure supplies for residents. Currently, 59 supermarkets and 51 online platforms have promised to provide fresh foods and services.

A salesperson at a branch of Yonghui Superstores in Gu'an, Langfang, told the Global Times on Tuesday that supplies of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and milk are sufficient.

Staff of Alibaba LST, Alibaba's B2B platform providing logistics and marketing services to retail stores, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the company responded to government requirements to especially open business-to-consumer services to local residents.

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