Striking photo shows a wall of traders on an auction floor in China working with masks on amid spread of coronavirus

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Traders wearing face masks are seen on the trading floor at a flower auction trading centre following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, in Kunming, Yunnan province, China February 10, 2020.

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Traders at a flower auction in China were seen working while wearing masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, now officially called COVID-19, as the virus spreads throughout the country. 

The auction floor is in Kunming, Yunnan, a province in southern China that borders Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. The city is about 973 miles (1566 kilometers) from Wuhan, Hubei province, where the virus spread from. 

While the traders in the photo are still working, the virus has caused many in China to stay home — a recent photo from Shanghai showed eerily empty streets in the normally crowded city. Another photo showed a food-delivery worker in China carrying mounds of food for people staying at home during the outbreak. 

In January, China deployed drones around the country to scold residents for being outside of their homes. 

The virus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected more than 45,000 around the world, spreading to at least 25 countries outside of China. 

The US has recorded 13 cases in six states, from California to Washington to Massachussetts.

 

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