The Manc - Trade drops 60% at Chinese restaurant in Manchester since coronavirus outbreak"

Trade drops 60% at Chinese restaurant in Manchester since coronavirus outbreak

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Chinese restaurants in Manchester are losing customers as the coronavirus has spread throughout the world. 

Manchester Chinese, which opened in summer 2019, has claimed their takings are 60% less than they expected after Chinese New Year - ordinarily the busiest time of year for many Chinatown businesses.

But owners William and Flora Lau told BBC Radio Manchester their income had suffered due to "fear" in the city.

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The entrepreneurs also said they believed the frequent use of facemasks is unnerving people and urged the public to continue visiting Chinatown.

Chinese business owners all over the UK are taking a big hit due to the pandemic, and one Manchester University student has claimed the situation has "put a spotlight" on racism against Asians.

Fears surrounding the deadly disease have increased this morning after the UK government declared coronavirus to be a 'serious and imminent threat' to public health.

More than 900 people have now been killed, with hundreds currently infected worldwide.

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