"Homebody economy" gains steam amid epidemic

Added On February 13, 2020

As people are suggested to stay at home amid the novel coronavirus epidemic in China, the "homebody economy" is reaching a wider population across the country.
From on-demand streaming services, food delivery to online education and gaming apps, homebody economy in China is gaining steam amid the epidemic.
JD Fresh, the fresh food arm of Chinese e-commerce giant JD, saw orders rising 215 percent year on year in the first nine days of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Another fresh food delivery app Missfresh has seen its orders surge by 300 percent year on year during the epidemic outbreak.
Online teaching are also seeing users surge as schools across China are required to delay the opening date.
Many education agencies have rolled out free online courses. Among them is Xueersi, which said it has seen an average of over 2 million vierwers at each class since Feburary 1.
Hospitals in Shandong and Zhejiang have opened online clinic services.
China's online platforms including Alibaba and JD.com have also launched free consultation services, where thousands of doctors nationwide are providing medical services.