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Millions in China banish virus blues with online games, video apps – Source Reuters Tech News

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Online games and short video apps have been among the few beneficiaries of China’s virus outbreak, raking in millions of views and downloads as people stuck in self-quarantine at home seek entertainment and ways to beguile their time.

FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a mask checks her mobile phone in Shanghai, China January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

The shift has even drawn companies more used to doing business in showrooms, such as carmakers Tesla (TSLA.O) and Mercedes-Benz (DAIGn.DE), to promote products heavily online during the week.

Chinese travel and gather with family and friends during the traditional Lunar New Year holiday, but many postponed or canceled their plans over concerns sparked in mid-January about the spread of a new virus that has killed 420.

“I only use my mobile phone for three hours a day at work, but at least eight hours every day during the Spring Festival, because it’s so boring,” Lu Zhang, a junior high school…

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