The level of paranoia about a deadly virus outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan has increased considerably since the woman on the street approached me fearing for my safety.
Shanghai, while typically quiet during the Lunar New Year, usually picks up on the second day of the Chinese New Year when tourists and locals flood into the streets once the obligatory family reunion dinners are over.
With the Shanghai government taking the extraordinary decision to keep the city closed for another two weeks, most people here are preparing for a long disruption to their regular lives.
With Shanghai shut down for another two weeks, the only signs of life on the streets are dog walkers and bored-looking security guards, writes Michael Smith.
Hong Kong (CNN Business) - Major shops, restaurants and tourist destinations are shuttering their doors across China, as global businesses begin to feel the effects of the deadly Wuhan virus outbreak.
With over 57 million people in 15 cities across China on lockdown, the crisis is hitting the retail, travel and tourism industries particularly hard during the peak Lunar New Year season.
The Lunar New Year "is the single biggest economic event in China where last year there was upwards of $150 billion spent during the period, so the economic implications could be significant," he told CNN last week.
China's largest travel agency Trip.com, also known as CTrip, said last week that it would offer customers free cancellations on all hotels, car rental services and tickets for tourist attractions in Wuhan until January 31.