China police handle 274 cases of price gouging, hoarding during virus outbreak

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    This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows market supervision administers looking at foods in a supermarket as they monitor the price of commodities during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province. - The death toll in China from the coronavirus epidemic rose to 2,236 on February 21 after 118 more people died, most of them in the hard-hit epicentre province of Hubei, the government said. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

    BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s police authorities have handled 274 cases of illegal commercial practices such as price gouging and hoarding during the coronavirus outbreak, an official with China’s public security bureau told a briefing on Friday.

    Li Jingsheng, the director of the public security administration at the Ministry of Public Security, also said they have dealt with a total of 1,787 cases of illegal wildlife trafficking during the outbreak.

    China has temporarily banned all such wild animal trade, as the coronavirus is believed to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan.

    Read more : Reuters

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