Also making news: China’s premier Li Keqiang broke from tradition and did not announce an economic growth target.
There are still many virus prevention measures that deter people from traveling.
With masks, fever checks and health QR codes, there are signs that the coronavirus still poses a threat to daily life.
Most people in China are just getting paid wages for February and by law, employees are supposed to receive their regular salaries even when their companies were shut because of the coronavirus. Did they?
Our Shanghai correspondent, forced to stay home like so many others, shares what she's hearing about the virus on the airwaves.
Forgoing the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities means spending less money on partying and spending a lot of time indoors.
"Beijing is making it clear that well-behaved territories will get carrots and unruly territories are going to get sticks," one observer said.