Travel in and out of China, and inside it, has been restricted to contain the spread of the coronavirus, causing logistical problems for companies [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Shenzhen, China – For Eppu Makipaa, some quick thinking in late January as a new coronavirus swept through China and many other countries helped avert a significant disruption at the company he works for.

Makipaa – a sales engineer and manager at Lifa Air International, a Finnish company that makes air purifiers and protective masks in a factory with 3,000 workers in Dongguan in southern China – opted to keep manufacturing operations going even as most Chinese companies shut down for the Lunar New Year holiday that started on January 25. 

“We decided to keep our factory

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