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German gives thanks with meatballs

Some front-line public health workers in the Bibo Road neighborhood in the Pudong New Area recently received meatballs from German resident Lothar Sysk and his Chinese wife in appreciation of their hard work during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Sysk told Shanghai Daily that he was deeply impressed by China’s medical professionals, community workers and other people working during this special period to ensure the safety of local residents.

Sysk is a chief representative for the Shanghai office of German company VdS. His wife is a native of Wuhan City, the city badly hit by the novel coronavirus in Hubei Province.

They had planned to go to Wuhan for a family reunion during the Spring Festival, but relatives in Wuhan who are medical professionals told them not to come.

“I was very moved by what other people have done, so I talked to my wife about what we can do,” he said.

Sysk spent almost five hours cooking almost 100 meatballs and distributed them to community management and supermarket staff with small notes to thank them for their efforts.

He and his wife also worked as volunteers to check residents’ temperature when they enter the compound to make sure they didn’t have fever.

Sysk first came to Shanghai in 2001 and began living in the city permanently in 2007.

“I love this city very much,” he said.

“It gives me a place for living, work and family.”


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