BENDIGO'S Golden Dragon Museum has welcomed state government moves to support Victoria's Chinese communities during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The Victorian government has announced a display of red and gold lights on iconic landmarks, and a trade delegation to China, to show solidarity with Chinese communities.
Museum chief executive Hugo Leschen said it was a time at which friends supported each other.
Mr Leschen said the museum fully supported the initiative to stand with the Chinese community and businesses affected by the virus and drop in visitation.
The COVID-19 virus has infected 74,204 people, and killed 2006, mostly in China.
AAP reports that regional tourism operators are scrambling to fill gaps in trade after an ongoing travel ban on Chinese visitors.
"Those businesses form an integral part of our economy," Mr Leschen said.
"In Bendigo the Chinese community itself has played a significant part of the ... regional economy and community."
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