Having infected 17,000 people in some 25 nations, China’s ongoing corona virus outbreak is “almost certainly” becoming a global pandemic, top infectious disease experts believe. More than 360 people have died, including one outside of China, in the Philippines. In Thailand, health authorities are optimistic about an antiviral cocktail including two HIV drugs and Tamiflu, which they say has successfully knocked out the contagion in one seriously ill patient.
What are the economic impacts?
Chinese markets saw their worst drop since 2015, with the Shenzhen stock index falling 8.4 percent after nervous investors returned from a Chinese New Year break.