China stocks crash on virus fears after long market break

A men wearing a mask walk at the Shanghai Stock Exchange building at the Pudong financial district

Coronavirus Update: 9 cases in US, Hubei province reports 56 new coronavirus deaths

Also, six officials in the city of Huanggang, next to Wuhan in Hubei province, were fired over "poor performance" in handling the outbreak, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

China would continue to take a "responsible attitude" towards its people's health, rigorously implement control measures and work to halt the spread of the virus, he said.

When a health crisis like the Novel Coronavirus emerges, it pays to be informed.

The number of deaths in China has now passed the total Chinese toll from the 2002-03 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), another coronavirus that emerged from China and killed nearly 800 people around the world.

At least another 171 cases have been reported in more than two dozen other countries and regions, including the US, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Britain.

Coronavirus Update: 9 cases in US, Hubei province reports 56 new coronavirus deaths

Germany's health minister has said the country is well equipped for an outbreak. Hong Kong has 15 confirmed cases of the virus.

The US evacuated 195 Americans, who are under a 14-day quarantine on an air force base in California.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak an worldwide emergency. Scientists suspect the latest outbreak began at a seafood market in Wuhan where wild animals were on sale and in contact with people.

All major cities in Hubei province, with 62 million people, are now under lockdown.

Ten days after locking down Wuhan, authorities on Sunday announced similar draconian curbs on people movement in Wenzhou, 800 kilometres away. Golikova said there are now around 130 Russian nationals in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

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Despite its own drastic travel restrictions, China has chafed at those imposed by foreign governments, criticizing Washington's order barring entry to most non-citizens who visited China in the past two weeks.

She denied the move was due to pressure from the protesters, who threatened a five-day demonstration to demand all borders to the mainland are closed.

Mr Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, in a separate interview, said China had been more open about the coronavirus than it has been in previous crises but had not yet accepted USA offers of assistance.

There were 2,103 new confirmed cases in hardest-hit Hubei province on Monday, bringing the total infected to more than 16,480.

A hospital specially built to handle coronavirus patients in Wuhan is expected to open on Monday, just 10 days after construction began.

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Over the weekend, the bank said it will inject 1.2 trillion yuan ($174 billion) worth of liquidity into the markets via reverse repo operations on Monday, Reuters reported.

These were the details of the news China says U.S. reaction to virus spreads "panic" for this day. They were scheduled to reopen on Friday but the government extended the holiday to help deal with the virus.

Authorities sent more than 8,000 medical workers to Hubei to combat the outbreak.

Some meal deliveries in Shanghai and Beijing have started to arrive with a note showing the temperatures of the workers that prepared, packaged and delivered the food - to reassure customers they are not sick - according to residents and social media postings.

Returning travellers were being checked and registered at residential compounds, while fever checks were in place in subway stations, offices and cafes. The coronavirus outbreak in China has not only taken a toll on human life, but also on the economy.

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"I wish we were informed as soon as they found out, then I could have worn a mask or washed hands more carefully", the passenger said.

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