Coronavirus Closes China to the World, Straining Global Economy

Coronavirus Closes China to the World, Straining Global Economy
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Rarely has such an integral part of multinational industry and trade faced such an abrupt and open-ended freeze out

SHANGHAI—China’s isolation amid the coronavirus outbreak, a rare freeze out for such a vital economic center, is rippling across the world.

Uncertainty over the virus—which has infected more than 17,000 people— has disrupted world-wide trade and supply chains, depressed asset prices, and forced multinational businesses to make hard decisions with limited information.

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