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Coronavirus toll mounting

The number of deaths inside China attributed to the new coronavirus is now on course to exceed those from SARS by early next week. The measures taken by the government and the public to limit transmission are having a significant economic impact. Passenger numbers were sharply weaker over the Lunar New Year, usually a peak period for tourism. Many businesses have been told to stay closed indefinitely. More positively, there is no sign in the data of sharp price rises that might accompany stockpiling or disruptions to supply. This Chart Book contains a special additional section on the coronavirus outbreak.

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