SINGAPORE (Jan 24): Singapore’s stock market is expected to be rattled on Friday, after the Asian financial hub on Thursday evening announced its first confirmed case of the deadly Wuhan virus that has claimed the lives of at least 17 people in China.

According to China’s National Health Commission, at least 571 people in China have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus, which first appeared last month in Wuhan, the largest city in central China with a population of about 11 million.

Singapore is the latest country to be hit, following reports that the SARS-like virus had already spread to Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the US.

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