SINGAPORE (Feb 7): There is growing alarm over the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), whose first confirmed case was reported in China's Wuhan city. The population of infected patients continues to grow as more evidence of community spread outside China emerges. Officials across the world are reacting with radical measures including banning travellers from China from entering their countries. Worried ordinary folks are donning face masks and, to avoid crowded areas, are cutting back on shopping and entertainment. As concerns that global economic growth could falter widen, commodity prices have corrected and financial markets have swooned.

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