The first death from the
coronavirus outside of China was reported on Sunday and the
Beijing government took steps to shore up an economy hit by
travel curbs and business shut-downs because of the epidemic.
China has taken steps to limit
short-selling activities as the country's financial markets
prepare to reopen on Monday amid an outbreak of a new
coronavirus, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter
The risk of further contraction
in the Hong Kong economy, which was buffeted by anti-government
protests last year, has increased due to the coronavirus
epidemic, Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Sunday.
The United States on Sunday
invited General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan's
sovereign council, to visit Washington, the council said,
highlighting warmer bilateral ties since the army toppled
President Omar al-Bashir last year.