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Asia businesses brace for virus amid China New Year exodus

SARS memories hit markets and spur Foxconn, airlines and hotels into action

A Chinese tourist wears a mask as he arrives at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport on Jan. 22.   © Reuters

TOKYO/KUALA LUMPUR -- When Japan's Prince Hotels ordered its front desks to put up warnings for guests on Wednesday, it joined a host of Asian companies bracing for the impact of a new coronavirus from the Chinese city of Wuhan that is breaking out amid one of China's busiest travel seasons -- with some fearing it could even affect Tokyo's Summer Olympics.

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