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China's industrial core at standstill as cities extend shutdown

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Jan. 27 visits the site of a new hospital being built to treat patients of a new coronavirus on the outskirts of Wuhan, one of China's major manufacturing hubs.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The coronavirus outbreak in China is hitting the country's manufacturing nerve centers, as measures including an unusual decision to extend the Lunar New Year holiday lengthen plant shutdowns in industrial centers.

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