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Coronavirus risks dampening global growth: IMF chief

Supply chains starting to see fallout in manufacturing, warns Georgieva

Newly manufactured vehicles await export at a port in Yokohama.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The widening coronavirus outbreak is expected to dampen world economic growth at least briefly, the head of the International Monetary Fund warns.

The impact of the disease, "in the short term, is likely to bring some slowdown," IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told reporters here Friday. "In the long term, we don't know. We have to assess how quickly action is being taken to contain the spread of coronavirus and how effective this action is."

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