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Coronavirus

From K-pop to cars, coronavirus hits South Korea business

Travel ban spat with Japan is latest blow to economic activity

In better times: Fans of South Korean K-Pop group Super Junior attend a concert in Shanghai.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- The morning commute into Seoul from the nearby suburb of Ilsan used to take as long as an hour and a half by car. Now the trip can be made in about 30 minutes.

Empty roads are just one sign of how severely the coronavirus crisis disrupting business -- and everyday life -- in the country.

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