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Major financial indices suffered significant declines on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling more than 1,000 points by the close of trading due to reports of new coronavirus outbreaks outside China in Italy, Iran and South Korea.
“We remain concerned about the increasing signs of transmission outside China, and we are calling on all countries to invest urgently in preparedness for the arrival of cases, and to prioritize the protection of health workers [and] individuals at risk, and to communicate better the risks of transmission to their people,” a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) said.