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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-03-20 16:42

A trader monitors stock transactions at the New York Stock Exchange on March 9. [Photo/Agencies]

>NYSE to close its trading floor

Wall Street sank in another volatile session on Wednesday, with the Dow falling to a three-year low, while the New York Stock Exchange plans to close its trading floor in lower Manhattan and move to all-electronic trading beginning Monday after two people tested positive for COVID-19.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased 1,338.46 points, or 6.3%, to 19,898.92, marking its first close below 20,000 since February 2017.

The S&P 500 fell more than 5% to close at 2,398.1, its lowest level since December 2018.

The Nasdaq Composite Index pulled back 344.94 points, or 4.7%, to 6,989.84.

The major averages wiped out most of the gains since US President Donald Trump's inauguration.

The S&P 500 tumbled 7% in the early afternoon, triggering a key circuit breaker that halted trading for 15 minutes.

It was the second time this week that the circuit breaker had been tipped and the fourth time in 10 days.


People line up at the Delta Air Lines ticketing desk inside Terminal 2E at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, after the US banned travel from Europe, as France grapples with an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), March 12, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>EU seals borders to outsiders

The European Union (EU) will ban travelers from outside the bloc for 30 days in an unprecedented move to seal its borders amid the coronavirus crisis.

The measure is expected to apply to 26 EU states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. UK citizens will be unaffected.

The travel ban will affect all non-EU nationals from visiting the bloc, except long-term residents, family members of EU nationals and diplomats, cross-border and healthcare workers, and people transporting goods.

Meanwhile, the Euro 2020 football competition has been postponed by a year.

The virus has infected more than 200,000 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.


Test tube with Corona virus name label is seen in this illustration taken on Jan 29, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Blood type A 'more vulnerable'

People with Type A blood are significantly more likely to catch coronavirus than those with Type O, Chinese academics have found.

The study in Wuhan also found those with Type A blood are more likely to die from COVID-19.

In the general population Type O blood (34%) is more common than A (32%).

However, among COVID-19 patients, people with Type O accounted for just 25%, whereas Type A made up 41%.

People with Type O blood made up a quarter (25%) of deaths in the research.

Normally, Type O people make up 32% of people in Wuhan.

The controversial correlation has yet to be scrutinized by other academics in peer review and the researchers are unable to explain why infection varies by blood type.


A visitor poses for photos at the Shenyang Palace Museum in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's Liaoning province, March 17, 2020.  [Photo/Xinhua]

>Domestic tourism reopens

Domestic attractions and museums started to reopen to the public with strict measures taken to prevent novel coronavirus infection, a senior official said at a news conference of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council on Wednesday.

There are 3,714 attractions in 28 provinces and regions that have reopened to travelers as of Monday, accounting for about 30% of the total, said Gao Zheng, director of industry development at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

He said these attractions are mainly mountains and parks, and there are no abnormal cases reported at these scenic spots since their reopening.

"As to museums, as of Sunday 180 museums on the mainland have resumed operation in 19 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities like Shaanxi, Sichuan and Shanghai," he said.

"Travelers are required to make reservations online and get digital interpretation to reduce the infection risk of mass gatherings."


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