A worker in a protective suit is seen at the closed seafood market in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 10, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo CHINA OUT
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Tianlei Huang (PIIE)

Barely a month after the first case of the deadly coronavirus surfaced in the city of Wuhan in central China, the spreading deaths and illnesses have confronted the Chinese leadership with the country's biggest public health crisis in nearly two decades. Adding to the tragic human toll of 17 deaths to date and hundreds infected, the health crisis is certain to take a toll on China's slowing economy, accompanied by losses already recorded in Chinese stock markets.

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