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Chinese markets plunge as rising coronavirus death toll fuels fears

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEFeb. 3, 2020, 7:02 AM UTCBy ReutersBEIJING/SHANGHAI - Chinese stock and commodity markets fell heavily on Monday as the death toll from a coronavirus epidemic in China rose to 361 and investors retreated into safe-haven assets in the first trading session after an extended Lunar New Year break.Markets plunged at the open in their first session since Jan. 23, when the outbreak of the newly identified virus had claimed only 17 lives in Wuhan city, the epicenter of the outbreak, in Hubei province.Since then, the flu-like virus has been declared a global emergency and spread to more than two dozen other countri ...