The mainland Chinese markets are shut on Friday for the Lunar New Year holiday and will resume trading on January 31 now, a break that might prove to be the only respite for stocks amid a growing coronavirus outbreak. The numbers are rising – 25 dead, but 679 cases of infection and eight cities under lockdown – but the outbreak has not yet been classified as a global health emergency by the WHO. The Hong Kong market, which fell below the psychologically important support level of 28,000 points on Thursday, will trade for half a day on Friday, and is expected to open lower. If you would like the Live Stocks Blog emailed to you each morning, click here . – Kathleen Magramo and Azar Zaidi in Hong Kong Note: Information in this blog is on an "as is" basis and not a solicitation or offer to buy or sell any securities or otherwise; and is not investment/professional advice or services in this regard. It is subject to our T&C. SCMP (as defined in T&C ) shall not be liable for any loss, damage and costs relating to any investments in securities or otherwise in this connection.