People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, aboard which around 3,600 people are quarantined due to fears of the new coronavirus, in Yokohama port. Photo: AFP
People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, aboard which around 3,600 people are quarantined due to fears of the new coronavirus, in Yokohama port. Photo: AFP
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Panic buying, mistrust and economic woes as Japan reels from coronavirus outbreak

  • The country now has 163 confirmed cases of the virus, the highest total outside mainland China
  • While authorities are urging calm amid rumours spreading on social media, fears of the virus are increasingly impacting daily life

People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, aboard which around 3,600 people are quarantined due to fears of the new coronavirus, in Yokohama port. Photo: AFP
People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, aboard which around 3,600 people are quarantined due to fears of the new coronavirus, in Yokohama port. Photo: AFP
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