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Coronavirus live updates: stock markets plunge on global recession fears – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Coronavirus live updates: stock markets plunge on global recession fears – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Still in Australia, where Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is addressing the media. Asked about the concerns casual workers have over disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, he says:

I’m very conscious that Australians in employment, be it casual or permanent, will be concerned about their job security. This is obviously an issue that will be raised at tomorrow’s meeting between the Minister for Industrial Relations and the peak employee and employer groups. Our focus is on getting a cooperative workplace. Our focus is ensuring that businesses are flexible, given the stresses and the strains that we will see as a result of the spread of the coronavirus.

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The ASX – is now down 5.8%.

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Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg says, “Australia is well prepared, economically, and we go into this challenge from a position of strength.”

Asked about today’s ASX tumble, Frydenberg says, “

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Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the economic impact of Coronavirus is “very significant”.

We’ve seen disruptions to international supply chains. We’ve seen a hit on particular sectors, including the tourism sector, agriculture sector, seafood sector and education sector. We’ve already seen the Reserve Bank adjust interest rates downwards and the major banks pass those rate cuts on in full.

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Still in Australia for the moment, the ABC’s state political reporter in Perth Jacob Kagi said in a tweet that the fifth case in Western Australia contracted the virus from her husband, who had recently returned from Iran.

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Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos. Photograph: James Ross / AAP In Australia, “as far as prioritizing our testing capacity in coming weeks, the state government will be prioritizing testing for health care workers,” says health minister Jenny Mikakos

Victorian health minister

“Look, I needed to stress – and I will continue the stress the fact – we need to be alive to the facts. This is a public health emergency of an unprecedented nature that our nation and that the entire global community is facing. ”

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In Australia, Victoria health minister

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In Australia, Victoria health minister

She responds by thanking all health care workers for their work.

“We will not make any apology for the fact that we will always prioritize public health,” she adds.

There are three additional cases today in Victoria.

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Victoria health minister Jenny Mikakos

She is issuing a reminder to health care practitioners to not come to work if they are showing any symptoms and to stay away until those symptoms have completely gone away.

In Australia, Victoria health minister

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(Stocks fall in Japan, South Korea)

Martin Farrer

The trading day is under way in Japan and South Korea and it’s more of the same with the Nikkei down 4.5% as signalled by the futures market earlier. In Seoul, the Kospi index has lost 3%.

US government bond yields have also sunk to new lows this morning, a sign of negative negative outlook on the global economy as investors take money out of risky assets such as shares and commodities (oil, for example) and put it into rock solid investments with a guaranteed return. Others safe havens such as the Japanese yen and gold have also risen in value.

David Ingles (@ DavidInglesTV) Martin Farrer BOOM. US (YY plunges to 0.) % at the open in Japan

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March 9,

The benchmark US treasury – – year bond yield (basically the interest rate paid on government bonds) has fallen to 0. % in trade in Japan this morning.

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