Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index (HSI) declined nearly 2.2%. The benchmark has lost more than 4% so far this week.Japan's Nikkei 225 (N225) slumped 1%, while South Korea's Kospi (KOSPI) decreased 0.9%.
China's coronavirus problem is getting worse. The death toll from the disease has jumped to 17. More than 500 people have been infected, mostly in mainland China, though the disease has spread as far as the United States. The World Health Organization could decide Thursday whether the spread of the virus constitutes "a public health emergency of international concern."