Global businesses operating in China are closing stores, scaling back operations and restricting travel as the Chinese government races to control the coronavirus that has now infected more people than severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, did nearly two decades ago.

In just a few weeks, the fast-spreading virus—which is believed to have originated at an animal and seafood market in Wuhan heading into the Lunar New Year holiday—has killed more than 130 people and infected more than 6,000, with 5,974 of the cases in mainland…

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