Jamie Carr Columnist

The big question causing the world’s market leaders to scratch their heads at present is the coronavirus, whether it has the potential to become a global pandemic and what the impact on the economy is likely to be.

It’s got a long way to go before it gets onto the podium of historically significant epidemics such as the Plague of Justinian, which wiped out half the population of Europe; the Black Death, which accounted for a third of the population of Europe and the Middle East; or the Spanish Flu, which killed 50-million people at the end of World War 1.

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