As virus spreads, anxiety rises in China and overseas

Face masks are selling out and officials at airports and train stations are checking passengers for fevers as China seeks to control the outbreak of a new virus that has reached four other countries and territories and threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush. Anxiety is growing both at home and abroad after a Chinese government expert confirmed fears that the new type of coronavirus can spread from human to human. Six people have died and 291 have been infected in China. The stock prices of some companies that sell masks have risen, but markets fell in much of Asia as investors worried about the potential impact on tourism and the economy.