David McWilliams: The coronavirus loves shopping, hospitality and entertainment

China has put the economy to sleep. The US is trying to shake it awake – with limited success

Irish restaurants and hotels experience an upsurge in cancellations as fear spreads over coronavirus. Video: Enda O'Dowd

The loud woman at the bar of the French Roast on New York’s Upper West side is agitatedly telling her brunch partner, and (given her operatic volume), everyone else in the joint, how her business in China has stopped working.

“It’s gonna happen here too,” she admonishes. “We’re gonna have to shut the place down.”

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