Saudi Arabia has banned citizens from performing the pilgrimage to Mecca and Germany has blocked the export of medical protective gear, as China reported a fall in new cases for a third day.
Asian stocks tracked another overnight plunge in Wall Street's benchmarks with the markets in China, Japan and South Korea all posting heavy losses.
Stocks are slipping in early trading on Wall Street as traders hold back ahead of an interest rate announcement from the Federal Reserve.
Equities fell in Asia as investors took a step back after recent gains, with the focus now turning to a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell at the end of the week.
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