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On Monday, the South Africa’s rand firmed back to below the key 15.00 per dollar mark, which is mostly on profit-taking and month-end positioning after a sustaining a steep slide triggered by the Wuhan coronavirus shaking the world, Reuters reveals.

At 0700 GMT the rand was 0.43 per cent firmer at 14.9650 per dollar, having ended at 15.0300 on Friday. The coronavirus dragged the currency to its weakest level in three months—traded at 14.4800 last Monday, which was 0.59 per cent lower than its New York Close on Friday, January 24.

Reuters reported that investors concerned about the spread of the coronavirus wiped more than $400 billion off the value of China’s stocks in the first trading session in two weeks after an extended Lunar New Year break as the death toll from the epidemic rose to 361.

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The rand has tumbled…