People wearing masks on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, Jan. 25. Photo: Dale de la Rey/AFP via Getty Images

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 450 points Monday, as worries about the coronavirus rattled U.S. markets.

Why it matters: The coronavirus could drastically affect markets if consumers refrain from travel. Companies that rely on tourism including airlines and resorts were hit especially hard Monday. The sell-off marked the Dow's first five-day losing streak since August, AP reports. It was also the S&P 500's worst day since October.

  • Most Asian markets were closed for the Lunar New Year, but Japan's Nikkei dropped by 2.03%.
  • Traders retreated to gold and bonds for safer holdings.

The big picture: Over 2,800 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in China while dozens of cases have appeared elsewhere. The U.S. has five confirmed cases according to the latest Centers for Disease Control data. Multiple areas of China are limiting travel to contain the outbreak.

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Texas and Louisiana face fresh flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta slowly approaching the Texas coast on Monday. Photo: National Weather Service/Twitter

Tropical Storm Beta was dumping heavy rains over Texas as it churned its way inland overnight, bringing the risk of "life-threatening storm surge" and flooding to parts of the state and Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

What's happening: The slow-moving storm was causing coastal flooding along areas including the bays near Houston and Galveston in Texas Monday, per the National Weather Service. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a disaster declaration and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 31,328,238 — Total deaths: 964,839— Total recoveries: 21,503,496Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 6,857,967 — Total deaths: 199,884 — Total recoveries: 2,615,949 — Total tests: 95,841,281Map.
  3. Health: CDC says it mistakenly published guidance about COVID-19 spreading through air.
  4. Media: Conservative blogger who spread COVID-19 misinformation worked for Fauci's agency.
  5. Politics: House Democrats file legislation to fund government through Dec. 11.
  6. World: U.K. upgrades COVID alert level as Europe sees worrying rise in infections — "The Wake-Up Call" warns the West about the consequences of mishandling a pandemic.

Louisville police declare state of emergency as Breonna Taylor decision looms

A demonstrator holds up a sign of Breonna Taylor during a protest in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Louisville police chief declared in a memo obtained by news outlets a "state of emergency" for the department on Monday to prepare for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's expected announcement on the Breonna Taylor case.

Of note: Louisville has witnessed more than 115 days of protests over the police killing of Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, with calls for all the officers involved to be charged.

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