efe-epaBy Víctor Escribano. Beijing

The outbreak of the coronavirus, which has seen economic activity in China almost grind to a halt, is expected to impact the Asian superpower far beyond the more visible business sectors and threaten the very foundations of what has made modern China such a global powerhouse.

Although the death toll has slowly but steadily risen over the course of the past month, the early signs are worrying: the price of oil has collapsed due to falling demand in China, steel supplies are double what they were a year ago due to the construction slowdown, and coal consumption in the country’s power plants has nearly halved. EFE-EPA