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Europe: Shares slide on fears of second coronavirus wave

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[BENGALURU] European shares tumbled on Monday as concerns of a second wave of coronavirus infections grew with Beijing reporting a record number of new cases, while underwhelming economic data from China also weighed on sentiment.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 fell 2.4 per cent, slipping further from its 5.7 per cent fall last week, with the exporter-heavy German index leading declines.

Global stock markets also began the week on a glum note as the recent outbreak in Beijing, which has been traced to a wholesale food market, revived fears of the economic damage from the health crisis.

Among stocks, BP slid 5 per cent as it said it would incur an up to US$17.5 billion writedown in the value of its assets after lowering its long-term oil and gas price outlook in expectation of an accelerated transition away from fossil fuels. 

REUTERS

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