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Tokyo: Stocks close lower as virus worries linger

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Tokyo stocks closed lower Monday on worries over the spread of the new coronavirus in the country and the economy's worst quarterly contraction in more than five years.

[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks closed lower Monday on worries over the spread of the new coronavirus in the country and the economy's worst quarterly contraction in more than five years.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.69 per cent, or 164.35 points, to end at 23,523.24, while the broader Topix index was down 0.89 per cent, or 15.10 points, to 1,687.77.

AFP