BREAKING: Asian Stocks Fall As New Virus Fears Grow

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Shares in Asia have fallen as worries grow about a new virus that has so far killed four people, after authorities confirmed it can spread through human contact.

China’s Shanghai Composite closed 1.4% lower, while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell by 2.6%. Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended the day down by 0.9%.

As shares fall in Asia, the FTSE 100 index has opened lower in London. In the first few minutes of trade the index is down 72.71 points, nearly 1%, at 7,578.73.

The FTSE 250 index is 168.96 points lower at 21,678.08.

EasyJet shares are up 2% after it upgraded its revenue growth forecast.

Dixons Carphone is up 4% after it reported strong sales of electrical goods, despite falling sales of mobile phones.

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