Dow Jones plunges nearly 1,200 points on virus fears - as it happened

US share index tumbles 1,190 points, the Netherlands confirms its first case and 50 Britons are allowed to leave Tenerife hotel. This blog is closed.

We have moved our coverage to a new blog, which you can find here. Here’s a summary of recent events.

Coronavirus fears have driven the Australian market down for the fifth day running, with the benchmark ASX200 index dropping almost 3.2% shortly after the opening bell.

Retailer Harvey Norman, which had experienced only very small falls this week, finally succumbed to selling pressure after releasing its half year results this morning.

Australian stocks have now dropped 10% from peak; ASX 200 flirts with a technical correction

#ASX200 Sector update - ouch:
Financials 5889 -3.38%
Energy 9418 -3.67%
Materials 12490 -3.9%
Industrials 6489 -2.74%
Cons. Discr 2540 -2.9%
Cons. Staple 12275 -2.54%
Health Care 44207 -1.81%
Comms 1204 -2.95%
Info Tech 1294 -4.24%
Utilities 7716 -2.47%#asx #ausbiz

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