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The major futures indexes are indicating a gain of 0.1 percent when trading begins on Wall Street.
In Europe, London’s FTSE was lower by 0.3 percent, Germany’s DAX was little changed and France’s CAC was off 0.1 percent.
In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.6 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng advanced 0.3 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite gained 0.4 percent.
Investors had largely set aside worries about the economic impact of the virus outbreak for the past two weeks. Markets rallied this week partly when the number of new cases appeared to be slowing.
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A rally in U.S. stocks paused Thursday after a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases in the Chinese province at the epicenter of a global outbreak. Chinese officials reported the number of newly confirmed infections in Hubei jumped nearly 10-fold overnight.
The National Health Commission said 121 more people had died and there were 5,090 new confirmed cases.
The number of reported cases has been rising more quickly after the hardest-hit province changed its method of counting them Thursday. There are now 63,851 confirmed cases in mainland China
The reclassification of the COVID-19 cases in Hubei brought a huge increase in the global tally, complicating efforts to understand the trajectory of the outbreak.
Businesses have already been hurting due to the outbreak and more of them are warning that the effects will linger through the year.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.