China's shares fall almost 9% for fear of viruses

SHANGHAI: Chinese stocks It collapsed almost nine percent at the beginning of the trade on Monday, struck by fears about the spiral when investors returned from the Lunar New Year holiday, which spread due to the outbreak.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index dived 8.73 percent, or 259.83 points, to 2,716.70, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, sank 8.99 percent, or 158.02 points, to 1,598.80.

But in Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 0.17 percent, or 43.59 points to 26,356.22 in the first minutes.