11:45 GMT09 April 2020
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    Stocks fell in Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and South Korea after opening on Thursday morning, following the recent massive stimulus plan announced by the European Central Bank (ECB) to support the economy.

    Major Asian stock markets have continued to suffer declines after opening on Thursday morning. 

    Japan's Nikkei Share Average dropped from its all-time high, despite previous gains.

    Hong Kong's Hang Seng index extended its drop, hitting its lowest mark since July 2016. The Shanghai Composite Index was down more than three percent this morning.

    Asian stocks have extended their fall despite the new ECB programme of $819 billion aiming to conduct purchases of securities until the end of 2020 to support the euro.

    Meanwhile, the New York Stock Exchange announced it would temporarily close its trading floor and move to electronic trading as the coronavirus outbreak continues in the United States, with over 9,000 cases registered so far.

    Globally, the COVID-19 has affected more than 191,100 people and killed over 7,800, according to the latest data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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