Indian bourses crashed in early trading on Thursday due to fears of the COVID-19 contagion spreading and hurting economic activity.
The Bombay Stock Exchange's (BSE) 30-share index, Sensex tanked 1,800 points in opening trading. All sectoral indices of the BSE were trading in the red.
Similarly, the National Stock Exchange's Nifty crashed 500 points. India's currency, the rupee, also weakened against the dollar. The rupee opened 68 cents down against the dollar at 74.32 on Thursday.
Indian markets reacted in line with global markets in the wake of the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus a "global pandemic".