Shares rebounded in Asia on Friday after an early sell-off, though Japan's benchmark declined as investors reacted to news of a growing number of cases of a new virus among the local population.
The Nikkei 225 fell 0.6% in morning trading to 23,683.44. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.4% to 7,134.70. South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.5% to 2,243.36 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 0.6% to 27,902.12. The Shanghai Composite index gained 0.6% to 2,923.90.