European markets retreated Friday morning as another rocky week of trading draws to a close amid the deepening coronavirus crisis.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 fell by 0.4%, with insurance stocks sliding 2.9% to lead losses while retail and health care both bucked the downward trend to climb by 0.7%.
The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide surpassed 1 million on Thursday night, resulting in more than 53,000 deaths so far. Italy and Spain have reported over 115,000 and 112,000 cases, respectively, while Germany now has more than 84,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Source : CNBC