European shares fall as fears of new virus wave grip investors

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The pan-European STOXX 600 index (STOXX) slid 1% by 0710 GMT, with travel and leisure (SXTP), oil and gas (SXEP), and bank stocks (SX7P) leading losses.

The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, while Germany’s COVID-19 reproduction rate jumped to 2.88, a rate showing infections are rising above the level needed to contain the disease over the longer term.

Scandal-hit Wirecard (DE:WDIG), which lost 72% in market valuate over the past week, fell another 43.9% as it said a quarter of its assets totalling 1.9 billion euros ($2.13 billion) that auditor EY had been unable to account for likely did not exist and withdrew its earnings forecast.

Lufthansa (DE:LHAG) dropped 6.7% amid a showdown between the airline’s biggest shareholder and the German government over the terms of a 9-billion-euro bailout.

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