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Japanese shares drop 4%

Pedestrians wait to cross the street in Tokyo in front of an electronic board showing the Nikkei 225 index
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Japanese shares dropped on Monday on uncertainty over possible stricter measures to fight the coronavirus.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell just over 4% in early trade.

An increase in coronavirus cases reported at the weekend raised the prospect of wider testing and a lockdown in Japan.

On Monday, Japan extended a ban on tourists travelling from the United States, China, South East Asia and most of Europe

At the weekend, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Japanese public should "brace for a prolonged battle against coronavirus".

Other Asian markets also pointed south - with South Korea's Kospi index down 2.7%.