Asia report fall as investors watch worsening Covid situation


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Markets in Asia finished mostly weaker on Monday, as investors watched a worsening Covid-19 situation in western economies, with the US in particular topping records in terms of new cases. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 was down 0.1% at 23,494.34, as the yen weakened 0.12% against the dollar to last trade atJPY 104.84. Technology conglomerate SoftBank Group was down 2.74%, while among the benchmark’s other major components, automation specialist Fanuc was up 0.19%, and fashion firm Fast Retailing rose 1.36%. The broader Topix index was off 0.39% by the end of trading in Tokyo, closing at 1,618.98. On the mainland,...