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Stocks in Asia traded higher on Monday morning as investors shrugged off concerns over the rising number of coronavirus cases stateside.
The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 1.47% in morning trade as shares of conglomerate Softbank Group and robot maker Fanuc soared more than 3% each.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.47% as shares of HSBC surged 3.16%.
Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index traded 0.49% higher.
The World Health Organization on Sunday reported a record daily rise in global coronavirus cases, according to Reuters.

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