- Asia Pacific markets fell Friday as investors remained cautious due to the growing number of coronavirus cases around the world.
- Japan's Nikkei 225 declined just over 1% while markets in Australia, South Korea and China also saw losses.
- Oil prices fell Friday during Asian hours, with global benchmark Brent down about 1.6% at $41.67 a barrel.
Asia Pacific markets fell across the board Friday as investors remained cautious due to the growing number of coronavirus cases around the world.
Australia's benchmark ASX 200 ended the session down 0.61% at 5,919.20. The heavily-weighted financials subindex declined 0.72% while the energy subindex fell 1.98%.
Mainland Chinese markets also fell: The Shanghai composite was down 1.95% at 3,383.32, the Shenzhen composite was down 0.3% at 2,251 while the Shenzhen component was down 0.61% at 13,671.24.
Friday's session followed a mixed overnight on Wall Street where coronavirus concerns pushed investors into tech stocks.
"Coronavirus anxiety dominated market sentiment in a day where major economic releases were scarce," Kishti Sen, an economist at ANZ Research, wrote in a morning note about the overnight session.
"That left the focus on the high frequency data and daily COVID-19 news," Sen said.
Infection cases in the United States rose with California and Florida among 12 states hitting record-breaking, seven-day averages for daily new cases, a CNBC analysis showed.
The World Health Organization said that though the virus, which has infected more than 12 million globally, can be brought under control, it's "getting worse" in most of the world.
In the currency market, the U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of its peers, rose 0.23% to 96.922.
Oil prices fell Friday during Asian hours following more than 2% declines on Thursday.
Vivek Dhar from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia said in a morning note that a stronger U.S. dollar and concerns "linked directly to the spread and impact of COVID‑19 in the US," weighed on oil overnight.