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Trump's COVID infection sends shock waves through Asian markets

Investors worried over presidential election uncertainties as US futures drop

SINGAPORE -- Asia-Pacific Stock markets slid Friday afternoon after U.S. President Donald Trump said he tested positive for COVID-19, spurring investors to avoid risk ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei Stock Average declined 233 points at one point in the afternoon trading session, dipping under 23,000 points for the first time since Sept. 9 before closing at 23,029. The market resumed trading Friday after a full-day system outage the day before.

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