European shares fell on Monday as signs of a resurgence in coronavirus cases in Germany and elsewhere unnerved investors who were hoping for a swift economic recovery from the crisis.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index slid 1% by 0710 GMT, with travel and leisure .SXTP, oil and gas .SXEP, and bank stocks .SX7P leading losses.
The World Health Organization reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Sunday, while Germany’s COVID-19 reproduction rate jumped to 2.88, a rate showing infections are rising above the level needed to contain the disease over the longer term.
Scandal-hit Wirecard (WDIG.DE), which lost 72% in market valuate over the past week, fell another 43.9% as it said a quarter of its assets totalling 1.9 billion euros ($2.13 billion) that auditor EY had been unable to account for likely did not exist and withdrew its earnings forecast.
Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) dropped 6.7% amid a showdown between the airline’s biggest shareholder and the German government over the terms of a 9-billion-euro bailout.