European stocks opened lower on Tuesday, with London outpacing other markets, as the coronavirus outbreak has continued to spread in the United States and has proved stubbornly persistent elsewhere.

The FTSE 100 stock index was down 0.7 percent at midmorning, after Britain reported worse-than-expected revised economic data for the first three months of this year. Investors were awaiting more details from Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, on his plan to spend on public works and other projects to get the economy back on track.

Other major European markets were modestly lower. The muted opening occurred despite a strong day in the Asia-Pacific region, where markets in Japan, mainland China and Australia ended more than 1 percent higher.

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