SINGAPORE — Shares in major Asia-Pacific markets were mixed on Monday as investors continued to watch the Covid situation in India.

The Nikkei 225 in Japan gained 0.36% to close at 29,126.23 while the Topix index rose 0.17% to finish the trading day at 1,918.15. South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.99% to close at 3,217.53.

Mainland Chinese stocks closed lower, with the Shanghai composite down 0.95% to 3,441.17 and the Shenzhen component slipping 0.888% to 14,224.45. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index slid about 0.4%, as of its final hour of trading.

Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 closed 0.21% lower at 7,045.60.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.48%.

Covid in India

Oil prices drop

Oil prices were lower in the afternoon of Asia trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures down 1.09% to $65.39 per barrel. U.S. crude futures slipped 1.11% to $61.45 per barrel.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 90.819 following a recent drop from above 91.2.

The Japanese yen traded at 107.75 per dollar, weaker than levels around 107.5 against the greenback seen late last week. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.7778, against an earlier low of $0.7732.

— CNBC's Amanda Macias contributed to this report.

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