By Gina Lee
Investing.com – The U.S dollar reversed its losses on Wednesday in Asia as investors flocked to safe havens amid increasing numbers of fatalities from the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York state and the United Kingdom announced their highest daily death toll overnight, despite the falling number of cases reported in the beginning of the week. New York governor Andrew Cuomo reported 5,489 deaths in the state overnight.
The , which tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies, gained 0.34% to 100.257 by 11:50 AM ET (4:50 AM GMT).
“Risk aversion and the U.S. dollar are going hand in hand,” Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank, told CNBC.
“Improvement has been based on less-bad statistics coming out of various parts of the world…but our view is that markets are going to remain choppy – we can’t expect an uninterrupted flow of singularly good or singularly bad news,” he added.
The pair was down 0.11% to 108.83 as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially announced a state of emergency overnight.
The pair lost 0.16% to 1.2317 as Prime Minister Boris Johnson entered his second day in intensive care to treat the virus.
The pair slid 0.61% to 0.6129 as S&P downgraded its outlook on the country’s sovereign AAA rating from stable to negative.
The pair was down 0.37 % to 0.5952 whilst the pair gained 0.35% to 7.0671.
“While the virus’ curve is flattening, the economic effects of the corona crisis will linger for years,” Joe Capurso, Commonwealth Bank of Australia currency analyst, told CNBC.
“Economies will take time to re-open, some businesses will not re-open, and unemployment will take years to (recover). We think that means the dollar and yen will re-strengthen,” he said.
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