U.S. dollar dips amid spread of coronavirus

Xinhua News,NEW YORK
2020-03-26 05:03

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The U.S. dollar declined on Wednesday amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the country.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, decreased 0.95 percent at 101.0662 in late trading.

In late New York trading, the euro was up to 1.0867 U.S. dollars from 1.0757 dollars in the previous session, and the British pound increased to 1.1870 dollars from 1.1748 U.S. dollars in the previous session. The Australian dollar was up to 0.5960 U.S. dollar from 0.5912 dollar.

The U.S. dollar bought 111.36 Japanese yen, lower than 111.46 Japanese yen of the previous session. The U.S. dollar fell to 0.9779 Swiss franc from 0.9831 Swiss franc, and it fell to 1.4204 Canadian dollars from 1.4492 Canadian dollars.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 60,000 as of 3:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday (1930 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The fresh figure reached 62,068 with 869 deaths, the CSSE said.
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