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The trend is clearly negative in Asia this morning with investors stressed by the health crisis in Japan while the Tokyo Olympics are now imminent, and against a background ofworries about the global economic recovery in the face of US inflation.
The Nikkei 225 fell 1.5%, while the Hang Seng dropped 1.6% and the Shanghai Stock Exchange composite index fell 0.3%.
A total of 1,410 new cases of coronavirus were recorded on Saturday in Tokyo, a new record since January for the Japanese capital, where the Olympics open this Friday. And despite numerous restrictions for all participants, several athletes have already tested positive for Covid-19, including at the Olympic Village for the first time on Sunday.
The New York Stock Exchange ended in the red on Friday, weighed down by profit taking in the wake of a deterioration in a US consumer confidence index, in large part due to the surge in inflation in the United States . The Dow Jones lost 0.86% to 34,687.85 points, the S&P 500 0.75% to 4,327.12 points and the Nasdaq 0.80% to 14,427.24 points. Over the week, the Dow fell 0.53%, the S&P 0.97% and the Nasdaq 1.87%.