Madrid, Nov 26 (EFE) .- The futures of the main European stock exchanges anticipate an opening with declines of around 2% due to the new variant of the covid-19 detected in South Africa, which, according to the first studies, presents ” a very unusual constellation of mutations. “
So far, cases of this variant, identified as B.1.1.529, have been confirmed in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong.
The United Kingdom is now banning flights from six African countries, including South Africa, due to the spread of this variant.
The fears that it has aroused and the increase in coronavirus infections around the world has caused significant losses in Asia, where the Nikkei, the main index of the Tokyo stock market, fell 2.53% this Friday.
Hong Kong also decreased 2.10%.
Likewise, futures on the main US indices also point to an opening with losses of around 2%, in a day that will be shorter than usual, after Wall Street closed yesterday for the “Action Day thanks”.
Brent, Europe’s benchmark crude, also fell 2.68% to $ 80.02.
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