Concerns over the economic impact of the omicron Covid variant continues to weigh on investor sentiment, as stocks in Asia-Pacific fell in Thursday morning trade.
The Topix index in Japan lost 0.63%. The Kospi fell in South Korea.
The S&P/ASX 200 fell in Australia. The retail sales and trade data for October is due to be released at 8:30 a.m. On Thursday.
The broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down.
The first case of omicron in the US was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overnight.
The S&P 500 declined 1.11% to 4,513.04. The index fell to 15,254.05.
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The US dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 96.028 after spiking above 96.5 earlier in the week.
The Japanese currency traded at 112.85 per dollar, still stronger than the levels seen against the US currency earlier in the week. The Australian dollar dropped from above $0.715 to at least $0.7107.