Omicron wreaked havoc in the markets on Friday, sending European indices near 5% lower into Friday’s close. The selloff in the US was a bit less severe, but this is obviously not the performance we were expecting on Black Friday.
And weekend news was mixed.
Of course, the governments are quite experienced by now, so none was keen to wait and see we what would happen next. The reaction came fast, and included the well-known travel restriction measures, halting flights, restoring the entry measures, the tests, the isolation and so. The latter is bad news for the economic activity.
But the good news is, the WHO said that the symptoms of the new omicron were rather ‘mild’ so far. Therefore, the financial implications could be less bad than what everyone first thought.
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