Amid fresh concerns over new China coronavirus cases gripping the markets, Australia’s Prime Minister (PM) Scott Morrison announced that they will extend the travel ban on foreign nationals from mainland China for another week, in an attempt to contain the rapidly spreading virus epidemic.
He said that the ban will be reviewed each week, extending earlier travel restrictions put in place on February, 1st.
Meanwhile, China’s Hubei province, the outbreak epicenter, announced an extension to the work suspension while urging all enterprises not to resume work until February, 20th.
With broad risk-aversion, the dominant theme in Thursday’s trading so far, the higher-yielding Aussie dollar remains heavy above the 0.67 handle vs. the US dollar, having stalled its recovery near 0.6740 region.
At the press time, AUD/USD trades around 0.6715, down 0.35% on the day.
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