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Early Thursday, Nikkei came out with the news suggesting worsening the virus conditions in Tokyo while Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) unveiled recent easing the coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers, after Wednesday’s worrisome figures.

Nikkei said, “The Tokyo Metropolitan Government raised the alert level of the medical care provision system to the most serious “tight” with a four-level index in response to the increase in inpatients with the new coronavirus. This is the first time that it has been positioned as “tight” since the current 4-step index was established in July.”

On the other hand, Germany’s COVID-19 death toll eases from the record level of over 24,000 with the latest 698 addition to the list on December 16, 2020. On a weekly basis, total deaths surged 2,338 persons versus 1,600 virus-led deaths in the same period last week.

Market implications

Given the market players’ attention on the US stimulus, virus updates have had a little impact on the risk-tone off-late. That said, EUR/USD probes intraday high near 1.2228, up 0.35% on a day, by press time.

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