US Shares Dip on Opening as New Strain of Coronavirus in UK Sparks Concerns in Markets

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on September 12, 2011 in New York City. As worries about Europe's debt crisis continue to plague the global economy, stocks remained mostly lower Monday with the Dow Jones industrial average down as much as 79 points, or 0.7% in morning trading. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

by Aleksandra Serebriakova

The mutated strain of coronavirus previously detected in the UK is believed to have caused storm clouds to gather over the global economy, as EU countries have already banned all travel from Britain for the next few days.

Like migratory birds, US stocks headed marginally south on Monday’s opening, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling by more than 20 points – 0.07% – when trading began.

The Dow Jones began trading at 30,159.00 and then plummeted even further by more than 195 points throughout the morning.

At the opening bell, the Nasdaq Composite saw more than a one percent decline, dropping by 159.49 points to 12,596.14.

The S&P 500 was also a loser, off 25.13 points from the previous day, or 0.68%. At present it is trading around the 3,666 mark but further falls are likely.

The mutated version of coronavirus has already led to some border closures between the UK and some EU members, including Belgium, France and Germany, which all feared that the strain – believed to be 70% more infectious than the original version – could spread rapidly to other countries.

The bans have led to massive queues and traffic congestion around Kent’s ports, as Britain has sent outbound goods to the EU amid upcoming Christmas season.The strain, named VUI-202012/01, is not believed to be more dangerous or deadly than the original version of SARS-CoV-2, but the studies are still ongoing.



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