Digital currencies plummet as a new coronavirus affects the market

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After the newly discovered, possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus type, investors dumped riskier assets for the perceived safety of bonds, the yen, and the dollar. As a result, Bitcoin fell almost 9% on Friday, bringing smaller tokens down with it.

The most popular digital currency, Bitcoin, dropped as much as 9.2% to $53,551, its lowest level since October 10. As investors abandoned digital currencies, the second-biggest cryptocurrency, ether, plummeted almost 13% to its lowest level in over a month.

Bitcoin was on pace for its worst one-day decline since Sept. 20, despite its 13-year history of high volatility. It has dropped by more than a fifth since reaching a record high of about $70,000 earlier this month.

According to scientists, the coronavirus type found in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong have an odd mix of mutations, which might allow it to elude immune responses or make it more transmissible.

The spread of (the variant), particularly to other nations, may further dampen investor appetite, warned Yuya Hasegawa of Tokyo-based exchange Bitbank. As a result, Bitcoin’s upside is likely to be limited, and the market should expect more losses.

Bitcoin touched an all-time high of $69,000 previously this month as more institutional investors flocked to digital currencies, many attracted by its ostensibly inflation-resistant properties.

Others have flocked to the digital currency in the hopes of making rapid money, a lure heightened by historically low or negative interest rates. However, bitcoin’s fluctuation has persisted, raising concerns about the currency’s fitness as a secure store of value.

At the time of writing, Ether was trading at $3,924. It’s dropped over 20% from its record peak on November 10.

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