The United States (US) Dollar Index had weakened ahead of weekend trading. Market participants are also worried about the US economy, due to the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 which is easier to infect. Meanwhile, US weekly jobless claims data showed an unexpected increase. Data showed 373,000 jobless claims were filed last week, exceeding market expectations of 350,000. Concerns were also raised in Japan, the local government declared a state of emergency in Tokyo from July 12 to August 22.

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