Asian shares slip amid pandemic, Afghanistan worries

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TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are slipping amid worries about surging coronavirus infections in the region, as well as concerns about the long-term impact from the Afghan government’s collapse. Benchmarks in Japan, Australia and China slipped, while trading was closed in South Korea for a holiday. Analysts said the slow vaccination rollouts in Asia are pushing down investor sentiments. Cases of COVID-19 are growing in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan. Analysts said the Taliban sweeping into Afghanistan’s capital may feel like a faraway event, but will affect markets. Wall Street finished last week with small gains. 

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