FOREX-Dollar firm as Delta virus threat looms over 'Freedom Day' | Tom Westbrook


* Risk-sensitive AUD hits 2021 low * Dollar, yen up broadly vs Asian currencies in risk-averse trade * Investors nervous as England drops virus restrictions By Tom Westbrook SINGAPORE, July 19 (Reuters) – The dollar sat near its highest levels in months on Monday as the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant made investors nervous about the global recovery and sent money into safety. The dollar also rose broadly against Asian currencies. Daily infections have been surging from the United States and Europe to Asia and the global seven-day average of new cases each day is over half a million for the first time since May. Traders are holding their breath as England lifts most social curbs.