TOKYO, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Safe-haven currencies such as the yen held firm against riskier currencies on Tuesday as disappointing economic data from China, the spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus and political tension in Afghanistan weighed on risk appetite.

The dollar eased to 109.24 yen , having lost about 1% over the past two sessions while the euro slipped to as low as 128.50 yen , touching its lowest level since late March.

The Swiss franc also held on to latest gains at 0.9124 franc per dollar . On the euro, it stood at 1.0745 franc to the euro , staying near its nine-month high of 1.0720 set earlier this month

The U.S. dollar, which is also often seen as the ultimate safe-haven currency, held firm against many other rivals, including the euro and commodity-linked currencies.

The euro changed hands at $1.1785 .

“The moves seem to reflect a deteriorating in market sentiment. You could say the impact of Delta variant is behind…

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