Financial markets in the Asia-Pacific region have dropped in response to the new variant.
On Friday, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index was 2.9% lower, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong was down by 2.1% and Australia's S&P/ASX200 was off by 1.4%.
Global oil prices were also around 2% lower, while gold moved higher.
Markets in the US were closed on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Futures markets pointed to a lower open for Wall Street on Friday.