Some encouraging news. A Lab in Melbourne has replicated the Wuhan Coronavirus. This was reported two days ago. Hong Kong has shared the RNA genome. This breakthrough will help develop antibody tests to more quickly identify cases. In addition it will help develop vaccines.\n\nChina, if their data is reliable, report 7711 cases and 170 deaths. That is a case fatality rate of 2.2% So in a city as large as Wuhan the case incidence by now is not as high as might have been feared. Although one has to be cautious as we now know the incubation period with viral shedding can be at least 10 days and may be 14. So this would tend to delay peaking.\n\nThere is one nightmare in Italy, where a 6000 passenger cruise ship has two Chinese residents who are ill with respiratory difficulties and very likely have the Virus. The ship is now in the port of Savona. The ship has visited The liner has visited Marseilles in France, and the Spanish ports of Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca this week before docking on Thursday at Civitavecchia, north of Rome. \n\nThe increasing embargo and virtual quarantine of China is starting to have repercussions on the flow of parts and goods.