The problem with the virus thing is the news.
Headline in a local Sunday newspaper front page today ’ Health Service Increase Mortuary Space’ - this is sensationalism at it’s worst - but this is what sells news.
(we have a total of 7 confirmed cases of the virus)
Sadly the news from Italy is not so good in that deaths rose by 133 today - total deaths 366 out of 7375 infections
WHO figure a 3.4% mortality rate.
The reason for the poor numbers in Italy reflect the fact that the virus was spread early Jan under the radar - now a total lock-down in the North of the country is in effect
The unprecedented restrictions, which will impact some 16 million people and stay in force until 3 April, were signed into law overnight by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
So imagine the economic effect - this is what will impact prices until better weather in the Spring arrives.