USA- New Jersey hospital assessing a patient for possible coronavirus infection

24 Jan 2020
A patient at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ is being evaluated 
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RBNZ's model of core inflation increases to 1.8% y/y (from 1.7% prior)

24 Jan 2020
Reserve Bank of New Zealand  Sectoral Factor Model Inflation Gauge
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Japan's Nishimura says there there 700+ Japanese nationals currently in Wuhan

24 Jan 2020
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary 
- says 710 Japanese nationals in Wuhan presently
I hope they like it their 'cause none of them are leaving any time soon - the city is sealed off by Chinese authorities and they do not much around. No one is getting out. 
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More from Xinhua on coronavirus. 830 cases confirmed, a further 1000+ suspected

24 Jan 2020
Xinhua (China's state media) citing Chinese health authorities 
- 830 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus
- reported in 29 provincial-level regions in the country by the end of Thursday
citing China's National Health Commission.
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The RBNZ is delaying publication of its inflation data citing technical difficulties

24 Jan 2020
I'm awaiting the Reserve Bank of New Zealand  Sectoral Factor Model Inflation Gauge
- was due at 0200GMT
RBNZ saying tech difficulties are delaying the release.
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NZ data - New Zealand credit card spending for December: - 0.9% m/m (prior +1.5%)

24 Jan 2020
And for the y/y its +3.4% (prior +4.4%)
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Japan finance minister Aso says the country has no plans to issue a digital currency

24 Jan 2020
Aso says the fact that central banks are studying the idea is positive but Japan has no plans to issue a crypto
From earlier this week:
Speaking of ice cream:
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China's Global Times says 105 new cases of Wuhan coronavirus were confirmed in Hubei

24 Jan 2020
As of midnight Thursday (China time) 
more to come  
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Also, Yonhap confirms another case of the virus in South Korea 
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Forecast for the RBNZ to leave interest rates unchanged for all of 2020

24 Jan 2020
Standard Chartered on the Reserve Bank of New Zealand  
These comments are from earlier in the week I hadn't posted:
- RBNZ is likely to keep the policy rate in 2020 on hold
Stan Chart say government fiscal policy
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Waiting for the PBOC USD/CNY rate setting? Come back in a week (seriously).

24 Jan 2020
China is shut to kick off the Spring Festival / Lunar New Year long holiday today. 
And will remain closed right through to Thursday January 30 inclusive.
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