It was hardly reassuring. Iran's deputy health minister dismissed talk of a cover-up in the true number of cases of coronavirus as he was seen coughing and sweating at a Monday press conference. The next day, he was in hospital being treated. Meanwhile, the gavel cannot come down soon enough on this week's trading on Wall Street. The New York Stock exchange saw its biggest five-day losses since 2008, wiping $3.4 trillion in value from the market. At the epicentre in Italy, the Lombardy town of Codogno now resembles a ghost town, with residents stockpiling goods.