Well it's clearly completely out of control in Iran - but the extent of how bad the situation there is hasn't been known for long.
I'd hoped we'd be clear for longer too - but that's the luck of the draw. It's in at least 60 countries now - so it was inevitable we'd have cases.
The NZ dollar has taken a direct hit when this was announced. https://www.interest.co.nz/currencies/103844/our-currency-takes-hit-rumours-covid-19-has-arrived-wholesale-swap-rates-sink-well
I wonder if the government are going to be looking at complete travel bans, as the source of it is coming through the airports. I had heard in some areas they are having to do tests for this in peoples cars, because many health centres don't have isolation areas, and they don't want people waiting in the waiting rooms where they may pass it on. NZ does tend to be a 'she'll be right', and an 'ambulance at the bottom of the cliff' country, rather than being proactive to prevent problems occurring. So I hope that they will be acting on the side of caution to reduce the risk to people in NZ getting this. Id do wonder if the WHO shouldn't have class this as a major problem , so countries introduced travel bans sooner, and there was a set standard that all countries should follow, to minimise the risk of it spreading between countries. I wonder if NZ will also do what they have done in China, and prevent a lot of internal travel. It is just a really bad time of the year in NZ as we head into winter.