At midweek, the World Health Organisation confirmed 1901 new cases of the virus and 98 deaths.
Gold got a boost on safe haven buying with Comex futures rising to $1605 an ounce. Futures rose as high as $1608.20/oz earlier in the session. Spot gold on Wednesday traded at $1601.56/oz or in the Australian currency, a record $A2395/oz.
Palladium was a winner from the Apple news with the critical iPhone ingredient jumping a staggering 10% to a record $2547.30/oz.
Lead was up 3.3% in London, but nickel dropped 2.3% on what was a grim midweek session for base metals.