cases was offset by fears of an economic fallout from the epidemic.
Autocatalyst metal palladium, meanwhile, scaled yet another record peak on a sustained supply shortfall.
Spot gold was little changed at $1,602.78 per ounce by 0546 GMT, having surged to its highest since Jan. 8 at
$1,605.10 in the previous session.
US gold futures were up 0.1 per cent at $1,605.60.