Due to coronavirus, ASIC deliveries from China are delayed, and litecoin surges 17% in 24 hours
Deliveries of ASIC from China are delayed due to coronavirus
Chinese manufacturers of ASIC miners have postponed delivery of equipment due to the coronavirus outbreak. All offices and plants in the country were quarantined at least until February 10, according to Zodd Zverev, the CTO of the mining pool 1Thash & 58COIN.
“Internal logistics is almost completely paralyzed in the country, deliveries of food and strategic goods to fight the virus are in priority. Since it is forbidden to go to work and the police strictly controls this, the delivery and installation of new ASICs is practically impossible, ” he said.
In addition, the top management of mining companies, including Bitmain and Canaan Creative, left the country. They should return no earlier than the end of February — the beginning of March. Zverev believes that the slowdown in the introduction of new equipment will help miners stay in the profitable zone on the eve of halving.
Litecoin surged 17% in 24 hours and approached $70
The world’s seventh cryptocurrency by market capitalization went up by more than $10 in price and came close to $70.
LTC rises in price amid the general growth of the cryptocurrency market, but at a faster pace than bitcoin: in January, the BTC price grew by 30%, whereas litecoin strengthened by 65%.
It is worth noting that the first half of last year was very successful for LTC. Over the period from January to June, the coin added 350% in price — this was due to the halving of the block mining reward which took place in August.