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COVID-19 Alert – 01 June 2020

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Actions by Governments

  • ‘They’re just doing whatever they want’: Few masks are seen as Maryland beach town reopens (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • CDC now says coronavirus doesn’t stick to surfaces (Natural News)
  • Coronavirus in Oregon (June 1): How health officials hope to rise to the challenge of contact tracing (Oregonian)
  • Coronavirus tracked: Charting Sweden’s disastrous no-lockdown strategy (The Independent)
  • Covid-19 stimulus: Australian government targets giant construction projects and home renos next (The Guardian)
  • INSIGHT: Tax Measures in Sweden Impacting Multinational Corporations (Bloomberg Law)
  • Is the UK government squandering money on a virus PR exercise? (Australian Times)
  • Kentucky gyms are reopening today. Here’s how it looks around Louisville (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • Legoland reopens today, first big theme park in Florida to come back after coronavirus shutdowns (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Letter to the editor: Trump’s leadership on coronavirus lacking (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
  • Public trust in UK government over coronavirus falls sharply (The Guardian)
  • Sweden reports no Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours (Abu Dhabi National)
  • This is the biggest mistake you’re making in your car, the CDC says (MSN South Africa)
  • U.S. CDC reports total of 1,761,503 coronavirus cases, 103,700 deaths (Reuters: U.S.)
  • U.S. CDC reports total of 1,761,503 coronavirus cases, 103,700 deaths (Devdiscourse)
  • UK government advisers warn on easing lockdown (Taipei Times Online)
  • UK government confirms new rules of what you can and can’t legally do in England on June 1 (Liverpool Echo)
  • UK government preparing stimulus package for July: FT (The Straits Times All News)
  • UK government’s impatience with lockdown risks causing a second wave of Covid-19, former chief scientific adviser says (CNBC)
  • WSJ – A poll shows two-thirds of New Jersey residents support Gov. Phil Murphy’s reopening strategy, but a partisan divid… https://t.co/GNNTGukS01 (WSJ – Twitter)
Actions by Companies

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Societal & Economic Impact

‘Our business can now get cracking’ after lockdownOutdoor markets and car showrooms in England are allowed to reopen from Monday amid the pandemic.

A time to embrace the edge spaces that make our neighbourhoods tickAs we emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns, it is timely to reflect on how the design of our neighbourhoods and the ways we interact with them affect our lived experience. A clear lesson from the m

Latest coronavirus news: Protests spark worries of COVID-19 uptickThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution is committed to providing our readers with comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus. » COMPLETE COVERAGE: CORONAVIRUS This daily live blog will provide the latest updates, news and details of COVID-19 from media…

Majority of Americans Not Ready to Visit Restaurants, Stores Amid Ongoing Pandemic—PollAlmost six in ten Americans are not yet willing to visit restaurants, stores and other public spaces, according to new polling data. The latest survey from ABC News and The Washington Post found that 58 percent of Americans feel it is "too early" for…

Protests continue as coronavirus continues to spread in several statesProtests over the death of George Floyd rage across the country despite that the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in several states. Meg Oliver has the latest.

State budgets come under strain amid coronavirus pandemic, mass protestsCNBC's Ylan Mui reports on how the coronavirus pandemic paired with the rising civil unrest across the country are hitting state budgets.

The economy was sick long before COVID-19 struck the lockdown sent it to the ICUThe coronavirus crisis will worsen India’s Four Balance Sheet problem.

Victoria eases lockdown20 people will be allowed to enter cafes and restaurants across Victoria as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

What to do if you lose your job during COVID-19Workers who found themselves suddenly unemployed during lockdown have radically changed how they spend their spare time as they look to stay motivated and relevant in the new world.

at a glanceA summary of the biggest developments in the global coronavirus outbreak Key developments in the global coronavirus outbreak today include: Global death toll passes 370,000 The global coronavirus death toll stands at 370,078, according to Johns Hopkins…

Geopolitical Impact

Australian military’s new war room to face any enemyAustralia will have a rapid response military force to pull together in the event of major civilian crises like bushfires, floods and pandemics under a new mandate being created in the wake of the successful troop reaction to COVID-19.

From flouting lockdown to rejoining the military: How Europe’s royals have coped during the pandemicAs the Queen is seen riding in Windsor after weeks in lockdown, what have her European counterparts been doing during the pandemic? Spare a thought for the royals: it isn’t easy to know what's the right thing to do in a pandemic: get too involved and…

GOP lawmakers plan measure to force Americans to divest from firms linked to Chinese military: reportA trio of GOP lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill that would force Americans to divest from companies with ties to China's armed forces. Reuters reported Monday that the bill from Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), and Doug…

Hong Kong is collateral damage in Trump’s new trade war with Chinais an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades." Of all the things Hong Kong expected in 2020, being the subject of a proxy war between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping probably…

India expels 2 Pakistan embassy officials on charges of espionage, orders to leave country within 24 hoursIndia on Sunday expelled two officials of the Pakistan High Commission on charges of spying and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours, the Ministry of External Affairs said. The two officials were apprehended by Indian law enforcement…

Russia says NATO increases military activity near its bordersMOSCOW, June 1 (Xinhua) — Despite the spread of COVID-19, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has significantly increased military activity with a "clear anti-Russian orientation," Russia's top general said Monday. "By similar actions, the…

Taiwan CECC reveals potential border control plan for international travelersCECC Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. (CECC photo) CECC Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. (CECC photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) on Monday (June 1) shared possible border control…

US-Japan military drills go on despite virus, with eye on ChinaTOKYO – The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped the U.S. and Japan from holding joint military exercises, as the allies keep watch on China's increasingly assertive maritime maneuvers. Two U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers and 16 F-15 and F-2 fighters from…

Cybersecurity Impact

5 Key Cybersecurity Concerns Amid COVID-19 – CISO MAGT he COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global health, the economy, and social systems. From emptying office spaces to dispersing the workforce, corporates have yet ensured seamless delivery of services. However, remote work environment has also led to…

Cyber Security in Financial Services Market Report 2020 with COVID-19 Impact Analysis: Size, Share, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts Research – 3rd Watch NewsCyber Security in Financial Services Market Report 2020 with COVID-19 Impact Analysis: Size, Share, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts Research. Cyber Security in Financial Services Market report…

Ransomware, malware exploit coronavirus themesM onitoring of billions of security events daily has revealed that cyber criminals are exploiting fears of COVID-19 to step up ransomware and malware attacks, reports Fortinet FortiGuard Labs. The research indicates that ransomware will be a hallmark…

State-sponsored Cyber Espionage — A Threat during COVID-19?While States are battling an escalating number of COVID cases as well as dwindling finances, foreign interference in cyberspace from State-sponsored actors is also a matter of grave scrutiny. If cases of COVID-19 infections are increasing, so are the…

Survey says UK public fears cyber-attacks with COVID-19 tracing app – – pharmaphorumAlmost half (48%) of people in the UK questioned about the NHSX contact-tracing app say they don’t trust the government to keep their information safe from hackers, according to a 1,000-person survey. The , which is being piloted on the Isle of Wight,…

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