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COVID-19 Alert – 02 June 2020

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Actions by Governments

  • Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 150,000 mark: Africa CDC (
  • Australian government launches national domestic abuse inquiry (
  • Black and Asian Ethnic Groups up to Twice as Likely to Die From COVID-19, U.K. Government Confirms (MSNBC Newsweek)
  • Cruise Lines Recruit Heavily From Philippines, CDC Data Suggests (Bloomberg)
  • French Government Sees Economy Shrinking 11% This Year (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Is the UK government squandering money on a virus PR exercise? (Australian Times)
  • Ossoff applies lessons from 2017 loss to bid this year for U.S. Senate (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • Public trust in UK government over coronavirus falls sharply (The Guardian)
  • Tomlinson says she’s ready for the U.S. Senate, having already governed (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • Turkish government employees slap Syrian shepherd in viral video stirring outrage (Al Arabiya)
  • UK government accused of ‘power grab’ over redrawing of boundaries (The Guardian)
  • UK government faces mockery over coronavirus ‘sex ban’ (
  • UK government to limit English students attending Universities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (The Scotsman)
  • US – CDCemergency – RT @CDCgov: The latest CDC #COVIDView shows that people 65+ have the highest rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Protect people most at ris… (CDCemergency – Twitter)
  • US – Editorial: Nebraska and Iowa are starting to reopen. It’s important to go slowly (Omaha World-Herald)
  • US – Governor Whitmer Lifts Michigan’s Safer at Home Order After Weeks of Protests, Says Restaurants Can Reopen Soon (MSNBC Newsweek)
  • US – Hair salons, retail, outdoor dining to reopen in New Jersey (New York Post)
  • US – Michigan set to resume bottle, can returns on June 15 (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – Proposed rules would let Colorado pools, playgrounds reopen, recreational sports restart (Denver Post)
Actions by Companies

Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines

  • All you need to about Remdesivir drug prescribed by ICMR to treat coronavirus (The Freepress Journal)
  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 6.2 million as Australian death toll stands at 102 (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Covid 19: Six months of coronavirus – what we know (New Zealand Herald)
  • Covid-19 vaccine development moving positively, says Bharat Biotech CEO (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Eli Lilly launches clinical trial of COVID-19 antibody treatment (Pharmafile)
  • Emergent BioSolutions, BARDA reach $628M deal to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine hopefuls (FiercePharma)
  • Five-day remdesivir regimen shows promising clinical benefit in COVID-19 patients, Phase 3 data shows (Pharmafile)
  • Gilead Phase III trial of remdesivir for COVID-19 shows 65 percent are ‘more likely’ to improve by day 11 (
  • No slam dunk for Veklury in COVID-19 (Pharma Letter)
  • The WIRED Coronavirus Glossary (Wired News)
Societal & Economic Impact

Coronavirus and unemploymentDescription The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread job losses across most advanced economies, as governments have mandated ‘lockdowns’ in an effort to stop the spread of the disease. No country has managed to avoid rising unemployment. To…

Day 2 of coronavirus unlock 1.0: Ground report from Indian citiesNEW DELHI: Gross violations of social distancing were reported from cities across the country on the first day of Unlock 1.0. Last week, the government after extending the coronavirus-induced lockdown three times, decided that it was now time to…

Heed the call of the artsJune 02, 2020 5:00 AM A career in the creative industry may be a daunting prospect without guarantee of full-time work, especially given the current coronavirus pandemic.

How the coronavirus transformed human activities globallyAbout 2.6 billion people have experienced some form of lockdown since the outbreak of the coronavirus. By analysing people’s movements, two big tech companies believe they can show how the world adapted to life during the pandemic. Tap here to launch…

Lockdown or no lockdown, study shows COVID-19’s economic destruction followed a similar path either wayA group of economists studying how South Korea fought the COVID-19 outbreak without stay-at-home orders found that the country still experienced significant job losses in a pattern similar to that of countries that imposed lockdowns….

MAVERICK CITIZEN: EDITORIAL: Resetting South Africa: From locking down to scaling upepa08334208 A South African boy discards waste water next to his shack in the densely populated township of Khayelitsha during fifth day of a 21-day national lockdown in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa, 31 March 2020. Health workers and police…

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 disrupt contact tracing, could cause uptick in coronavirus casesHealth officials say their fledgling efforts to trace and stem the spread of the coronavirus could be hampered by protests across the country. The situation could mean more bad news for businesses seeking to recover from coronavirus shutdowns and…

Striking photos show cities returning to normal after lockdownEasing restrictions bring people back to previously-empty streets As the coronavirus pandemic led to cities all over the world to going into lockdown , the stark emptiness of streets and roads devoid of people and traffic became one of the most…

US riots may cause new COVID-19 cases: expertPandemic lockdowns partly contributed to violent protests nationwide Protesters rally near the White House during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington D.C., the US, on May 30, 2020. Photo: Xinhua Massive protests across the US over…

Geopolitical Impact

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…

How Covid-19 changes the geopolitics of semiconductor supply chainsTech / Enterprises Just one company in Taiwan – TSMC – accounted for nearly half of the world’s contract chip making market share in 2019 The Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011 led to a rearrangement of global auto manufacturing chains |…

Namibia: Governor Wants Border Control Measures StrengthenedAs a region bordering directly with South Africa, which accounts for almost 80% of Namibia's imports, a need exist to relook at Covid-19 mitigation measures in place at the Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer border posts, said //Kharas governor Aletha…

No justice, no peaceIN an obvious and deliberate attempt to divert the attention of the American public from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic that has already killed over 105,000 and the protests that have erupted in at least 30 United States cities over…

Pull away from globalization likely to be accentuated by coronavirus crisis, strategist saysJane Foley, head of FX strategy at Rabobank, discusses investing amid U.S.-China tensions, mass protests across the United States and the coronavirus pandemic.

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…

The New GlobalizationProf. S. K. Shah “The things will not be the same after the Covid-19 pandemic is over”. That is a common cliché these days. Actually it is not really a cliché because it appears to be a fact. But it is a fact which is only too obvious. After all the…

The death of globalisation has been announced many times. But this is a perfect stormAdd changes in technology, macroeconomics and geopolitics to the virus, and it becomes clear why we face a turbulent year See all our coronavirus coverage Coronavirus – latest updates Over the last half-century the world has been transformed by huge…

Trump threatens military force and Snowbird crash investigation; In The News for June 2In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of June 2 … — American anti-racism protests … Wielding extraordinary federal authority, President…

Cybersecurity Impact

61% Indian business leaders think Covid-19 ups cybercrime risk. A majority of Indian decision-makers think their business is more likely to experience a serious cybercrime during the Covid-19 situation, said a survey. IANS; June 02, 2020, 16:43 IST About 61 per cent of Indian business leaders and decision-makers…

Cybercriminals Take Advantage of the COVID-19 CrisisAs schools and offices shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become necessary to take advantage of remote working and studying. While it is essential for workers and students to move online, the risk for cybercrime has increased…

Cybersecurity We must rethink and repurpose cybersecurity for the COVID-19 era COVID-19 has changed how people work, and cybersecurity needs to reflect this. We know what to do; the challenge is not new tech, however, but old mindsets. Ken Xie 02 Jun 2020For many companies, the biggest obstacle will not be the technology; it will be the ability to recognize that these short-term disruptions are here for the long-term, if not actually permanent. It is also critical that we begin now to seize the…

Deploying D&O and Cyber Insurance Coverage Against Covid-19 Claims – Treasury and RiskSince March, litigation has engulfed many organizations in disputes stemming from the novel coronavirus pandemic . Class action securities litigation, bodily injury lawsuits, and insurance coverage litigation have already made their way to courts…

SCmagazineUK – Cyber professionals are warning of new scams such as an SMS-phishing attack that tells people that they have been i… professionals are warning of new scams such as an SMS-phishing attack that tells people that they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

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