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COVID-19 Alert – 03 June 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • Austria not reopening Italy border (2) (ansa.it)
  • Brazil sets another record for daily coronavirus deaths (Khaleej Times)
  • China drives global oil demand recovery out of coronavirus collapse (Reuters: Business News)
  • In China, Second Wave Coronavirus Narrative Fails To Hold (Forbes.com)
  • New Zealand reveals details for relaxed COVID-19 rules as country returning to normal (United News of India)
  • Restaurants and bars to reopen in Belgium (Politico.eu)
  • Scenes from France Reopening (Bloomberg)
  • Spain reports first new COVID-19 death since Sunday, total at 27,128 (NationalPost.com)
  • Streets and schools come alive again as Singapore reopens (The Straits Times All News)
  • Travel updates: Britons ‘most welcome’ in Portugal, and Italy reopens its borders (Telegraph)
  • UK – ‘I lost my father to Covid-19. Now I’m taking legal action against the UK government’ (The Guardian)
  • UK – Covid-19 report blasts Welsh Government’s response to the virus (itv.com)
  • UK – Scottish Government urged to take action to help struggling care workers (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – The UK government is facing questions over its relationship with secretive big data firm Palantir (Business Insider)
  • UK – Watchdog rebukes UK government over Covid testing data (Irish Independent)
  • US – CDC debuts color-coded system for identifying cruise ships with recent COVID-19 cases (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDCemergency – RT @fema: With the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, we released an Exercise Starter Kit for Preparedness in a Pandemic… (CDCemergency – Twitter)
  • US – California braces for second coronavirus wave even as first wave is far from over (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Coronavirus in Oregon (June 3): New employment department chief to unveil plans to fix massive backlog of claims (Oregonian)
  • US – Kansas lawmakers, governor, working on new COVID-19 measure (star-telegram.com)
  • US – NIH Is Starting to Bring Back Research Not Related to Covid-19 (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – Trump: GOP ‘forced to seek another State’ to host convention after North Carolina insists on coronavirus distancing (Washington Post)
  • US – Virginia to enter phase two of reopening Friday (Washington Times)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • ‘Unlocking’ office dining amid new COVID-19 reality: Sodexo shares sneak peak into future (New Indian Express)
  • Amplats temporarily recloses recently re-opened ACP plant (Polity.org.za)
  • Colgate-Palmolive expects no material impact of Covid-19; Stock trades flat (India Infoline)
  • Coronavirus Outbreak: Samsung has further extended warranty on its products till 15 June (Firstpost.com)
  • Covid-19 lockdown: Tata Motors units reopen (Calcutta Telegraph)
  • Former Apple exec raises 88 million for startups, entrepreneurs who can excel despite coronavirus pandemic (Moneycontrol.com)
  • GM should emerge from pandemic with permanently lower costs: CEO (Reuters: Business News)
  • Google is sued for secretly amassing a vast trove of user web data (Fortune)
  • Lufthansa reports net loss of 2.1 billion euros in Q1 (Jakarta Post)
  • Mahindra Provides Estimate On Loss Due To COVID-19 (Yahoo! India)
  • McDonald’s warns drive-thrus could shut over safety fears (Manchester Evening News)
  • Only three days of load-shedding during winter: Eskom CEO (Times Live South Africa)
  • Pandemic; AirAsia Plans to Stop Flying 3 Months (Tempo.co)
  • Passenger social distancing rules for easyJet, Ryanair and TUI flights (Liverpool Echo)
  • QNB wins ‘Leader in Trade for Qatar’ award (Gulf Times)
  • Renault finalises 5 billion euro state-backed loan (IOL)
  • Ryanair’s Maltese subsidiary begins COVID-19 layoffs (CH-Aviation)
  • Ryanair: UK quarantine for travellers “ineffective and useless” (The Scotsman)
  • South Korea approves emergency use of Gilead’s anti-viral drug to treat COVID-19 (Daily Maverick)
  • Spotify launches COVID-19 Music Relief in MENA for musicians (Al Arabiya)
  • Telefonica offers 107 servers to help fight coronavirus (Telecompaper)
  • Telefonica, Microsoft, others launch ‘Restarting Together’ global startup challenge (Telecompaper)
  • Two Eskom employees succumbs to Covid-19 (IOL)
  • UK coronavirus live updates including schools updates and latest on McDonald’s reopenings (Liverpool Echo)
  • US Racial Inequality: Bank Of America Pledges $1 Billion To Help Communities Hurt By Coronavirus (International Business Times)
  • Vezeeta extends its Telehealth solution to ensure the health and safety of Saudi Telecom Company employees (Zawya.com)
  • Volvo Cars Sales Soar 40% In May Compared To April As Virus Curbs Ease (NDTV)
  • WSJ – “We intend to compete and win.” The pandemic has supercharged a battle over the future of work computing, and Micro… https://t.co/cD2DF5uSii (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Woolworths is giving shares to 100,000 workers to ‘thank and recognise’ them for working through the bushfires and coronavirus pandemic (Business Insider Australia)
  • [Photo] Lufthansa to resume Korea flights starting June 24 (Hani.co.kr)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • COVID-19 drug No approval yet for Indian companies to market remdesivir Report (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Concerns mount about two studies on drugs for coronavirus (FirstWord Pharma)
  • India and South Korea approve Gilead’s remdesivir for emergency use against COVID-19 (Pharmafile)
  • Korea to develop COVID-19 treatments this year, vaccines in 2021 (The Korea Times News)
  • Lancet expresses concern over published hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine paper (Pharmafile)
  • No evidence of benefit for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients, urgent randomised trials are needed: Study (India Blooms)
  • Pharmafile.com’s weekly COVID-19 news round-up (Pharmafile)
  • Poll: 40% of Republicans won’t get coronavirus vaccine (New York Daily News)
  • Reasonable to expect some coronavirus vaccine by year-end -Pentagon researcher (FirstWord Pharma)
  • S. Korea to Invest 100 Bln Won to Develop COVID-19 Treatments, Vaccine (Korea Broadcasting System)
Societal & Economic Impact
Australia Recession 2020: Economy Expected To Drop 9% In Q2
Australia suffers its first recession in 29 years, an indication of the massive effects the coronavirus pandemic has on the economy. The economy has suffered a minimal 0.3% contraction in the first three months of the year, the Australia Bureau of…
Australia set for first recession in three decades
Official figures show the economy contracted even before the full impact of the virus pandemic.
Coronavirus expected to shave $22 trillion from US economy over 10 years
June 03, 2020 5:00 AM WASHINGTON • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the US has projected that the coronavirus pandemic would inflict a serious long-term blow to the economy, taking 3 per cent off the gross domestic product 10 years from now.
Letter to the editor: Coronavirus and civil disobedience
Our fellow citizens of faith were not permitted to worship God in their place of worship because of a social distancing edict being reinforced to control a pandemic virus. In some cases, in states and cities run by progressives (i.e., Democrats), law…
Officials raise concerns over spread of the coronavirus during nationwide protests
Health officials are raising concerns that the protests sweeping the country could increase the risks of spreading the coronavirus. If cases suddenly spike, city reopenings could be delayed. Mireya Villarreal reports.
Pandemic, Protests and Police: An Election Like No Other
Voters cast ballots, many by mail, in eight states and the District of Columbia, with limited polling stations open and concerns about the virus and civil unrest looming over the process.
Protesting While Black During Covid-19
"We can either be killed by Covid-19 just as easily as we can be killed by a cop.” A Minneapolis-based activist and other black protesters are risking their lives to fight injustice even as the coronavirus hits black Americans the hardest (Source:…
Teen who built coronavirus tracking tool creates site to keep Floyd protesters safe
Cities across the U.S. are lively with civil unrest as protesters decked out in masks express discontent with police brutality and systemic racism around the country, all in the midst … Click to Continue »
Unemployment drops due to Covid-19 – but over a quarter of labour force still out of work
THE UNEMPLOYMENT rate fell to 26pc last month when those who lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 crisis are included. T he latest official figures show the portion of the labour force out of work dropped 2.1pc to 26.1 in May, down from 28.2 in April. T…
Unemployment rises in Europe as coronavirus ends labour market recovery
Furlough schemes help shield workers from worst of pandemic’s economic impact
Geopolitical Impact
Austria Lifts Border Controls For All Neighbors Except Italy
Austria is lifting border controls imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus with all neighboring countries except Italy as of tomorrow, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told journalists in Vienna. “The pandemic numbers in Italy don’t…
Contagion, geopolitics prompt Duterte to suspend VFA termination–Locsin
By Recto Mercene, Butch Fernandez & Rene Acosta Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced the restoration of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and US on Tuesday, a move widely hailed by senators who said the…
Coronavirus, China-US trade war spark surge of Taiwanese investments onshore
Taipei-based Bioteque Corporation has a sales office near Shanghai but never considered opening a factory in mainland China.So when the 29-year-old medical equipment maker was looking to expand production, it told the Taiwan stock exchange in March…
Covid crisis will not reverse globalization: …
The Covid crisis which has been currently sweeping the world is not likely to affect the process of globalization. This was stated by Dr Arvind Panagariya, Professor of Economics at Columbia University & Former Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog while…
Damascus condemns new US economic sanctions
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government Wednesday condemned new financial sanctions that the US is due to impose this month, arguing they will increase hardships in a country deep in economic crisis. The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of…
House GOP Immigration Letter Backs OPT For International Students
In a surprise twist to the political drama over potential new immigration restrictions, 21 House Republicans sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf urging support for Optional Practical…
Johnson says prepared to change immigration rules if China imposes national security law on Hong Kong
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street during the last day of the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, May 28, 2020….
Made in Qatar: Embargo, virus stoke autonomy bid
LEMONS INTO LEMONADE: Qatar’s ostracism by other Persian Gulf nations has sparked a self-sufficiency drive to set up farms in a country entirely dependent on imports A Qatari arms factory that makes rifles and grenade launchers has added a product…
UAE sees globalisation as important part of post-Covid-19 future
UAE Minister of State Zaki Nusseibeh believes countries must work closely together in a post Covid-19 world but stressed efforts must be taken to “make this globalisation less toxic to those sectors of society that it left behind”. According to the…
UK farmers face brutal test ahead of Brexit
The pandemic has exposed tensions over food security that are now playing out in the UK- EU trade talks
VFA termination suspended due to pandemic, geopolitics – Locsin
ALLIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr delivers a quick statement at the Department of Foreign Affairs on June 3, 2020. Photo courtesy of DFA MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr on Wednesday, June 3, said the…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cybersecurity Lessons From the Pandemic, or Pandemic Lessons From Cybersecurity
In Section 1 of the white paper, the commission calls special attention to 32 of the commission’s original 75-plus recommendations that it believes deserve special attention in light of the nation’s pandemic response and associated social-distancing…
Enterprise Mobile Phishing Attacks Skyrocket With Pandemic
Everybody wants to be a hacker: Data suggests unprecedented interest in cybercrime during pandemic
With unemployment rates skyrocketing across the world as prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns continue to wreck the global economy, people who are forced to stay at home without a source of income are beginning to learn new skills to sustain themselves. Our…
Experts advise, prepare now for cyberattacks as people return to work
2 hours ago News by Andrew McCorkell Cybersecurity experts add to growing fears that people will be returning to work to find malware on their office computers. "Now is the time to get ahead of the game.” Warnings over a wave of attacks as people return…
Security Teams Unprepared for COVID-19 Cyberthreats According to Primary Research Study
Government departments and contractors are rapidly undergoing digital transformations to public and hybrid cloud infrastructures, and now more than ever require increased network visibility to reduce complexity and ensure security.  Prior to…

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