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COVID-19 Alert – 04 June 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • Austria not reopening Italy border (2) (ansa.it)
  • COVID-19 plays the spoiler as stages try to reopen in Japan (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Doctors in Spain provide beach trip for recovering coronavirus patients, report says (FOXNews.com)
  • Iran says coronavirus restrictions could return if second wave hits (NationalPost.com)
  • New Zealand says July likely too early to resume travel with Australia (The Straits Times All News)
  • Pompeo speaks to foreign ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, S Korea on COVID-19 situation (Outlook India)
  • Restaurants and bars to reopen in Belgium (Politico.eu)
  • Singapore to Ease Quarantine Rules for Travel with China (Bloomberg)
  • Spain reports first new COVID-19 death since Sunday, total at 27,128 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – How UK government spends billions to support the economy (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • UK – Jackson Carlaw: Scottish Government should appoint dedicated care homes minister (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – The UK government is facing questions over its relationship with secretive big data firm Palantir (Business Insider)
  • UK – UK government to guarantee £10bn of trade credit insurance (FT.com – World)
  • US – CDC debuts color-coded system for identifying cruise ships with recent COVID-19 cases (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Coronavirus in Oregon (June 3): New employment department chief to unveil plans to fix massive backlog of claims (Oregonian)
  • US – Democrats’ bid to pass coronavirus small business bill stalls in U.S. Senate (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Florida Gov. DeSantis announces bars, gyms can reopen as most of state enters Phase 2 coronavirus recovery (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Governor declines to set a timeline for when tourism will restart in Hawaii (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Here are the 5 coronavirus vaccine programs that the Trump administration is reportedly prioritizing (Business Insider)
  • US – Maryland to enter phase two of reopening Friday (Washington Times)
  • US – Oregon uses coronavirus data to make decisions about reopening. It refuses to release that data. (Oregonian)
  • US – Trump administration selects 5 coronavirus vaccine candidates as finalists (FOXBusiness.com)
  • US – US government blocks Chinese airlines as tensions escalate over coronavirus and Hong Kong (Telegraph)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • When can we return to Italy? Latest travel advice as country reopens borders (Telegraph)
 
Actions by Companies
 
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Animal medicine might play a crucial role in developing the sought-after coronavirus vaccine (Telegraph)
  • COVID-19 treatment: Scientists say brand new flu drug might help in reducing viral load, prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission (Firstpost.com)
  • EU countries forge COVID-19 vaccine alliance (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Govt simplifies clinical trial rules to expedite COVID-19 vaccine development Report (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Hydroxychloroquine does not work as a preventative against COVID-19, new study finds (Pharmafile)
  • Hydroxychloroquine for the Prevention of Covid-19 — Searching for Evidence (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • 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)
  • S. Korea to Spend 100 bln Won in Developing COVID-19 Treatments, Vaccines (FirstWord Pharma)
  • US slated to have 100 million doses of potential coronavirus vaccine by year’s end (New York Daily News)
 
Societal & Economic Impact
4 ways companies can thrive in the COVID-19 economy, according to philanthropy strategists
Fortune
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Alert: Germany’s governing parties agree on $146 billion stimulus package to revive economy hit by coronavirus pandemic
San Antonio Express-News.com
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Coronavirus Pandemic Drives Unemployment Up Across U.S. Metro Areas
WSJ.com US Business
India coronavirus: Recession looms as economy reopens
BBC News – Asia
Businesses and factories are reopening fast, but the future looks both uncertain and grim.
Letter to the editor: Coronavirus and civil disobedience
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
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…
Packed protests raise concerns over increase of coronavirus infections
CBS News
Health officials are concerned over the wave of mass protests across the country during the pandemic. A new study found there's a 17% chance of transmitting the coronavirus without a face mask compared with 3% when wearing a face mask. Carter Evans…
Pandemic raises “hard questions” for policymakers – Bank of England
Reuters
LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – Markets have recovered their poise after bouts of extreme volatility in March due to the coronavirus pandemic that left “hard questions” for policymakers to answer, a senior Bank of England official said on Thursday. “Financ…
Protesting While Black During Covid-19
Bloomberg
"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:…
Rise in homelessness during pandemic amid fears hotel scheme to end within weeks
The Independent
Job losses and barriers to sofa-surfing during lockdown pushing people to the brink, charities warn There has been a surge in people becoming homeless during the coronavirus crisis as job losses and barriers to sofa-surfing during lockdown push people…
Sweden urges protesters to take it online during pandemic
NationalPost.com
STOCKHOLM — The Swedish government on Thursday urged its citizens to take their fight to the internet after thousands in the capital defied coronavirus restrictions to protest against racism and U.S. police violence….
Geopolitical Impact
Brexit delay ‘essential’ to avoid double hit to economy
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND’S economy could suffer a £3billion hit if the UK fails to delay Brexit and leaves Europe without a trade deal at the end of the year, the Scottish Government has warned. Publishing economic modelling on the impact of the UK falling back onto…
COVID-19 and geopolitics behind Philippines’ U-turn on US military deal
Arab News
President Rodrigo Duterte said in February that he was going to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which was signed in 1998 Global circumstances and the pandemic prompted a presidential U-turn, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro…
Contagion, geopolitics prompt Duterte to suspend VFA termination–Locsin
Business Mirror
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…
Damascus condemns new US economic sanctions
Mail Online UK
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…
Globalisation and labour productivity in the OECD: what are the implications for post-pandemic recovery and resilience?
Australian Policy Online
Description The COVID-19 pandemic is a significant de-globalisation shock at a time when globalisation was already under challenge from President Trump’s trade war. Post-pandemic public policy responses can either compound or alleviate this shock. A…
Globalization may undergo transformation both in structure and substance amid COVID-19 pandemic: Ban Ki-moon
Beijing Review
T he Global Health Forum of Boao Forum for Asia  held a  webinar on June 2  (COURTESY PHOTO) Globalization will not be brought to an end by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, but may undergo transformation both in structure and…
Immigration offices back at old spaces at NAIA Terminal 3
Manila Bulletin
, 11:01 AM By Jun Ramirez The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced Thursday that the main offices of its operating units at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have returned to their original workplaces at Terminal 3 building. BI Commissioner…
In Singapore, foreign currency worth record US$19.2 billion deposited in April, due to Covid-19, HK protests and trade war
South China Morning Post – News
With the coronavirus pandemic causing financial markets to tank and a prolonged period of uncertainty ahead, investors have been flocking to keep their cash in Singapore, with bank deposits in foreign currencies reaching an all-time high of S$26.9…
Made in Qatar: Embargo and pandemic stoke autonomy drive
Globaltimes.cn
UK drugs stockpile eroded by coronavirus ahead of Brexit
FT.com – Health
Rebuilding 6 weeks’ medical stores exacerbated by pandemic’s disruption to global production and fears of ‘no-deal’ EU exit
With virus spreading, judge orders bail hearings for immigration detainees at Wyatt
Boston Globe
McElroy planned to holding hearings for five detainees on Wednesday, but ICE released two of them ahead of time, ACLU of Rhode Island cooperating attorney Jared A. Goldstein said. In all, ICE has voluntarily released six immigration detainees since…
‘Covid warfare to be won thru innovation, collaboration’
Business Mirror
Against the backdrop of the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, countries should work together to fight its dreaded outbreak, according to Ambassador Alain Gaschen of the Swiss Confederation. In his remarks during the recent “Health for Juan and…
Cybersecurity Impact
InfoSecHotSpot – Enterprise Mobile Phishing Attacks Skyrocket Amidst Pandemic Increase of 37 percent from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020 attribu… https://t.co/dHShx3w43q
InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter
Enterprise Mobile Phishing Attacks Skyrocket Amidst Pandemic Increase of 37 percent from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020 attributed to creation of remote workforce due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. https://bit.ly/2AAHNoG…
Security Teams Unprepared for COVID-19 Cyberthreats According to Primary Research Study
Security Bloggers Network
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…
Three cybersecurity considerations for business clients in the COVID-19 era
CERT-EU – Latest News – RSS
Read Catherine Rudow list three cybersecurity considerations for small and medium businesses in the Covid-19 environment on Property Casualty 360: Small businesses across the nation have been forced to adapt or close as a result of mandated shutdowns…
What the COVID-19 Pandemic Teaches Us About Cybersecurity – HSToday
CERT-EU – Latest News – RSS
By contrast, estimates of R0 of cyberattacks are 27 and above. One of the fastest worms in history, the 2003 Slammer/Sapphire worm, doubled in size approximately every 8.5 seconds, spreading to over 75,000 infected devices in 10 minutes and 10.8…
Working from Home Due to COVID-19? Protect Yourself from Cyberattacks
CERT-EU – Latest News – RSS
As we start to get used to living in a world where COVID-19 is changing everything, one of the differences that many have people are doing is working from home. With so many people now working on their home networks, cybercriminals are stepping up,…

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