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COVID-19 Alert – 28 May 2020

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Actions by US-Canadian Companies
Geopolitical Impact
  • Kuwait calls for protection of civilians in armed conflicts (Kuwait News Agency)
  • Chinese President tells military to prepare for war, boosts defence budget (MSN New Zealand)
  • Malaysia tightens border control to guard against import of COVID-19 cases by illegal immigrants (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Roger Zakheim: Coronavirus spending shouldn’t prompt defense cuts – we need a strong military (FOXNews.com)
Actions by US Government
  • Coronavirus antibody tests could be wrong up to half the time: CDC (New York Post)
  • People who have had coronavirus can safely see others after 10 days with no symptoms, CDC says (Mail Online UK)
  • Antibody tests can give you false report of COVID-19 immunity, CDC warns (Idaho Statesman)
  • NIH Director: Can’t Rule Out COVID-19 ‘Isolated And Studied’ In Wuhan Lab (Zero Hedge)
Actions by APAC Companies
Cybersecurity Impact
  • Cybersecurity in The Age of Coronavirus – Changing Dynamics – BW Businessworld (CERT-EU – Latest News – RSS)
  • InfoSecHotSpot – Coronavirus pandemic highlights medical IoT security risks With more of us connecting with our healthcare providers… https://t.co/xLKICHu4zv (InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter)
  • InfoSecHotSpot – UK Fears Cybercriminals Will Use NHSX COVID-19 Tracing App to Launch Cyber Attacks Nearly half (48%) of the UK publ… https://t.co/FkKZCGsewc (InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter)
  • Foreign intelligence targeting Canada’s COVID-19 research and supply chains: report – National – Report Cyber Crime (CERT-EU – Latest News – RSS)
Actions by MEA Companies
  • SABC PRESENTED WITH NEW INFORMATION REGARDING ITS LATEST REPORTED POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19 (SABC)
  • Lab explains false positive Covid-19 result at SABC (Times Live South Africa)
  • Gold Fields reports outbreak of 70 cases of positive COVID-19 at Ghana’s Tarkwa (Business Insider)
  • Gauteng health dept repurposes AngloGold hospital as a Covid-19 facility (News24)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines – Medical Publications
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines – News
  • France halts hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus treatment (Dispatch Live)
  • Coronavirus | France to stop use of hydroxychloroquinefor COVID-19 treatment (The Hindu)
  • Governments stop use of malaria drug for Covid-19 (Gulf Times)
  • Covid-19 vaccine being developed by 30 groups, none in clinical trial stage yet: Govt (Indian Express)
Actions by US States
  • D.C. to join Northern Virginia in slight reopening Friday; Maryland suburbs not sure (Washington Post)
  • Too soon for data, California reopens more businesses (star-telegram.com)
  • Here’s the latest on the effort to reopen Massachusetts schools this fall (boston.com)
  • Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Other States Part of Early Wave of Reopenings See Uptick in Coronavirus Cases (MSNBC Newsweek)
Actions by UK-European Companies
Actions by LATAM Companies
  • July Too Soon For $165M Petrobras Jury Trial, 5th Circ. Told (Law360)
Actions by Other Governments
  • Brazilian Government Predicts that US Will Not Reverse Travel Restrictions Soon (Folha Online)
  • Twitter fact-checked a Chinese government spokesman after he suggested the US brought COVID-19 to Wuhan (Business Insider)
  • Coronavirus UK: Government mothballs another FOUR NHS Nightingales (Mail Online UK)
  • Scottish travel agents warn UK Government quarantine rules could ‘devastate’ sector as main school holiday period approaches, and propose alternative (Herald Scotland)
Societal & Economic Impact

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