Banks Halt U.K. Office Return; India Deaths Climb: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — HSBC Holdings Plc and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. paused plans to return workers to their London offices after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions and urged residents to work from home where possible.

The U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus exceeded 200,000, a grim milestone that comes eight months after the pathogen was first confirmed on American soil. India’s fatalities topped 90,000.

France’s new infections jumped above 10,000 after a weekend lull, while South Korea’s daily cases climbed above 100 for the first time in four days.

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Some see irony in virus’ impact on Mayflower commemoration

The year 2020 was supposed to be a big one for the Pilgrims.

Dozens of events — from art exhibits and festivals to lectures and a maritime regatta featuring the Mayflower II, a full-scale replica refitted over the past three years at a cost of more than $11 million — were planned to mark the 400th anniversary of the religious separatists’ arrival at what we now know as Plymouth, Massachusetts.

But many of those activities have been postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. And historian Elizabeth Fenn finds a certain perverse poetry in that.

“The irony obviously runs quite deep,” says Fenn, a history professor at the University of Colorado Boulder who has studied disease in Colonial America. “Novel infections did MOST of the dirty work of colonization.”

Disease introduced by traders and settlers — either by happenstance or intention — played a significant role in the “conquest”

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Businesses Make Deeper Cuts; Hong Kong Stimulus: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Citigroup Inc., Qantas Airways Ltd. and Singapore’s United Overseas Bank Ltd. joined companies worldwide making deeper cost cuts, from property and equipment to staff and pay, as the pandemic persist. U.K. job losses during the crisis reached almost 700,000, fresh data showed.

In India, where infections trail only the U.S., total cases approached 5 million. Hong Kong reported no locally transmitted infections for the first time since early July. The city injected its struggling economy with fresh stimulus and lifted some social distancing measures, including temporarily reopening bars.

A vaccine may be available for “ordinary Chinese” as soon as November, the state-owned Global Times newspaper said. In the U.K., researchers are beginning the first study of whether two experimental vaccines can be inhaled.

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UK on ‘edge of losing control’ of virus, says Sage adviser

Boris Johnson has been urged to abandon the Government's campaign to get people back to the office as cases in the UK surge - AFP
Boris Johnson has been urged to abandon the Government’s campaign to get people back to the office as cases in the UK surge – AFP

The UK is on “the edge of losing control” of the virus and people who can work from home should continue to do so, according to Sage adviser and former Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Mark Walport.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, he said: “I think one would have to say that we’re on the edge of losing control, and you’ve only got to look across the Channel to see what’s happening in France and what’s happening in Spain.

“The French on Thursday had 9,800 new infections and one can see that their hospital admissions and indeed intensive care admissions are going up.

“The figures in the UK on September 5, it was about 1,800 people identified with infection. On the

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The travel industry is set to lose £23bn as the virus causes problems for airlines and holidaymakers (Getty)
The travel industry is set to lose £23bn as the virus causes problems for airlines and holidaymakers (Getty)

On 23 March, the UK government implemented a lockdown on the country to curb the spread of coronavirus.

While measures have begun to ease across the nation, the changes have had a dramatic impact on daily life with all non-essential travel banned and pubs, restaurants and theatres forced to close, while people were asked to work from home unless they were a key worker.

Those with underlying health conditions, over the age of 75 and pregnant women were also told to minimise social contact for 12 weeks.

Despite the obvious seriousness of the situation it is important to keep the threat in perspective (during the 2017-18 UK flu season there were 26,408 deaths and 1,692 in 2018-2019). The UK’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty estimates a mortality rate for coronavirus of one

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Young protesters force Nepal to better manage virus crisis

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — On a sunny June day in Nepal, hundreds of young people in face masks stood a meter apart behind the barbed-wire barricades and rows of riot police guarding the prime minister’s residence, shouting slogans demanding a better government response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a rare show of young people humbling a powerful government to action in Asia, they got one.

But not before hundreds of protesters were doused with water cannons, some beaten with police batons and others detained. A charismatic young leader nearly died on hunger strike.

“Governments have mishandled the coronavirus situation in many countries but it was unique for youths in Nepal to come together for non-political peaceful protests to point out the wrongdoings, make them admit it and then correct it,” said Dinesh Prasain, sociologist at the the prestigious Tribhuvan University.

Prime Minister Khaga Prasad Oli’s government imposed a nationwide lockdown

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Oklahoma female prisoner treated for virus dies

OKLAHOMA CITY — A female Oklahoma state prison inmate treated for coronavirus has died, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said.

The inmate at the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft died Saturday at a hospital, the department said Monday. The woman, whose name wasn’t released, also had undisclosed health issues.

The state medical examiner will determine whether coronavirus was a factor in her death, the DOC said.

The state health department announced increases of 833 cases in the state and one additional death since Monday. It’s reported 65,053 total coronavirus cases and 854 confirmed deaths in Oklahoma.



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Colleges using COVID dorms, quarantines to keep virus at bay

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading through colleges at alarming rates, universities are scrambling to find quarantine locations in dormitory buildings and off-campus properties to isolate the thousands of students who have caught COVID-19 or been exposed to it.

Sacred Heart University has converted a 34-room guest house at the former Connecticut headquarters of General Electric to quarantine students. The University of South Carolina ran out of space at a dormitory for quarantined students and began sending them to rooms it rented in hotel-like quarters at a training center for prosecutors. The Air Force Academy sent 400 cadets to hotels to free up space on its Colorado base for quarantines.

The actions again demonstrate how the virus has uprooted traditional campus life amid a pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. and proven to be especially problematic for universities since the start of the school

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Myrtle Beach, SC, extends virus mask mandate

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A South Carolina beach town has renewed its mask mandate. That’s despite coronavirus cases trending downward after a spike linked to the popular tourist destination this summer.

Myrtle Beach has extended through Sept. 30 the July executive order mandating face coverings worn in public places, according to the city’s website.

“This is not the time to stop our efforts,” City Manager John Pedersen said during a City Council meeting Thursday.

In June and July, some coronavirus clusters in other states, including West Virginia and New Jersey, were linked to vacationers and wedding attendees returning from trips to Myrtle Beach. Horry County, which contains Myrtle Beach, also had a spike in cases. Since then, data shows the county has seen a downward trend in case numbers.



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India’s Surge Continues; Berlusconi in Hospital: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — India added more than 83,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections, taking the country’s total to almost 4 million. Australia recommitted to open up the economy by December, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison failed to secure an immediate agreement to lift border restrictions.

In Italy, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalized in Milan after testing positive. Meanwhile, Novo Nordisk A/S is exploring whether a class of medicines that helps people lose weight and control diabetes can also fight Covid-19.

The European Central Bank is likely to step up its crisis response later this year, according to economists, with indicators suggesting an economic rebound is starting to run out of steam. The pace of a recovery for factory orders in Germany, a sign of future output in the region’s biggest economy, slowed dramatically in July.

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