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Japan Debates Travel Push; Astra Plans New Trial: Virus Update

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As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19. AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine looks like it’s headed for an additional global trial as the drugmaker tries to clear up uncertainty and confusion surrounding favorable results in its current study.

New infections in New York reached a seven-month high, while hospitalizations rose to their highest level since June. In Europe, the total number of cases in Germany topped 1 million, and the number of patients in intensive care rose to record levels. Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to do more to rein in the pandemic and called on Europe’s ski resorts to close.

Elsewhere, London will avoid the toughest coronavirus restrictions when England’s partial lockdown ends next week, the number of severely ill French patients in intensive care fell to the lowest level in more than three weeks. Argentines mourning the death of soccer icon Diego Maradona ignored virus restrictions.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 60.8 million; deaths top 1.4 millionBiden warns of ‘long, hard winter’ for virus in somber addressLondon avoids toughest curbs as Tories protestAirline claims that flying is safe stir doubts among expertsThe best and the worst places to be in the coronavirus eraCovid vaccine rush in China raises fears of booming black market

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chart, histogram: U.S. death toll tops 1,600 a day, highest since mid-May


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India’s Zydus Plans Launch of Vaccine by March (11:05 a.m. HK)

Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 vaccine is likely to enter phase III trials next month and a launch is expected by March if things go according to the plan, The Economic Times reported.

South Korea to Decide on Social Distancing Rules Soon (11 a.m. HK)

South Korea will decide soon whether further tightening of social distancing rules is needed as the nation reported more than 500 daily cases for second day, a health ministry official said.

Debate Erupts Over Japan Travel Campaign (10 a.m. HK)

As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19.

The popular “Go To Travel” campaign, which discounts trips to boost regions hit hardest by a lack of tourists, is one of the government’s most prized projects for spurring the economy, and has been heavily backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

U.K. Moves to Get Vaccine Approved Before EU (8:03 a.m. HK)

Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked the U.K. medical regulator to potentially bypass its European Union counterpart and approve the supply of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid vaccine to speed its deployment.

AstraZeneca Eyes Extra Global Vaccine Trial (8:02 a.m. HK)

AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine looks like it’s headed for an additional global trial as

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Japan Debates Travel Campaign; Astra’s New Trial: Virus Update

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As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19. AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine looks like it’s headed for an additional global trial as the drugmaker tries to clear up uncertainty and confusion surrounding favorable results in its current study.

New infections in New York reached a seven-month high, while hospitalizations rose to their highest level since June. In Europe, the total number of cases in Germany topped 1 million, and the number of patients in intensive care rose to record levels. Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to do more to rein in the pandemic and called on Europe’s ski resorts to close.

Elsewhere, London will avoid the toughest coronavirus restrictions when England’s partial lockdown ends next week, the number of severely ill French patients in intensive care fell to the lowest level in more than three weeks. Argentines mourning the death of soccer icon Diego Maradona ignored virus restrictions.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 60.8 million; deaths top 1.4 millionBiden warns of ‘long, hard winter’ for virus in somber addressLondon avoids toughest curbs as Tories protestAirline claims that flying is safe stir doubts among expertsThe best and the worst places to be in the coronavirus eraCovid vaccine rush in China raises fears of booming black market

Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on coronavirus cases and deaths.



chart, histogram: U.S. death toll tops 1,600 a day, highest since mid-May


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U.S. death toll tops 1,600 a day, highest since mid-May

Debate Erupts Over Japan Travel Campaign (10 a.m. HK)

As the coronavirus resurges in Japan, politicians and experts are growing more divided on the impact that a subsidy program encouraging people to travel is having on the spread of Covid-19.

The popular “Go To Travel” campaign, which discounts trips to boost regions hit hardest by a lack of tourists, is one of the government’s most prized projects for spurring the economy, and has been heavily backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

U.K. Moves to Get Vaccine Approved Before EU (8:03 a.m. HK)

Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked the U.K. medical regulator to potentially bypass its European Union counterpart and approve the supply of AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid vaccine to speed its deployment.

AstraZeneca Eyes Extra Global Vaccine Trial (8:02 a.m. HK)

AstraZeneca Plc’s Covid-19 vaccine looks like it’s headed for an additional global trial as the drugmaker tries to clear up uncertainty and confusion surrounding favorable results in its current study.

The company wants the new test to confirm the 90% efficacy rate that the shot showed in a portion of an existing trial, Chief Executive Officer Pascal Soriot said. It’s favoring that option rather than adding an arm to a separate study that’s already underway in the U.S.

California’s Positive-Test Rate Hits 6.1% (6:15 p.m. NY)

California reported 14,640 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total for the state to

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American Airlines and BA trial COVID testing on trans-Atlantic flights instead of quarantine rules

American Airlines and British Airways will trial free COVID-19 tests.


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American Airlines
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and British Airways
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have launched a coronavirus testing trial in an effort to persuade the U.S. and UK governments that testing can restart international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival.

The trial, which is also being operated through the ‘Oneworld’ airline alliance, will aim to collect data from at least 500 passengers on flights from three U.S. cities to London Heathrow, by asking them to take three free COVID-19 tests as part of their journey: one before departure, one on landing, and one three days after arrival.

The third test is intended to further confirm the results of the first two tests, to show that preflight testing will allow travel to safely restart, AA, BA and Oneworld said in a joint statement.

The trial will run from Nov. 25 to mid December. Data collected from the trial will be aggregated by independent scientists and shared with U.K. ministers, to help persuade them to drop a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from most countries.

Read: United Airlines tests COVID-19 ‘health pass’ to kick-start global travel again

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has also introduced a COVID testing trial, with the first volunteers arriving at Heathrow on Nov. 17 on flight UA14 from Newark Liberty International Airport. The airline uses the Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test. 

One of the 37 passengers on the flight tested positive before boarding, and was told to postpone their journey.

Last week, German airline Lufthansa
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introduced mandatory preflight testing on specific flights between Munich and Hamburg. The tests are free, and passengers who don’t wish to be tested can rebook their flight free of charge 

Under current U.K. government policies, international travelers arriving in the U.K. from the U.S. are required to self-isolate for 14 days even if they have tested negative for COVID-19.

Read: Heathrow boss was hopeful of London-New York air bridge by Thanksgiving

Sean Doyle, chief executive of BA, which is owned by International Consolidated Airlines
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said this measure is holding back the U.K., as major economies like Germany are adopting testing to replace quarantine.

“For people arriving from countries with high infection
rates, a further test on arrival should then release them from quarantine,”
Doyle said.

AA Chief Executive Doug Parker said the results provided by this trial will be “vital for reopening trans-Atlantic travel safely.”

Read: Here are the winners and losers in Europe from the Pfizer vaccine news

The tests will initially be offered on selected BA flights to London Heathrow from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles, and on selected AA flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Heathrow.

They will later be offered to passengers on selected AA flights from JFK to Heathrow.

Research from industry body the International Air Transport Association suggests the risk of contracting COVID-19 on aircraft is extremely low, with just 44 cases

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Testing Trial Stokes London-New York Travel Hope, Telegraph Says

(Bloomberg) — A trial starting Monday to test passengers flying between London and New York for Covid-19 could raise hopes for a potential travel corridor, according the Telegraph.



a group of people standing in a room: NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: People arrive before boarding flights for COVID-19 testing at the new testing facility XpresCheck at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B on September 8, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Previously, the facility administered tests only to airline employees and related parties. The facility's focus on testing for communicable disease highlights the switch parent company XpresSpa Group has been making from spa services at airports in the midst of the global pandemic. Newark Liberty XpresCheck, which is the second to begin services after New York's JFK Airport, can administer more than 350 COVID-19 tests per day. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)


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NEWARK, NJ – SEPTEMBER 08: People arrive before boarding flights for COVID-19 testing at the new testing facility XpresCheck at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B on September 8, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. Previously, the facility administered tests only to airline employees and related parties. The facility’s focus on testing for communicable disease highlights the switch parent company XpresSpa Group has been making from spa services at airports in the midst of the global pandemic. Newark Liberty XpresCheck, which is the second to begin services after New York’s JFK Airport, can administer more than 350 COVID-19 tests per day. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

United Airlines Holdings Inc. said Friday it will offer free rapid tests to all passengers and crew members on select flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow from Nov. 16 to Dec. 11. Anyone who declines to be tested will be placed on another flight, guaranteeing everyone on board other than children under two will have tested negative before departure.

Results will be shared with officials on both sides of one of the world’s busiest routes and may help to persuade government officials to agree to a travel corridor between the nations, the newspaper said.

The U.K. requires passengers arriving from the U.S. to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. British Transport Minister Grant Shapps has floated the idea of shortening the quarantine period for visitors by testing people a week after arrival. U.K. nationals are also restricted from U.S. entry.

In other airline news, EasyJet Plc has sold its slots at London Stansted Airport to rival Ryanair Holdings Plc in a deal expected to raise tens of millions of pounds, the Telegraph reported. EasyJet is in talks with the U.K. and European governments on a potential bailout, the paper said.

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Covid-19: Denmark off travel corridor list and city-wide testing trial begins

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Friday morning. We’ll have another update for you at 18:00 BST.

1. Denmark removed from UK’s travel corridor list

Anyone arriving in the UK from Denmark
must self-isolate for 14 days
with immediate effect, after the government made an emergency ruling overnight. It came after it emerged a mutated form of coronavirus present in the country’s mink farms could be passed to humans. Germany and Sweden have also been taken off the UK’s travel corridor list, although in their cases the requirement to self-isolate kicks in at 04:00 GMT on Saturday.

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2. City-wide testing pilot begins

The UK’s
first city-wide Covid testing trial is getting under way in Liverpool
, with everyone living or working there being offered repeat tests, whether or not they have symptoms. The city’s mayor says it has “absolutely nothing to lose” by hosting the two-week pilot. Here’s
how it will work
. Meanwhile, our health correspondent James Gallagher examines
whether mass testing could help avoid the need for future lockdowns
.

3. Mum and sons die after catching Covid-19

The potentially devastating effects of coronavirus have been highlighted by the case of 81-year-old David Lewis, who
lost his wife, Gladys, 74, and sons Dean, 44, and Darren, 42,
in the space of just five days, after they tested positive for Covid-19. Dean’s widow, Claire Lewis, says the family, from Pentre, Rhondda Cynon Taf, has been left heartbroken and is struggling to come to terms with what has happened.

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Covid: Pentre family’s mother and two sons die within five days

4. Students tear down ‘prison-like’ halls fencing

University of Manchester
students have torn down fencing put up around their halls of residence
on the first day of England’s new lockdown, after saying it left them feeling like they were in prison. The university has apologised, insisting it was not designed to stop students exiting the site but to address safety concerns, “particularly about access by people who are not residents”.

5. Strictly ‘difficult’ to film without live audience

If you’re relying on comfort TV such as Strictly Come Dancing to keep you sane while ordinary life is curtailed, you can rest assured
the BBC One contest will go ahead
as planned. However, judge Craig Revel Horwood and contestant Clara Amfo say lockdown is making things a bit more difficult as there will no longer be a live studio audience to cheer on the dancers.

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With the UK having updated its travel corridor list, you can
check the latest quarantine rules
.

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Alleged planner of Mali Radisson Blu hotel attack goes on trial

Malian troops take position outside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015.
In November 2015 militants stormed the Radisson Blu hotel taking 170 people hostage and killing 20

Two men accused of being behind terror attacks in 2015 that targeted foreigners in Mali have gone on trial in the capital, Bamako.

At least 26 people died when gunmen stormed La Terrasse nightclub in March of that year and the Radisson Blu hotel in November.

The alleged Islamists face charges of planning and executing the attacks.

This is a rare trial in the country which has been fighting an insurgency since 2012.

French soldiers have been helping the Malian army, but the government has not been able to take full control of the country.

Fawaz Ould Ahmeida in image obtained by AFP on 21 April 2016
Fawaz Ould Ahmeida was reportedly detained in a suburb of Bamako

Fawaz Ould Ahmeida, a Mauritanian who is the alleged mastermind, was brought to court by hooded guards as heavily armed soldiers protected the building, AFP news agency reports.

He is accused of personally shooting the victims at the nightclub using an assault rife, as revenge for French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Mr Ahmeida, who was arrested in 2016, is also accused of plotting the Radisson Blu attack. In court, he had a full-beard and was dressed in a long traditional grey robe, AFP reports.

In March 2015 gunmen sprayed bullets at La Terrasse nightclub and tossed a grenade inside. Three Malians, a Frenchman and a Belgian were killed.

Eight months later two armed men held 170 guests and staff hostage at the Radisson Blu during the nine-hour siege, killing at least 20 and wounding 14 before security officers stormed the building.

People running away from attack
Many foreigners were staying at the hotel when it came under attack

Nine Malians, a Russian flight crew, Chinese construction executives, a Belgian politician and an American aid worker were among the victims killed.

One rescued hostage said at the time that he thought the early morning sounds of gunshots were “firecrackers”.

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Hotel Raintree double rape: Trial proceeding at snail’s pace

File Photo: Shafat Ahmed (on the front), one of the main accused in the Banani rape case, son of Dildar Ahmed, one of the owners of Apan Jewellers Dhaka Tribune

All 5 accused out on bail

Three and half years have already elapsed since the rape of two private university students at The Raintree Dhaka hotel in Banani in 2017, but the trial in the case is yet to be completed.

The trial is now pending with Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 due to non-appearance of witnesses and negligence of officials concerned, court sources said. Only 18 out of 47 prosecution witnesses have testified before the tribunal in the last three and half years.

The 18th prosecution witness Mahmadul Hasan, former Dhaka metropolitan magistrate, testified before the tribunal on October 14. Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing in the case till November 18.

Special Public Prosecutor Afroza Farhana Ahmed told this correspondent: “This is one of the very important cases but there is not much progress in the case due to absence of witnesses.”

There are allegations that prosecution witnesses are not turning up at the court due to threats against their lives by the families of the accused.

She also alleged that lawyers of the accused are wasting time by giving various excuses.

Denying allegations of negligence, the state lawyer said: “Trial proceedings are now being hampering as the two senior defence lawyers –Mosharraf Hossain Kajol and Mahabub Hossain—have contracted Covid-19.”

All five accused, including prime accused Shafat Ahmed, are currently roaming free life after being released on bail.

It has been reported that around 200,000 cases are pending with Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunals in 64 districts of the country. Among these cases, about 40,000 have been pending for more than five years.

Experts said the trials of cases filed under the Woman and Child Repression (Prevention) Act do not end easily, even though the law has a provision for a quick disposal of these cases.

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association President Advocate Salma Ali said the law requires such cases to be disposed of within 180 days, but there is no record of any cases being completed within the stipulated time.

Defendants in the cases are often influential and can manipulate the judiciary in many ways, she added.

According to the charge sheet of the Hotel Raintree rape case, the two private university students went to the hotel around 9:00pm after being invited to a birthday party on March 28, 2017. After the party ended around midnight, Shafat Ahmed and Shafat’s friend Nayem Ashraf raped the girls in two rooms.

Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain filmed the rape and bodyguard Rahmat Ali intimidated the girls, while Shadman Sakif refrained from informing the hotel authorities and police about the incident. 

Earlier, on July 13, 2017, the court started the trial through the framing of charges against the five accused. Of the accused, Shafat and Nayem were charged with raping the victims while Billal, Rahmat and Sakif

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Germany Warns on Tracing; Sanofi Plans Human Trial: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — The U.K. government imposed tougher curbs on London in a bid to contain a spike in new cases, while France set a curfew in Paris. European nations from Germany to Italy to the Czech Republic reported record increases in new infections.

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An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Translate Bio Inc. and French drug giant Sanofi elicited high levels of protective neutralizing antibodies in early-stage animal studies, clearing the way for a clinical trial to start later this year. Germany’s health minister warned that the nation’s tracing capacity is nearing its limit.

Singapore and Hong Kong will create a travel bubble that exempts people from both cities from quarantine, an agreement that will re-open links between Asia’s two premier financial hubs. India reported fewer than 70,000 cases for the fourth straight day, though daily infections are still higher than in the U.S.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases pass 38.5 million; deaths top 1.09 millionCovid’s deadly U.S. comeback widens, spreads to 46 statesWho’s succeeding against the coronavirus and why: QuickTakeRussia to miss Covid-19 vaccine goal amid production hurdlesEnergy demand will get a work-from-home boost this winterThe global economy is facing new fiscal cliffs

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Argentina Now Among Top Five Most-Infected Countries (9:12 a.m. NY)

A patchy lockdown that’s dragged on for 210 days has failed to spare Argentina from a late and aggressive outbreak of coronavirus.

Argentina passed Colombia as the most-infected country in Latin America after only Brazil and is currently number five globally in overall cases trailing the U.S., India, its northern neighbor and Russia. In total, 931,967 people have tested positive while 24,921 fatalities have been reported.

Germany Warns Tracing Capacity Near Limits (8:51 a.m. NY)

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s top health official warned that the recent surge in coronavirus infections is threatening Germany’s ability to track cases and check the spread of the disease.

“The problem is that day by day with increasing numbers our local authorities are not able any more to trace,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said Thursday during a Bloomberg webinar. “And then you lose track” and the numbers are increasing exponentially, he added.

Sanofi Plans Human Trial of mRNA Vaccine (8:14 a.m. NY)

Two doses of the candidate induced neutralizing antibodies “significantly higher” than those observed in Covid-19 patients as well as a response in infection-fighting T-cells in non-human primates, Translate Bio and Sanofi said in a statement.

The candidate is a so-called messenger RNA vaccine, which prompts the body to make a key protein from the virus, sparking an immune response. It’s based on technology similar to that used by one of the fastest-moving vaccine developers, Moderna Inc.

Sanofi is developing another coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline Plc. That shot is already in a clinical trial, and first results are expected in early December to support the start of a broader phase

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