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Swedish virus expert says ‘no point’ in face masks, as Madeira makes them mandatory

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Sweden’s leading coronavirus expert has dismissed the effectiveness of face masks as the country’s Covid-19 rates continue to tumble.

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has been a staunch defender of Sweden’s controversial decision not to go into lockdown during the pandemic, even when the Swedish mortality rate far outstripped that of neighbouring Scandinavian nations like Norway and Finland, where much stricter measures were imposed.

Now, with the number of new infections having fallen rapidly over the course of July, Mr Tegnell has backed the Swedish government’s decision not to implement rigid face masks rules that could prevent a

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Macau casinos see deepening losses as virus slams China travel

By Farah Master

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Casinos in the world’s biggest gambling hub Macau are staring at heavy losses for the second quarter, with “not much hope” for a near-term recovery as a resurgence in coronavirus cases muddies the outlook for when China will reinstate travel visas.

Visitors from greater China make up for over 90% of Macau’s tourists, but given travel has dried up amid the health crisis, Morgan Stanley warns casinos in the special administrative region could rack up losses of $1 billion over April to June.

The Las Vegas Sands unit, Sands China, said it flipped

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Tokyo Says Stay Home, Trump Warns Crisis to Worsen: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Tokyo’s governor told residents to avoid unnecessary trips outdoors over a holiday weekend amid rising numbers of infections in Japan’s capital. Australia, once hailed as a success in containing the virus, hit a daily record for infections.

President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. outbreak will probably get worse before it gets better. The U.S. accused two Chinese hackers of working with Beijing to steal coronavirus research from Western companies.

Aviation regulators in the European Union and Singapore are working together to establish health safety measures for air travel.

Global Tracker: Cases pass 14.9 million; deaths top 616,000First … Read more

H.K. to Shut Schools; Australia Restricts Travel: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong will close schools again and Australia is tightening inbound travel as governments react to spiking infections in the coronavirus outbreak.

Tokyo notched a record increase in new cases with 243 infections while the daily tally of new U.S. cases topped 60,000 for the first time and infections in Mexico jumped by a record for a second straight day.

The World Health Organization said it is keeping an “open mind” on whether airborne transmission plays a major role in spreading the virus.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 12.2 million; deaths surpass 554,000Debate about airborne transmissions is

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AirAsia’s future in doubt due to virus; share price tumbles

The future of top regional budget carrier AirAsia is in “significant doubt” due to the collapse in demand for air travel caused by coronavirus, its auditor warned, sending its share price tumbling 18 percent on Wednesday.

The aviation industry is facing its biggest-ever crisis due to the pandemic, with airlines worldwide laying off huge numbers of staff while some have already gone out of business.

AirAsia, led by colourful chief executive Tony Fernandes, pioneered low-cost air travel across Asia in the early 2000s at a time of growing demand from a fast-emerging middle class.

But on Monday the debt-laden Malaysian

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