The Netherlands and Austria will send 120 ventilators to the Czech Republic, which is reporting record levels of new Covid-19 cases, the European Commission said. The Dutch are providing 105 machines, while Austria is sending 15 ventilators and 30 high-flow nasal oxygen therapy devices. Last week, Prague called for 150 ventilators to meet the surge.
Singapore’s health ministry said it would test all employees of Changi Airport Terminal 3 after a security officer and a health worker tested positive for coronavirus. “Both cases were detected under our enhanced community testing,” the ministry said in a statement. “While both cases work at [the terminal] they had not interacted with each other,” the ministry noted.
Dubai’s government announced a Dh500m ($136m) stimulus package over the weekend aimed at reviving small businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The latest cash injection brings the total value of Covid-19-related stimulus for the second-largest of the United Arab Emirates to Dh6.8bn.
The autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao has the lowest infection rate in the country, the official Philippine News Agency reported on Sunday. Ameril Usman, acting regional health minister, attributed the low rate to “prompt reporting” and community engagement. Dr Usman said the region has recorded 1,538 Covid-19 cases as of Friday.
Franklin Templeton is on track to end 2020 with the highest year-to-date outflows of any asset management company globally, bleeding a net $41.6bn, according to Morningstar data. The coronavirus market shock also forced the fund house to liquidate six Indian mutual funds managing $3bn of assets.
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, insists the nation is making progress in tackling coronavirus as she set out plans for a five-tier system of alerts for different areas, along with support for businesses forced to close or reduce activities. She said slower rise in infections in recent weeks was a cause for optimism.
Foreign debt investors have flocked back into Egypt, reversing billions of dollars of outflows sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the country’s finance minister, Mohamed Maait. He said foreign investors now held more than $20bn in debt, reflecting confidence in the only regional economy that has grown this year.
US folk singer Arlo Guthrie has retired from touring after the pandemic interrupted a planned comeback following a stroke he suffered in 2016. The 73-year-old announced in a Facebook post that he would no longer perform live. “Going from town to town and doing stage shows, remaining on the road is no longer an option,” Mr Guthrie wrote.