Day: April 27, 2020

Airlines say two-week quarantine plan ‘will kill’ international travel

Ministers have been warned plans to impose a 14-day quarantine on passengers arriving at British airports will “effectively kill international travel” and “cause immeasurable damage” to the aviation industry and wider economy.

The unilateral move by the Government, criticised as part of a “global patchwork” of uncoordinated measures, “will be incredibly damaging for consumer confidence”, bosses said.

This weekend the Telegraph reported that the Government is drawing up plans to segregate travellers for up to a fortnight. 

Passengers who fail to remain at an address given to authorities will face large fines under an initiative overseen by Priti Patel, the

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Japan approval for remdesivir expected ‘soon,’ Abe says

TOKYO — Japan is on the verge of initiating a fast-track approval process for Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir to treat patients infected by the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday.

Japan’s health ministry will place remdesivir on a shortened authorization track once another nation certifies the drug to treat COVID-19. Results from international clinical trials are expected shortly.

Abe told legislators in parliament he expected the drug to qualify for approval “soon.” That would make remdesivir the first treatment approved in Japan for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Remdesivir was developed by U.S. drugmaker

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Honda sponsors esports matchups between NHL players

Dive Brief:

  • The National Hockey League (NHL) is teaming up with ESL Gaming to host a virtual esports gaming challenge featuring players from all 31 league teams pitted against one another as they play EA Sports NHL 20, according to details shared with Marketing Dive. The program is sponsored by NHL official automotive partner Honda.
  • The first NHL Player Gaming Challenge presented by Honda launches on April 30 and will include a series of weekly matchups for broadcast on NBCSN​ and Sportsnet ONE and livestreamed on NHL’s Twitch and social channels​. Fans can follow along using the hashtag #HockeyAtHome.
  • As
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Google mulls slashing marketing budgets in half, hiring freezes for H2

Dive Brief:

  • Google could cut its marketing budgets by as much as half in H2, along with enacting hiring freezes for full-time and contract employees, according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.
  • An email from a global director at the tech giant said that there are “budget cuts and hiring freezes happening across marketing and across Google,” and that the director’s team — along with the rest of Google’s marketing department — ​had been “asked to cut our budget by about half for H2.”
  • A Google spokesperson confirmed to CNBC that some areas of the company’s business are experiencing
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