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  • Week InAdvance: August 10, 2020

    • Monday, August 10, 2020

    Mon Aug 10 NPC continues in Beijing. | Tue Aug 11 Perseids meteor shower. | Wed Aug 12 BIS Covid webcast. | Thu Aug 13 SEC & MSRB outreach program for muni advisors. | Fri Aug 14 SEC's Form 13F due.   Many governments are further easing coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions to revive economic growth, while attempting to control any resurgence of Covid-19. Some, like Melbourne, Australia, are going in reverse as the grim reality of a prolonged pandemic remains a threat. The global death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 700,000. A key Japanese minister warned a major new virus wave is coming.

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  • Week InReview: August 7, 2020

    • Friday, August 7, 2020

    Not all face masks are created equal.   Face masks are a simple way to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 through talking, coughing or sneezing. But they need to be worn properly. While some types of masks are more effective than others, any face covering — even a bandana — is better than nothing. Here’s how different types of masks stack up, and how they are meant to be used.   How face masks work and which types offer the best Covid-19 protection — The Wall Street Journal

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  • Week InAdvance: August 3, 2020

    • Monday, August 3, 2020

    Mon Aug 3 Canada markets closed for civic holiday. | Tue Aug 4 Aspen Security Forum. | Wed Aug 5 SEC vote on requiring funds to revamp shareholder reports. | Thu Aug 6 SEACEN event in Kuala Lumpur. | Fri Aug 7 U.S. employment situation.   Many governments are cautiously easing Covid-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions to revive economic growth, while attempting to control any resurgence of the coronavirus; some are going in reverse. It’s all about the masks now. McDonald’s will require customers to wear face coverings in all of its U.S. restaurants starting Aug. 1. Major League Baseball’s new season may be in jeopardy after a raging outbreak among Miami Marlins players. Officials in Hong Kong have imposed their strictest restrictions yet after easing guidelines over the past month. Russia will begin phase 3 trials on thousands of people for a vaccine against Covid-19.

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