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In US news, Politico reports that the Trump administration “failed to follow [the National Security Committee’s] pandemic playbook.”
EXCLUSIVE: White House national security officials prepared a “pandemic playbook” — a step-by-step guide to ensure testing, check on workers’ equipment, even consider the Defense Production Act.
The Trump administration ignored it. https://t.co/tykOlbW5Nh with @nahaltoosi
‘Is there sufficient personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who are providing medical care?’ the playbook instructs its readers, as one early decision that officials should address when facing a potential pandemic. ‘If YES: What are the triggers to signal exhaustion of supplies? Are additional supplies available? If NO: Should the Strategic National Stockpile release PPE to states?’
The Australian market has opened about 1.6% up even as more companies announced they were shutting down operations and standing down thousands of staff.
Job losses and stand-downs among Australian listed companies now total more than 65,000 since the middle of last week after retailer Premier Investments and travel agent Flight Centre laid off staff on Thursday morning.
Casino operator Star Entertainment Group was the biggest gainer among top 200 companies, rising more than 15% even though its operations are shut down due to the crisis.
Gold miner Northern Star Resources was the biggest loser, shedding 9% after it withdrew profit forecasts and cancelled its dividend.