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How East Insurance Regulators Are Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

As insurers continue to monitor the spread and impact of COVID-19, insurance regulators across the East region of the U.S. are issuing guidance on how the industry can respond. “There is almost no aspect of the insurance business that would …

FEMA Tackles COVID-19 While Also Facing Past Disasters, Spring Flood Season

It wasn’t until Wednesday, five days after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it was “leading the federal coordination” to the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.S. While the disaster-response agency is better …

Lloyd’s Closes London Underwriting Room in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

After conducting a successful stress-test last week of its electronic trading system, Lloyd’s has made the decision to close its underwriting room in response to the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, market insurers will no longer be able to conduct …

AIR Worldwide Estimates COVID-19 Global Deaths Could Rise 10K-30K by End of March

AIR Worldwide, the Boston-based catastrophe risk modeling firm, projected the number of severe cases of COVID-19 could range between 200,000 and 900,000 globally, with deaths ranging from 10,000 to 30,500, from now until April 1. During the same time period …

Catastrophe Bond Prices Signal Coronavirus Nearing Pandemic Status

The World Health Organization says the coronavirus isn’t yet a global pandemic. Bonds that insure against just such a catastrophe say that it probably is. The bonds, sold in 2017 by the World Bank to raise money for poor countries …

Cruise Ship Tests Coronavirus Containment as 300 Passengers Return to U.S.

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif./GENEVA, Feb 17 —More than 300 American cruise liner passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were flown home to military bases in the United States after two weeks under quarantine off Japan. The cruise …

Factbox: How Companies Are Reacting to Coronavirus

Companies around the world have warned that a coronavirus outbreak in China could disrupt supply chains or hurt bottom lines as factories and shops shut and airlines suspend flights. FINANCIAL IMPACT: * Apple gave a wider-than-usual revenue outlook range for …

As Economic Costs of Coronavirus Mount, China Accuses U.S. of Overreacting

The economic and diplomatic costs of China’s coronavirus epidemic mounted on Monday with investors knocking $400 billion off the value of stocks and the government accusing the United States of over-reacting to the outbreak and whipping up panic. The number …

Global Coronavirus Cases Soar to 10,000 as WHO Declares Health Emergency

The U.K. confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus on Friday, while the U.S. and Japan advised citizens to avoid traveling to China. Singapore suspended visas issued to Chinese citizens. Stocks fell in Europe and Asia as the virus continued …

Many Global Firms Face High Coronavirus Costs Due to Insurance Exclusions

Many global companies from hotels and airlines to industrial houses are expected to have to foot the bill for disruptions caused by a new coronavirus in China, with epidemics usually excluded from insurance cover, experts said. With 132 deaths in …