Panama Covid-19 update – a record number of tests announced today – 7,579 in one day – with 18.7% positive, with hopefully the large number of tests accounting for the 1,420 new cases announced. At the same time, 14 fatalities take us to 1,892 to date, with 23,588 active cases, 154 in ICU and 1,503 in other wards. The fatality rate continues at the relatively low level of 2.2%.
By the way, it seems that the (few) transatlantic flights arriving in Panama are mostly coming over empty (as the rules on entering the country are very tight).
23 August 2020
HONG KONG: CUSTOM AGENTS FOUND DOGS IN THIS YEAR’S LARGEST SEA SMUGGLING CASE
On 23 August, The Standard reported that Custom officials suspect dog owner who returned to mainland of asking smugglers to send their dogs back for reunions (and avoid quarantine) as, in Hong Kong’s largest sea smuggling case this year, seized HK$37 million worth of goods and 12 dogs with chips embedded in their bodies.
TURKEY: ARTWORK SEIZED IN SUSPECTED ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE A PAINTING BY WORLD-FAMOUS ITALIAN ARTIST FILIPPO PALIZZI
On 23 August, Yeni Safak reported that Turkish security forces caught alleged artwork traffickers on Saturday suspected of attempting to smuggle a painting signed by world-famous Italian artist Filippo Palizzi.
PAKISTAN ISSUES CONSOLIDATED LIST OF SANCTIONED INDIVIDUALS
As Pakistan attempts to get itself off the FATF grey list and imposes sanctions on large numbers of suspected terrorists, Regulation Asia on 23 August reported that it has released a list of sanctioned individuals and entities, including leaders and members of banned terrorist groups. The sanctioned individuals on the consolidated list include key leaders of the 1993 and 2008 Mumbai bombings, and other designated organisations including the Afghan Taliban, Haqqani Network, Daesh, Al Qaeda, and others.
CHINA SUSPENDS MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT IN CRIMINAL MATTERS BETWEEN THE US AND HONG KONG
On 22 August, Jurist reported the move as a reaction to the US government suspending 3 bilateral agreements with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government.
US LAWSUIT SAID TO DETAIL HOW HALKBANK ASSISTED IRAN IN EVADING GLOBAL OIL SANCTIONS
A post on Kenneth Rijock’s blog on 22 August said that details have emerged regarding the methods that Turkish government-owned Halkbank used to assist Iran in the illegal sale of billions of dollars of oil, as a US District Court entered an order last month unsealing the court file in the suit against the bank, and making it available for review by the public – the order is reproduced in the post.
3M AND AMAZON COLLABORATE TO TAKE DOWN FRAUDULENT RESPIRATOR SELLERS
On 23 August, Tamebay reported that 3M and Amazon have announced that they had reached a resolution regarding the selling of overpriced, fake, defective, and damaged N95 Respirators on Amazon being falsely advertised under the 3M Brand.