02 December 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • American study finds signs of coronavirus in US before China outbreak (Today Online)
  • Canada, struggling to control a second wave of coronavirus infections, announces additional stimulus (CNN)
  • Do masks work? Is Sweden better off? Here’s what lawmakers want to know about COVID (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • France’s COVID-19 hospitalizations below 28,000 for first time since early November (Reuters)
  • French president warns of steps to disuade holiday ski trips to Switzerland (The Hill)
  • India looks to resume Iran, Venezuela oil imports under Biden (Reuters UK)
  • India’s Covid-19 count on the verge of touching 95 lakh (Hindu Business Line)
  • Ireland eases COVID-19 restrictions starting Tuesday (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Japan residents to get free Covid-19 vaccine (France24)
  • Leaked documents from China reveal mishandling of COVID-19 pandemic in early stages (Business Today India)
  • Mask-wearing becomes compulsory indoors in the Netherlands (Irish Times)
  • Naked MEP leapt from window as Belgian police broke up orgy for breaking coronavirus rules (Telegraph)
  • Non-essential businesses reopen in Belgium (Mail Online UK)
  • Poland Inflation Eases In November (Business Insider)
  • Singapore firms double down on regional expansion, building of supply chain resilience: HSBC survey (Straits Times)
  • Spain’s Alhambra reopens for second time in 2020 (Mail Online UK)
  • Sweden’s Top Epidemiologist Says Herd Immunity Remains a Mystery (Bloomberg)
  • Sweden’s anti-lockdown experiment flopped. Now it faces a wave of pandemic pain. (Washington Post)
  • The new coronavirus wave in Japan is older and more serious, data show (The Straits Times All News)
  • The new virus wave in Japan is older and more serious, data shows (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • UK – ‘An insulting token gesture’: Boris Johnson announces £1,000 grants for ‘hard-hit’ pubs (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson defends England tier system and warns UK Government ‘cannot relax’ (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Boris Johnson encourages people to get tested before meeting with elderly relatives at Christmas (The Independent)
  • UK – Health Secretary Matt Hancock reveals his step-grandfather died of the virus (BBC)
  • UK – Tory rebellion overshadows passage of Boris Johnson’s new coronavirus rules (Politico.eu)
  • US – As virus again surges in California, race is a defining factor in nursing facilities, research shows (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – CDC MEDIA TELEBRIEFING: Update on COVID-19 (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – CDC expected to shorten coronavirus quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – CDC to shorten COVID-19 quarantine to 10 days, 7 with test (The Independent)
  • US – California is failing to provide free and equal education to all during pandemic, suit alleges (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Churches linked to dozens of coronavirus clusters in Massachusetts, but no new restrictions coming (Boston Herald)
  • US – Coronavirus was present in US earlier than initially thought: CDC scientists (The Hill)
  • US – Families allege California is failing to educate poor, minority students during pandemic (The Hill – All Regulation)
  • US – Iowa correctional officer dies after coronavirus diagnosis: report (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Louisiana’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continue their spike (seattlepi.com)
  • US – Michigan couple dies of Covid-19 just one minute apart (CNN)
  • US – NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2020 (NIAID)
  • US – November was Iowa’s deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic: Over 600 Iowans died of COVID-19 (Des Moines Register)
  • US – Nurse loses mom, husband to COVID-19 in Oklahoma. ‘Our family didn’t have to be gutted’ (Fresno Bee)
  • US – Ohio sets new record for daily hospitalizations at 585 (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – U.S. CDC reports 267,302 deaths from coronavirus (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Vast Majority of Pregnant Women with COVID-19 Won’t Have Complications, Study Finds (NIH Director’s Blog)
  • US – Who’s first in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine? CDC reveals priority list (star-telegram.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Amazon touts record holiday shopping sales amid COVID-19 (New York Post)
  • AstraZeneca partner sticks with 2 full dose regimen in India Covid trials (Business Standard India)
  • COVID Vaccine on Hacker Hit-list Again: AstraZeneca Targeted By North Korean Hackers (News18.com)
  • CWU suspends SABC strike for now (Citizen.co.za)
  • Coal India reports 3.4% rise in production to 52 mn tonnes in November (Business Standard India)
  • Coronavirus caller tune: Here’s how to stop it on Airtel, Jio, Vodafone and BSNL number (zeenews.com)
  • Covid vaccine: SII will not alter AstraZeneca vaccine dose, Dr Reddy’s begins India trials of Sputnik V (India Today)
  • EasyJet will CHARGE passengers to use overhead lockers: Customers slam airline over £24 each way fee to stow hand luggage (Mail Online UK)
  • Eni strikes deals to reopen Egypts Damietta LNG plant (Reuters)
  • Former Starbucks CEO Urges Small Business Owners to Petition for Coronavirus Relief (NewsMax.com)
  • Google, Facebook and Amazon Gain as Pandemic Reshapes Ad Spending (WSJ.com US Business)
  • Hero MotoCorp rises after Nov sales jump 14% YoY (Business Standard India)
  • Honda posts 55% rise in domestic sales in November at 9,990 units (Business Standard India)
  • Hyundai vehicle sales in U.S. fall 9 pct in Nov. (Yonhap News Agency)
  • I was given the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19. I had side effects. I’m grateful and I’m worried (The Independent)
  • In the latest proof of digital advertising’s meteoric rise, more than half of U.S. advertising spending is set to g… https://t.co/7cNDQxQEo1 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • JPMorgan may freeze some staff salaries, pay traders higher bonus: Report (Business Standard India)
  • L&T divests U.K based subsidiary’s arm to Rolls Royce for Rs 88.80 cr (Yahoo! India)
  • Libya’s NOC says Schlumberger agrees to tech transfer to reopen wells (NationalPost.com)
  • Local player shows flames at the Telkom Netball League (Benoni City Times)
  • Mazda Toyota Resumes Hiring for Production Workers (US News & World Report)
  • Mexico set to sign deal with Pfizer for delivery of Covid-19 vaccine (Business Standard India)
  • Moody’s – 2021 outlook for US states remains negative as pandemic continues to hamper revenue (Business Insider)
  • Panasonic launches new spilt ACs, claims to inhibit 99.99% coronavirus (Business Today India)
  • Ryanair UK to take over non-EU, domestic ops in 2021 (CH-Aviation)
  • SABC + ANC + Stella + Unions = Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (AllAfrica.com)
  • Samsung may discontinue Galaxy Note as COVID-19 hurts demand (New York Post)
  • Super Nintendo World to open Feb. 4 at USJ after long delay (Asahi.com)
  • Tesco to hand back £585m of pandemic business rates relief (Sky News Latest)
  • U.K. Approves Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine, a First in the West (NYT.com Main News)
  • UK becomes first country to approve Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine (Oneindia)
  • UOB reopens Singapore’s covered bond market (Finance Asia)
  • Visa Says U.S. Spending Growth Slowed Amid Surge in Virus Cases (Bloomberg)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
AIDS activism sharpened state and local response to coronavirus pandemic, Lightfoot saysChicago Sun-TimesChicago’s first openly gay mayor said there was a “straight line” between the two pandemics during a “virtual conversation” with other mayors to commemorate World AIDS Day 2020. Lessons learned decades ago from the activism spawned by the anemic…
Australia’s economy powers out of Covid-19 recessionFT.com – WorldSuccessful virus containment leads to strong recovery driven by household spending
Biden to present top economy advisers as pandemic threat worsensNationalPost.comWILMINGTON — U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will formally introduce his top economic policy advisers on Tuesday as his administration prepares to take power amid a slowing economic recovery hampered by the resurgent coronavirus pandemic….
Break in status quo can cure ‘violence pandemic’News24We have reached that time of the year that has become associated with intense campaigning against gender-based violence. The 16 Days of Activism, initiated by the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, sees countries around the globe…
Editorial: Is Japan PM going to give Diet a ‘winter break’ despite virus resurgence?Mainichi JPThe ongoing extraordinary session of the Japanese Diet is set to end on Dec. 5. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is going to close the session without extending its period, even despite the rapid resurgence of coronavirus infections in the country. The…
French ski resort protests against Covid-19 ban with Swiss flagsSwiss InfoThe mayor of Châtel, a French ski resort on the Swiss border, is unhappy with the French government’s decision to close ski areas. As a sign of protest, several Swiss flags have been displayed on the town hall for a couple of days. Swiss pistes are…
Housing market has helped economy through Covid-19 downturnNational Business ReviewASB chief economist Nick Tuffley says there is now no need now for RBNZ to go into negative territory.
Lawmakers unveil bipartisan $900 billion coronavirus stimulus packageCNBCCNBC's Ylan Mui reports on a new bipartisan proposal in the Senate to provide relief to individuals and businesses during the pandemic.
Madrid region inaugurates Covid-19 hospital, unions protest lack of staffThe Straits Times All NewsDecember 02, 2020 6:55 AM The 100-million-euro hospital will eventually have a capacity of 1,056 beds, including 48 intensive care beds.
Pandemic hurts economy less than feared, flipping MN budget projection from deficit to surplusTwinCities.comThe impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the state of Minnesota’s finances doesn’t appear to be as bad as initially feared. To be clear: Things are still iffy, and the state still faces a projected budget shortfall in two years, according to a new…
Geopolitical Impact
China gave COVID-19 vaccine candidate to Kim Jong Un and his family, U.S. analyst saidNationalPost.comChina has provided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his family with an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a U.S. analyst said on Tuesday, citing two unidentified Japanese intelligence sources….
Globalization Is Alive and Kicking in Trade’s Big 2020 ComebackBloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — The Covid-19 pandemic was supposed to put the final nail in the coffin of globalization and prompt a retreat into a new era of protectionism. Instead, some are now calling the crisis…
Hong Kong jewelers rush to mainland China for survivalNikkei Asian ReviewHONG KONG — After suffering back-to-back blows from protests and the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong jewelers have drastically expanded their presence on mainland China to offset plummeting demand from tourists at home. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group…
Josh Frydenberg wants Australians to go shopping to counter China’s trade sanctionsMail Online UKTreasurer Josh Frydenberg wants Australians to go shopping to boost economy He pointed out consumption made up 60 per cent of gross domestic product Consumer spending also contributed lot more to the economy than net exports Australia is now out of…
NATO must adapt to global, not just Russian, threats – reportMail Online UKBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – NATO must significantly broaden its scope to help deal with climate change, future pandemics and terrorism while focusing on new security threats from China, a new high-level report commissioned by the…
NATO must adapt to global, not just Russian, threats: reportYahoo! IndiaBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO must significantly broaden its scope to help deal with climate change, future pandemics and terrorism while focusing on new security threats from China, a new high-level report commissioned by the military…
Nato walking a fine line between staying put and withdrawing from AfghanistanAbu Dhabi NationalSecretary-general Jens Stoltenberg warns of the danger of disorderly troop withdrawal Dec 1, 2020 December 1, 2020 Nato faces some “hard decisions” in 2021 over potentially ending its two-decade presence in Afghanistan, its secretary-general Jens…
North Korean hackers have targeted at least six pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., the U.K. and South Korea work… https://t.co/KCkVC0v2DhWSJ – TwitterNorth Korean hackers have targeted at least six pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., the U.K. and South Korea working on Covid-19 treatments https://on.wsj.com/37GADfJ
Poll shows Canadians see India as an opportunity, China as a threatHindustan TimesThere is an increase in the number of Canadians viewing India’s growing economic power as an opportunity, while more and more of them now see China’s rise in the domain as a threat. These are among the findings of a national opinion poll conducted by…
UK approves Covid-19 vaccine for use ahead of US and EUFinancial Times – UK HomepageDoses of BioNTech/Pfizer shot to be delivered in ‘coming days’ after emergency authorisation by regulator
Cybersecurity Impact
Cybersecurity Lessons from the ProtectionSecurity Bloggers NetworkTo paraphrase an old saying: “One person’s prevention is another person’s protection.” This may well apply to the wearing of masks during the pandemic, the efficacy of which is still being hotly debated by some. Having gone through various…
Defence minister warns of cyber criminals using coronavirus to target AustraliansBernamaCANBERRA, Dec 2 – Authorities have disrupted a ring of cybercriminals using coronavirus-themed scams to target Australians, reports Xinhua news agency. Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds, on Wednesday, revealed that the Australian Signals…
Disruption in Cyber Security Marketing – The Right SecuritySeclists.org – Data LossPosted by Destry Winant on Dec 01…
Ex-tax official arrested over pandemic relief fund fraud caseAsahi.comOSAKA–A former National Tax Agency official is under arrest over suspicions of his involvement in the fraudulent receipt of more than 100 million yen ($956,900) in government pandemic relief money. Yoshiaki Yamamoto, a tax accountant in Osaka’s…
Federal agencies warn that hackers are targeting US think tanksThe HillThe FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned Tuesday that major hacking groups are targeting U.S. think tanks. The agencies put out an alert noting that advanced persistent threat…
IT Firms and Services are Under Greater Risk of CyberattacksCywareAnother wave of cyberattacks on IT organizations that are already under pressure due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Top firms attacked In the duration of a few weeks, several IT organizations witnessed direct cyberattacks, impacting both their…
Maze Ransomware: An Infamous Cybercriminal Group Announces to Shut Down its OperationsLIFARS BlogIn a press release, a notorious cybercriminal group named Maze proclaims to shut down its operations. Ever since the announcement of its statement, there is a buzz going on about the seriousness of its claims. The group has announced its wind up…
Pandemic created new attack opportunities for cyber criminalsThe Asian Banker113 Views Print By Neeti Aggarwal Recent cyber-crime trends show that criminals have been creative in exploiting emerging vulnerabilities and opportunities. To set up effective and resilient defence, banks need to build an integrated leadership driven…
With covid-19 vaccines coming, federal investigators grow wary of fraudWashington PostInvestigators at the Department of Homeland Security are bracing for a new wave of fraud attempts from criminal groups that they expect will seek to take advantage of the extraordinary demand for doses of the covid-19 vaccine. Pfizer and Moderna, the…
helpnetsecurity – Pandemic thinking: what if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware? https://t.co/bwzJqO9qHH – @WaterfallSecure… https://t.co/tIQkbuRqt1helpnetsecurity – TwitterPandemic thinking: what if there were a vaccine for OT ransomware? https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/11/30/vaccine-ot-ransomware/ – @WaterfallSecure #cybersecurity #infosecurity #itsecurity…

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