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COVID-19 Alert – 07 July 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • As Italy slowly loosens coronavirus restrictions, it’s deep cultural heritage is making a comeback (CBS News)
  • Australia’s 2nd largest city foils nation’s pandemic success (star-telegram.com)
  • Beach in Spain seen nearly empty as country fights coronavirus (Mail Online UK)
  • Belgium not reopening to non-EU countries yet (Politico.eu)
  • COVID-19 among Health Workers in Germany and Malaysia (MDPI)
  • China caused great damage to US, world: Trump on COVID-19 pandemic (Beijingbulletin.com)
  • Coronavirus spreads to every district of India (India Today)
  • Five per cent of Spain’s population exposed to COVID-19 (ABC Online)
  • Fruit pickers in Spain on frontlines of pandemic (Deutsche Welle)
  • Impact and response of businesses in Australia to COVID-19 (Australian Policy Online)
  • India overtakes Russia to becomes third worst-hit country worldwide (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Indonesia unveils $40 billion bond scheme to fund recovery from pandemic (indonesianews.net)
  • Japan’s household spending slumps at record rate (BBC News – Business)
  • Mexico’s coronavirus pandemic could last until next April -health official (NationalPost.com)
  • New Zealand takes part in an international Covid-19 study (Radio New Zealand)
  • Portugal sees 26% growth in internet domain registrations (Telecompaper)
  • Spain ‘very far’ from herd immunity (Deutsche Welle)
  • Spain shuts down northwest region after Covid-19 surge (France24)
  • Switzerland awash with ventilators after coronavirus… (Mail Online UK)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, July 6 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson: Care homes didn’t follow procedures correctly during coronavirus outbreak (Telegraph)
  • UK – Boris Johnson: too many care homes didn’t follow coronavirus procedures – video (The Guardian)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak urged to give every Scot a £500 voucher to spend on high street (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Wales further eases lockdown as first minister criticises Boris Johnson (The Guardian)
  • UK – Will the honeymoon soon be over for Rishi Sunak? (Telegraph)
  • US – Biden campaign: Meadows agreeing virus is mostly ‘harmless’ shows ‘rotten values’ of Trump administration (The Hill)
  • US – CDC guidelines on visiting those at higher risk of COVID-19 infection (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – Delaware Extends COVID-19 Court Restrictions To Aug. 6 (Law360)
  • US – Driver’s licenses, pools and more: Where is Kentucky in Beshear’s COVID-19 reopening plan? (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • US – Government Officials Say States Like Texas, Arizona Reopened Too Quickly Despite Coronavirus Warnings (International Business Times)
  • US – NIAIDNews – RT @NIH: Today’s the day! Join us at 2:30 pm ET as we go live with @NIHDirector Dr. Francis Collins & @NIAIDNews Director Dr. Anthony Fauci… (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – Ohio extends unemployment benefits during COVID-19 pandemic (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • US – Ohio’s COVID-19 spike may now be showing up in more hospitalizations (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • US – Prescriptions for two malaria drugs more than doubled early in COVID-19 outbreak, CDC says (UPI)
  • US – Trump administration discloses details on $521.5 billion in virus aid (AmericanBanker.com)
  • US – WH press secretary touts Trump administration for ‘very low’ U.S. COVID-19 mortality rate (Global News Canada)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
 
Actions by Companies
 
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Assessment of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 after recovery (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Black people are not being targeted for UK coronavirus vaccine trials (Reuters)
  • Coronavirus Researchers Compete to Enroll Subjects for Vaccine Tests (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Coronavirus Vaccine Likely To Be Limited, Fauci Says (International Business Times)
  • CytoDyn To Supply Leronlimab For Treatment Of COVID-19 For Distribution By Ameri… (Nasdaq)
  • NIH and DBT to review vaccine candidates for Covid-19 this week (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in Spain (ENE-COVID): a nationwide, population-based seroepidemiological study (Lancet)
  • Regeneron Starts Phase 3 Trial for Coronavirus Antibody Cocktail (Contract Pharma)
  • Spain’s coronavirus antibodies study adds evidence against herd immunity (CNN)
  • US moving remdesivir supplies to COVID-19 hotspots (Pharmafile)
  • Vaccine Warning; Atlanta Mayor Tests Positive: Virus Update (Washington Post)
  • Volunteer speaks on being first human coronavirus vaccine trials (Mail Online UK)
 
Societal & Economic Impact
Connecticut residents received nearly $2.7 billion in federal stimulus payments during the coronavirus pandemic
Hartford Courant
Economic Impact Payments, often referred to as stimulus checks, were authorized in March as part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act and included a one-time cash payment up to $1,200 to single adults with…
Councils urged to reduce protests during pandemic
BBC
Police were stationed at George Square last month ahead of an anti-racism protest A senior police officer has urged local authorities to help reduce the number of protests and counter-protests held across Scotland. In a strongly worded letter, Deputy…
Curb climate change, protect environment to prevent future pandemics, countries told
The Straits Times All News
July 07, 2020 9:03 AM NAIROBI (REUTERS) – Land degradation, wildlife exploitation, intensive farming and climate change are driving the rise in diseases that, like the coronavirus, are passed from animals to humans, United Nations experts said on…
Japan’s household spending drops at record pace as virus hits economy
Today Online
TOKYO – Japan's household spending fell at the fastest pace on record in May as consumers heeded authorities' calls to stay home to contain the coronavirus pandemic, pushing the world's third-largest economy deeper into decline.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Protesters spreading virus
Washington Times
ANALYSIS/OPINION: It does not take a rocket scientist to connect the timings of the coronavirus surges with the recent mass protests against the police. That there are huge convergences of people who are in all sorts of close physical contact should…
Mississippi governor blames ‘liberal media’ for not linking coronavirus surge to protests
The Hill
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Monday accused the "liberal media" of blaming increasing coronavirus cases on family gatherings rather than protests, despite data indicating no spikes in the cities that saw the largest demonstrations. “Liberal…
Ohio extends unemployment benefits during COVID-19 pandemic
Cincinnati Enquirer
An additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits will be available to out-of-work Ohioans during the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi unemployment falls in first quarter, but before coronavirus impact
Reuters UK
DUBAI (Reuters) – Unemployment among Saudi Arabian citizens in the first quarter fell below 12% for the first time in four years, official figures released on Tuesday showed, but they did not capture the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Unemployment…
Transforming the economy after COVID–19
Australian Policy Online
Description The COVID-19 crisis could mark a turning point in the direction of the UK’s economy and its efforts to address the climate and nature crisis. The economy is in need of significant intervention to halt rising and long-term unemployment, to…
We could see a rise in diseases like COVID-19 because of climate change
Global News Canada
Zoonotic diseases, those passed from animal to human like the coronavirus, could become more common if countries don’t combat climate change and other environmental issues.
Geopolitical Impact
4 views on the shape of global cooperation in the time of COVID-19
World Economic Forum
The COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges to governments and institutions around the world. To address urgent public health and economic needs, stakeholders are coordinating and forming new partnerships—in some instances led by international…
China urges U.S. to stop political maneuvering over COVID-19
Pekingpress.com
BEIJING, July 6 (Xinhua) — Rebutting U.S. politicians' slanderous remarks, China on Monday urged the United States to respect facts and stop political maneuvering over COVID-19. Chinese For
Donald Trump accuses China of causing ‘great damage’ to United States, world
zeenews.com
New Delhi: Upping the ante against Beijing over its handling of COVID-19 outbreak and border row with several nations, US President Donald Trump on Sunday (July 6) said China has caused great damage to the United States and the rest of the world. "Chi…
India engaging with China through diplomatic, military channels: FS
Daily Excelsior.com
NEW DELHI: India is engaging with China through diplomatic and military channels, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Monday, asserting that if there is no communication with that country, then the Sino-India border situation would be…
N. Korea’s paper says border control tightened to fight virus
Korea Herald
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (KCNA-Yonhap) North Korea is beefing up its border control to prevent an outbreak of the coronavirus, the country's state newspaper said Tuesday, after leader Kim Jong-un called for "maximum alert" against the highly…
South China Sea on the boil, US Navy carries out drill
Chandigarh Tribune
Tokya, July 6 Two US Navy aircraft carriers are conducting exercises in the contested South China Sea within sight of Chinese naval vessels spotted near the flotilla, the commander of one of the carriers, the USS Nimitz, said on Monday. Tensions Run…
The Irish Times view on the dual threat of coronavirus and Brexit
Irish Times
In terms of getting detailed indicators on the state of the economy, what we have to date still gives an incomplete picture of the early hit from the Covid-19 crisis. However it is clear that the economy has been pushed into recession and that…
The wild economy: Changing the way we see and use wildlife and natural resources
Daily Maverick
For too long, we’ve got it wrong when it comes to conservation. Involving more people in the ‘wild economy’ will make the world a better place, and fortunately some, especially the young, are pointing us in the right direction. This article was first…
U.K.’s Global Trade Deals Still Pose a Huge Pre-Brexit Challenge
Bloomberg
By and British negotiators race to make up for loss of EU market Downside comes into play as pandemic puts nations on defensive The U.K.’s trade deal with the European Union isn’t the only massive project that British negotiators must contend with before…
US increasing naval presence in South China Sea as check on China
New York Post
The US ramped up its naval presence in the South China Sea, sending two aircraft carriers into the region in a show-of-force message to the Chinese Communist Party, according to a report. The USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz are steaming toward…
Without the support of India, China can’t face down Trump and the west
The Independent
China is mounting a humanitarian assistance blitz in its neighbouring nations, who are struggling with their own domestic epidemics – and seizing the chance to gain new allies. Brabim Karki writes T he relationships between both China and India and…
Cybersecurity Impact
Amid Global Crisis, Virus Frauds Are Thriving. How Can Individuals Protect Themselves From Cyberthreats?
International Business Times
It’s been more than half a year since the first coronavirus cases made it into the public eye, yet we seem to be nowhere near the end of this ongoing challenge. Life as we know it has changed, forcing us to move most of our activities at home,…
CyberScoopNews – How COVID-19 changed Cyber Command’s “Cyber Flag” exercise https://t.co/nktJGtd4hc by @shanvav https://t.co/E8KCMswQo4
CyberScoopNews – Twitter
How COVID-19 changed Cyber Command's "Cyber Flag" exercise https://hubs.ly/H0sb9c_0 by @shanvav https://twitter.com/CyberScoopNews/status/1280247255019278336/photo/1
Cybersecurity Lessons from the Data – Part 2
Security Bloggers Network
Having discussed issues relating to the collection and reporting of COVID-19 data in Part 1, we now turn to cyberspace, even though the jury is still out regarding much of the pandemic data. Equivalent situations to those described with respect to…
Early Covid-19 Tracking Apps Easy Prey For Hackers, And It Might Get Worse Before It Gets Better – Politico
SecurityPhresh
Early Covid-19 tracking apps easy prey for hackers, and it might get worse before it gets betterPolitico
GossiTheDog – RT @threatresearch: Ransomware attacks, in an era where people are locked down and trying to work remotely due to a pandemic, are an act of…
GossiTheDog – Twitter
RT @threatresearch: Ransomware attacks, in an era where people are locked down and trying to work remotely due to a pandemic, are an act of terrorism.

If you didn't have enough reasons to find ransomware criminals reprehensible, they're also vile,…

Hackers Spreading CryCryptor Ransomware Disguised as Canada’s COVID-19 App
Cyware
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry is being plagued by a myriad of cybersecurity-related issues. Recently, a brand-new malware family strain has arisen in Canada, targeting Android users and locking up personal photos and videos. Wh…
InfoSecHotSpot – 5 NSA-recommended strategies for improving your VPN security The US National Security Agency has noticed a surge in… https://t.co/t5wOdZgzRi
InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter
5 NSA-recommended strategies for improving your VPN security The US National Security Agency has noticed a surge in cyberattacks targeting VPNs since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people to work from home. https://tek.io/3e2hQMN…
Isolation hotel turnover remains NZ’s greatest Covid-19 vulnerability, expert warns
ONE News
Guests mingling inside isolation hotels remains the greatest risk to New Zealand's Covid-19 efforts, as the world continues to struggle to fight Covid-19, an expert says. Your playlist will load after this ad Professor Shaun Hendy talks about the…
Scammers, 4 days weeks and a whole new type of ransomware
Radio New Zealand
Technology commentator Paul Spain is back to talk to Karyn about some of the big stories in technology news as the week kicks off. Invoicing scams have seen Team New Zealand and their sailmaker in the news and a new type of ransomware is targeting…
Under-fire National MP Hamish Walker admits involvement in Covid-19 patient data leak … read more
stuff.co.nz
Under-fire National MP Hamish Walker has admitted to passing on the private details of Covid-19 patients to media. Walker said he did this to expose Government shortcomings and he has been advised that what he did was not criminal. But he has…

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