09 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘Crisis point’: UK, US and Germany all record staggering daily death tolls (ABC Online)
  • Australia rushes into action after discovery of virus variant (The Straits Times All News)
  • COVID-19 variant from South Africa found in Alberta (CTV News)
  • Can foreigners in China apply for COVID-19 vaccination? (Globaltimes.cn)
  • China ready to receive WHO experts to probe COVID-19 origin but still silent on timeline (Economic Times)
  • Geographic Negative Correlation of Estimated Incidence between First and Second Waves of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy (MDPI)
  • Germany’s coronavirus vaccine side deal at odds with ‘legally binding’ EU pact (Politico.eu)
  • Germany’s vaccination campaign picks up speed (Deutsche Welle)
  • Increased Psychological Distress, Loneliness, and Unemployment in the Spread of COVID-19 over 6 Months in Germany (MDPI)
  • India signs Rs 2,113 crore loan pact with Japan to support COVID-19 relief efforts (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Indonesia reports new COVID-19 infections above 10,000 for second day (Bernama)
  • Saudi Arabia to resume international travel from March 31 (The Gulf Today)
  • Sweden passes law allowing coronavirus lockdowns after months of shunning such measures (Washington Post)
  • Sweden’s new coronavirus law allows it to order shops to close (Politico.eu)
  • TIMELINE : 10 months of Covid-19 in SA (IOL)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. (NationalPost.com)
  • Traveling to Spain during What you need to know before you go (MSN Canada)
  • UK – Analysis: Time for stricter border measures without excuses from Scottish Government (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Boris Johnson begs families to stay home and Chris Witty appears in TV ad as part of new campaign (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – How Matt Hancock, Michael Gove and Chris Whitty convinced Boris Johnson to close schools (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Vaccine supply data to be kept secret after ‘judgements’ on workload from Scottish Government (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Whose world will we be living in next winter, Boris Johnson’s or Chris Whitty’s? (Telegraph)
  • US – 25 have died of COVID-19 in Wisconsin prisons, with more than half of inmates infected (Chicago Tribune)
  • US – Arizona hospitals see record COVID-19 patient count (Mail Online UK)
  • US – CDC: Nevada has one of lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – CDC’s Redfield warns storming of Capitol was a ‘surge event’ in coronavirus pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • US – California budget urges $90 billion for schools, reopening (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Connecticut reports second COVID-19 inmate death since new year; 15th since pandemic began (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Delaware sees first coronavirus fatality in pediatric patient: officials (FOXNews.com)
  • US – FRIDAY, JAN. 8: Five things to know about covid-19 in Arkansas (Arkansas Online)
  • US – Florida lawmakers, staff face new COVID-19 measures in return to Capitol (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – Hawaii hospitals brace for possible rise in COVID-19 patients (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – How are courts in Minnesota coping with the pandemic? (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – More than half of coronavirus cases spread by asymptomatic carriers, CDC model shows (FOXNews.com)
  • US – No evidence homegrown variant is fueling coronavirus surge in the US, CDC says (CNN)
  • US – These researchers predicted California’s COVID-19 surge. Here’s when they think it will end (star-telegram.com)
  • US – U.S. CDC says priority COVID-19 vaccination groups may overlap (NationalPost.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • WRC: United Kingdom’s spot on the 2021 calendar replaced by Belgium (BBC)
  • What are the chances of getting to Spain in May? (The Independent)
Actions by Companies
  • Airbus remains world’s top plane maker with 566 deliveries in 2020 (Abu Dhabi National)
  • American Airlines mechanic crews plead for help amid COVID-19 outbreaks (Dallas Morning News)
  • BMW India sales decrease 31% to 6,604 units in 2020 amid pandemic crisis (Business Standard India)
  • BT announces free unlimited mobile data for families with no internet access (Mail Online UK)
  • China orders local media to censor Alibaba coverage, says report (Business Standard India)
  • Chip shortage forces Nissan to cut Note compact car production (Today Online)
  • Commerzbank to write off US$1.8b, lift bad loan reserve (Business Times Singapore)
  • Coronavirus vaccine sparking small business optimism in Florida: Former McDonald’s USA CEO (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Covid-19 wrap: UK bans travel from 11 African countries, record deaths in US, Sinovac vaccine declared halaal (News24)
  • Cuomo: New York to give COVID-19 shots to next group, but effort will take months (Newsday)
  • Explained: Why Amazon is buying planes to expand its air fleet (Indian Express)
  • Ford asks Health Canada to approve AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (Global News Canada)
  • Glencore Is Close to Selling Troubled Zambian Copper Mine (Bloomberg)
  • Global semiconductor shortage causes Ford and Nissan to cut vehicle production (CNBC)
  • Hyundai Motor sparks confusion over electric car tie-up with Apple (Business Standard India)
  • Indonesia: New daily Covid-19 record, total cases top 800,000; clerics declare Sinovac’s virus vaccine halal (thestar.com.my)
  • Jenks Neighborhood Walmart closes today for cleaning, restocking; reopening set for Sunday (Tulsa World)
  • LEGO brings a touch of nature home (Jakarta Post)
  • LG sees record fourth quarter earnings on solid home appliance sales (Business Standard India)
  • Maybank sees faster inflation, steady interest rates this year (MSN Philippines)
  • Petrobras (PBR) Draws Record Oil in 2020 Despite Coronavirus (Zacks.com)
  • Pfizer raises hopes vaccine can fight new strains found in Britain and South Africa (South China Morning Post)
  • Pfizer’s shot seems to work against virus mutation (The Straits Times All News)
  • Retailers including CVS, Kroger, Walgreens, and Walmart aim to speed up coronavirus vaccine administration (Business Insider)
  • Ryanair Cuts Full-Year Traffic Forecast from 35 to 26 Million for 2021 Due to Covid-19 Pandemic (Yahoo! Canada)
  • Samsung sees profit growth for ‘20 (Manila Times)
  • Sinovac drug 78% effective in Brazil trial; experts say more details needed (The Straits Times All News)
  • Starbucks CEO on new stores and overcoming Covid-19 disruption (New Zealand Herald)
  • WestJet slashing jobs, cutting 100s of flights amid coronavirus restrictions (Global News Canada)
  • What is the difference between the Covid vaccines? Pfizer, Oxford and Moderna explained (MSN New Zealand)
  • When will AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine be available in the US? (Business Insider)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • 6-month consequences of COVID-19 in patients discharged from hospital: a cohort study (Lancet)
  • A new year, but familiar challenges from COVID-19 in the USA (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Biden to speed release of coronavirus vaccines (star-telegram.com)
  • Biden to speed release of coronavirus vaccines, ending Trump practice of holding back shots for second dose (ABC News)
  • BioNTech soars 7% after its vaccine appears to work against new variants of COVID-19 (Clusterstock)
  • Frustration in Europe over pace of coronavirus vaccine rollout (CNN)
  • How do SARS-CoV-2 antibodies change over time in recovered patients? (News-Medical.Net)
  • Long-term follow-up of recovered patients with COVID-19 (Lancet)
  • Nurse catches Covid three weeks AFTER getting vaccine (Mail Online UK)
  • Ohio reports 9,535 new coronavirus cases; 29,028 more vaccinations: Friday update (Cleveland.com)
  • Prevalence and risk factors for delirium in critically ill patients with COVID-19 (COVID-D): a multicentre cohort study (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Researchers develop a low-cost, saliva-optimized RT-LAMP assay for faster detection of SARS-CoV-2 (News-Medical.Net)
  • Sedation in mechanically ventilated patients with COVID-19 (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • UK regulators approve use of 3rd vaccine against coronavirus (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • WHO panel approves delaying time between coronavirus vaccine doses (The Hill)
Societal & Economic Impact
Covid-19 Changed Everything About Travel Last Y…ADVFN DeutschlandST. PETERSBURG, Fla. , Jan. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Almost one year following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the travel landscape is still unrecognizable from years past. Using data from trips booked in 2020, travel insurance comparison website, Squ…
Covid-19 mortgage bailout improvement shrinkingCNBCCNBC's Diana Olick reports on how the Covid-19 mortgage bailout efforts.
Economy loses 140,000 jobs in December as unemployment holds at 6.7% amid COVID-19 spikes across U.S.Finanzen.netEmployers shed 140,000 jobs in December amid COVID-19 surges and new business restrictions.
Facing intensifying crises, Biden pledges action to address economy and pandemicThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 09, 2021 10:19 AM DELAWARE (NYTIMES) – President-elect Joe Biden on Friday (Jan 8) promised an accelerated response to a daunting and intensifying array of challenges as the economy showed new signs of weakness, the coronavirus pandemic killed…
Japan likely to increase subsidies for hospitals accepting coronavirus patientsThe Nation – ThailandA nurse provides care to a patient infected with the novel coronavirus at a hospital in Fukuoka on Dec. 23, 2020. (The Yomiuri Shimbun) Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expressed an intention to increase government subsidies for hospitals accepting…
Legal group fights B.C. government’s COVID-19 rules on protests and places of worshipNationalPost.comVANCOUVER — A legal advocacy group is challenging the British Columbia government's COVID-19 restrictions on worship services and public protests, arguing they violate people's rights and freedoms….
N China city suspends public transport to stem COVID-19 resurgenceXinhua News AgencySHIJIAZHUANG, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — Public transportation, including buses, subways and taxis, has been suspended indefinitely in the city of Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province, local authorities said Saturday. The move came after a…
Singapore’s contact-tracing app can be used by police but only for serious offencesSouth China Morning PostIt was last week revealed that police can obtain TraceTogether data for criminal investigations under the Criminal Procedure Code The government had earlier given assurances that the data would be used solely for contact-tracing purposes to combat…
U.S. Capitol riot: Biden focused on COVID-19 pandemic response as Democrats plan to impeach TrumpGlobal News CanadaU.S. president-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that he’s focused on doing his job and prioritizing the pandemic response when asked about House Democrats’ intention to move forward with articles of impeachment against U.S. President Trump on Monday in…
US jobs plunge by 140,000 in last month of 2020, evidence of a faltering economy plagued by COVID-19New York Daily NewsThe hard financial news marked the first U.S. loss of jobs since April, with the worst hits taken by restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment venues — all businesses affected deeply by COVID-19 restrictions. The Labor Department reported a loss of…
Geopolitical Impact
China fumes, accuses US of ‘crazy provocation’ after Amb. Craft announces Taiwan visitFOXNews.comThe Chinese communist government on Friday released a furious statement condemning the planned visit by U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft to Taiwan — accusing the U.S. of a "crazy provocation" and warning that it will pay a "heavy price" for the visit. "Th…
China mulls India’s proposal to end plight of stranded crewThe StatesmanThe Chinese authorities have indicated to India that they were considering the option suggested by New Delhi of alternative modes of crew change at sea of the two cargo vessels on which 39 Indian sailors have been stuck for months in China, External…
Geopolitical risks begin here at homeMinneapolis Star TribuneAs President-elect Joe Biden prepares for foreign crises, political analysts see the need to address domestic divisions in America. Every incoming president prepares to deal with crises in strife-torn capitals. Unfortunately for President-elect Joe…
India aims to use coronavirus ‘vaccine diplomacy’ to counter China, but is it jumping the gun?South China Morning Post – NewsAs millions of Indians wait to get inoculated against Covid-19, New Delhi is also keen to supply vaccines to its neighbours to bolster its geopolitical importance in the region. But it is also facing criticism about the potential risks involved in…
Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officer dies of COVID-19Des Moines RegisterAn Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officer died from COVID-19 Friday morning. Conservation Officer Steve Reighard died around 10 a.m. after battling the virus in the hospital for weeks, DNR spokesman Alex Murphy confirmed with the…
Cybersecurity Impact
Culture Clash: When Cybersecurity Teams Fall ShortForbes.comCaroline Wong is the Chief Strategy Officer at  Cobalt.io , a cybersecurity company with a focus on pentest as a service. In our socially distanced new normal, company culture is back in the spotlight. Early in the pandemic, Gartner found that 88% of…
Episode 199 COVID’s Other Legacy: Data Theft and Enterprise InsecurityThe Security Ledger – RSSIn this episode of the podcast (#199), sponsored by LastPass, we talk with Sareth Ben of Securonix about how massive layoffs that have resulted from the COVID pandemic put organizations at far greater risk of data theft. In our second segment,…
Equifax to Tackle E-Commerce Fraud With $640 Million Kount DealBloombergOnline shopping has accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic Credit-reporting firm expects deal to close in first quarter agreed to acquire , which offers fraud protection for e-commerce retailers, for $640 million. The transaction is expected to close…
How Working From Home Has Changed Cybersecurity Awareness TrainingSecurity IntelligenceSome of the most surprising news coming out of 2020 — a year when it seemed like there was a major breaking story every day — is the number of data breaches decreased during the first nine months of the year. This is the exact opposite of what experts…
InfoSecHotSpot – Episode 199 COVID’s Other Legacy: Data Theft and Enterprise Insecurity In this episode of the podcast (#199), spons… https://t.co/NVZ489DZRCInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterEpisode 199 COVID’s Other Legacy: Data Theft and Enterprise Insecurity In this episode of the podcast (#199), sponsored by LastPass, we talk with Sareth Ben of Securonix about how massive layoffs that have resulted from the COVID pandemic put…
InfoSecHotSpot – New Year, New Cybersecurity: 6 Tools To Keep Your Laptop Safe in 2021 Despite a worldwide pandemic, cyber attackers… https://t.co/a9WaIAu445InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterNew Year, New Cybersecurity: 6 Tools To Keep Your Laptop Safe in 2021 Despite a worldwide pandemic, cyber attackers continue to penetrate our defenses. 6 tools to keep your laptop safe from cyber hackers this 2021 … https://binged.it/3bkfMlD…
Ransomware Attack Costs Health Network $1.5m a DayInfosecurity – Latest NewsRansomware Attack Costs Health Network $1.5m a Day A cyber-attack on a Vermont healthcare provider has delayed the rollout of an electronic health record (EHR) system and cost millions of dollars in lost revenue.  The University of…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Cybersecurity – Week 2SentinelOneThe Good We always like to highlight law enforcement victories where possible, and it’s especially satisfying when the crime is so ‘dark’. This week, Essex Police in the UK arrested an individual responsible for extorting close to 600 victims…
What IT leaders need to prioritize to protect against cyberattacksSeclists.org – Data LossPosted by Destry Winant on Jan 08…

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