10 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • China consumer prices hit lowest level in more than a decade (FT.com – World)
  • Concern over government reaction to soaring COVID-19 numbers across Canada (Global News Canada)
  • Coronavirus Irish Government urged to introduce restrictions on travellers from Denmark (Belfast Telegraph)
  • Coronavirus in mink: Everything we know about the outbreak in Denmark (Telegraph)
  • Coronavirus mutation in Denmark ‘not new,’ but could still pose problems for new vaccines (FOXNews.com)
  • Covid-19 patients in Italy receive oxygen in their cars as hospitals run out of room (NBCNews.com)
  • India bid to expand alternative supply chain with Japan, Oz (Chandigarh Tribune)
  • India’s budget private schools struggle to survive amid Covid-19 (The Straits Times All News)
  • Indonesia banking on Australia’s $1b loan to tackle COVID-19 (Melbourne Age)
  • Iran’s daily COVID-19 infections top 10,000 (Al Arabiya)
  • Italy’s COVID-19 situation ‘out of control’ and a full lockdown is needed, health chiefs warn (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy’s business capital has become the center of a second wave of Covid-19, putting at risk the country’s economic… https://t.co/rt2ISIIuiL (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Italy’s business capital of Milan has become the center of a second wave of the coronavirus, putting at risk the co… https://t.co/uuzY3vEaFN (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Japan govt: 70,000 jobs lost due to coronavirus (News On Japan)
  • Japan’s top coronavirus panel warns of surge infections (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • More than 40% of people in Singapore expect to travel less after Survey (Today Online)
  • Portugal, Hungary hunker down against Europe’s virus surge (star-telegram.com)
  • Student clashes with police turn violent in France as coronavirus protests loom (Mail Online UK)
  • The latest numbers on COVID 19 in Canada for Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson outlines UK plans once coronavirus vaccine passes safety checks (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson rejects London business pleas for capital to exit lockdown earlier if coronavirus figures improve (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – Covid pandemic: Here’s what the Scottish government is doing to save our cultural sector – Fiona Hyslop (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Matt Hancock explains the coronavirus vaccine priority list (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – UK PM Boris Johnson discusses Pfizer vaccine, says to ‘wait and see’ (Global News Canada)
  • US – Another Idaho health district is overwhelmed. Utah gets a mask mandate. (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – Ben Carson is latest in Trump administration to test positive for COVID-19, reports say (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Biden’s coronavirus advisory board to include whistleblower demoted in Trump administration (CBC)
  • US – CDC study advises working from home when possible to reduce spread of coronavirus (Cleveland.com)
  • US – Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 1,000 for first time (Denver Post)
  • US – Coronavirus cluster at Chevrolet dealership in Michigan sickens 13 (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Coronavirus spread hits record levels in Maryland, Virginia amid national spike (Washington Post)
  • US – Cuomo says it’s ‘bad news’ that Pfizer coronavirus vaccine progress came during Trump administration (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Health secretary: Pennsylvania at critical point in pandemic (Tacoma News Tribune)
  • US – Hydroxychloroquine does not treat COVID-19, NIH ‘formally’ declares (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Mask Mandate Hits Utah As Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over ‘Alarming’ Covid-19 Surge (Forbes.com)
  • US – More than 1,000 in Iowa hospitals; COVID-19 hospitalizations up 84% in past two weeks (Des Moines Register)
  • US – NIAIDNews – RT @NIH: COVID-19 can affect anyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity. However, data show that #COVID19 impacts African Americans much… (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – New Jersey governor says ‘second wave is here’ as New York mayor says city is at ‘a dangerous moment’ (The Independent)
  • US – Texas kindergartner dies of coronavirus: report (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • US – Texas prisons, jails worst COVID-19 hotspots of any in US (star-telegram.com)
  • Virus surge puts paid to Austria ski season restart (France24)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Adidas cautious for year end as pandemic returns (Business Times Singapore)
  • Allianz Drops Buy-Back As COVID-19 Hit Reaches €1.3B (Law360)
  • Burberry: Starting To Come Back (Seeking Alpha)
  • COVID-19 vaccine: Sinovac’s trial suspended in Brazil over severe adverse event (Business Today India)
  • Coronavirus Vaccine is 90% Effective: Pfizer and BioNTech (MedIndia)
  • End of fight against Covid-19 still months away, says Biden on Pfizer’s vaccine progress (Ani News)
  • Fosun Pharma stock surges on prospect of Covid-19 vaccine launch in China, after German partner BioNTech’s clinical success (Yahoo! Singapore)
  • Fujitsu, VMware enable remote working for all Catalan healthcare staff assisting COVID-19 sufferers (IT Web)
  • Harmony Gold’s free cash flow, production surged in Q1 (Seeking Alpha)
  • Huge Group makes headway in Cell C to MTN network migration (IT Web)
  • India’s Essar, Brazilian firms consider bid for Petrobras’ refinery (Business Standard India)
  • JPMorgan Relaxes Mortgage Curbs With U.S. Housing Prices on Rise (Bloomberg)
  • JYIC signs deal with SABIC, Vopak for 20% Chemtank stake (Arab News)
  • Japan Airlines shares tumble after plan for new share sale (Business Times Singapore)
  • Land Securities Sees $1.2 Billion Wiped From Property Values (Bloomberg)
  • Losses soar at UK’s Land Securities as pandemic hits rental market (Reuters)
  • McDonald’s says bigger orders and dinner business have helped overcome lower total customer tallies during the Covi… https://t.co/j7cJvTds4J (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Motherson Sumi Systems (₹123): Buy (Hindu Business Line)
  • Norwegian Air faces ‘very uncertain future’ after further aid denied (The Guardian)
  • Oil blazes as much as 11.5% higher after Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is effective (Business Insider)
  • Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine “Greatest Medical Advance In 100 years” – CEO (Philippine News)
  • Pfizer, Eli Lilly Breakthroughs Provide Hope for Ending Pandemic (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial success signals breakthrough in pandemic battle (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Reliance, Aramco resume talks for 20% stake sale: Report (TheWeek)
  • Ryanair trolls Donald Trump after US election defeat (The Independent)
  • S.Africa’s Telkom posts 25% jump in half-year earnings (Nasdaq)
  • Samsung may launch flagship phone early to grab Huawei share: Report (Business Standard India)
  • Sanofi believes Europe well prepared to address pandemics (Today Online)
  • Sanofi has narrowed gap vs competitors in development of COVID-19 vaccine, CEO says (Reuters)
  • Scientists greet Pfizer announcement that vaccine is 90% effective with optimism (Global News Canada)
  • Shiseido cuts outlook as prolonged pandemic hits cosmetics sales (Business Times Singapore)
  • Singapore Airlines wants to sell aircraft, tap debts (Gulf News)
  • SoftBank back in the black as pandemic boosts investments (TheAge.com)
  • Telkom solidifies mobile market position with half-year earnings (IT Web)
  • Tesco to give workers Christmas bonus for their ‘incredible effort’ during pandemic (Irish Independent)
  • UK scientists greet Pfizer vaccine announcement with optimism (Special Broadcasting Service)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • After SARS-CoV-2 antibodies fade B and T-cells persist (News-Medical.Net)
  • COVID-19 and psychiatry: can electronic medical records provide the answers? (Lancet)
  • COVID-19 vaccine could fundamentally change pandemic direction: WHO (Reuters)
  • COVID-19 vaccine found to be 90% effective in ‘great day for science and humanity’ (Sky News Latest)
  • Characteristics and outcomes of neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection in the UK: a prospective national cohort study using active surveillance (Lancet)
  • Japan to prioritize older people in administering coronavirus vaccines (FirstWord Pharma)
  • News of a promising COVID-19 vaccine is thrilling, but we can’t let down our guard (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • PM gives cautious welcome to COVID-19 vaccine news (Sky News Latest)
  • Pfizer claims coronavirus vaccine 90% effective in clinical trial (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • The UK needs a sustainable strategy for COVID-19 (Lancet)
  • U.S. health officials ‘very optimistic’ Pfizer coronavirus vaccine and others ‘could effectively end the pandemic’ (CNBC)
  • US allows 1st emergency use of a COVID-19 antibody drug (star-telegram.com)
  • Vaccine hesitancy may undermine fight against COVID-19, UK report says (Reuters UK)
Societal & Economic Impact
Assent, anger as Portugal’s COVID-19 state of emergency beginsNationalPost.comLISBON — Portugal woke up on Monday to a state of emergency, with some welcoming new restrictions to contain the coronavirus and others blaming the government for responding too late with measures they labeled confusing or inadequate….
Coronavirus pandemic leads to ‘seismic shift’ from public transport to cars, warns reportThe IndependentFor first time since 2002, less than half of drivers say they would use their vehicles less if train and bus network improved, RAC survey finds Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile The coronavirus pandemic has wound…
German security officials defend inaction at virus protestDayton Daily NewsGovernment spokesman Steffen Seibert criticized the protesters, saying some had intentionally exploited the right to free assembly. “That's a dangerous signal during this extremely critical phase of the pandemic that we as a country are all currently…
Gold firms as stimulus hopes, virus woes support appealBusiness Times Singapore– 12:38 PM [BENGALURU] Gold prices firmed on Tuesday after falling as much as 5.2 per cent in the previous session, as hopes of more US stimulus measures to cushion the Covid-19 pandemic hit bolstered the precious metal's appeal as an inflation hedge….
India looks to its farmers to rescue economy reeling from pandemicThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 10, 2020 3:06 AM NEW DELHI•India’s economy, left cratered by the coronavirus pandemic, is drawing energy from one of its invisible and often neglected engines: farmers.
Mask Mandate Hits Utah As Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over ‘Alarming’ Covid-19 SurgeForbes.comTopline With Covid-19 infections growing at an “alarming rate,” Utah governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency Sunday night to relieve pressure on overcrowded hospitals and save lives, instituting a state-wide mask mandate “for the…
Pandemic & pollution pains: NGT does well to ban crackers, pollution complicates Covid-19Financial ExpressPollution was a major health concern even before Covid-19, though Covid-19 has spelt it out more starkly There are already some signs of the double whammy—some are calling it the ‘twindemic’—of pollution complicating Covid-19. The spurt in cases in…
UK unemployment rises to 4.8% as coronavirus hits jobs marketThe IndependentFind your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile The UK unemployment rate has risen to 4.8 per cent as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hurt the jobs market, official figures show. The number of UK workers on payrolls…
Unemployment rises to 4.8% as coronavirus takes further tollSkyNews.com BusinessUnemployment rose to 4.8% in the three months to September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Geopolitical Impact
Brexit will help firms ‘overcome’ Covid-19, Scottish Secretary to tell landownersTelegraphAlister Jack will tell the Scottish Land & Estates conference that leaving the EU will allow Scotland to "shape" new agricultural policies. Brexit will help Scottish businesses "overcome" the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic thanks to…
China says inclusion of Taiwan in WHO meeting would be ‘illegal’Malay MailTaiwan was not invited to the virtual assembly which is focused on the Covid-19 pandemic. — Reuters pic GENEVA, Nov 9 — China’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva Chen Xu told a World Health Organisation (WHO) ministerial meeting on Monday that a proposal…
China, Russia hold off on responses to election resultStraits TimesBEIJING, MOSCOW • China, which has held off on congratulating US presidential election winner Joe Biden even as leaders of other countries have done so, said yesterday it would follow custom in responding to the result. Mr Biden, a Democrat, clinched…
E.U. imposes $4 billion in tariffs on U.S. products, prolonging Trump trade war despite Biden victoryWashington PostThe European Union on Monday announced plans to impose $4 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods after similar U.S. tariffs were levied last year, a sign that the trade wars kindled by President Trump are likely to keep burning even after President-elect…
Eminent semiconductor business leader to represent Taiwan at Apec after China blocks President TsaiYahoo! SingaporeMorris Chang, founder of the world’s largest contract chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, will represent the self-ruled island in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to be held online next week.Chang’s participation means…
Former NATO chief condemns Taiwan’s exclusion from WHATaiwan News OnlineFormer NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen supports Taiwan's case for the WHA (Twitter, Anders Fogh Rasmussen photo) Former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen supports Taiwan's case for the WHA (Twitter, Anders Fogh Rasmussen photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) —…
Russia, China won’t congratulate President-elect Joe Biden until legal challenges to the US election are resolvedThe Freepress JournalUS President-elect Joe BidenAFP Russian President Vladimir Putin won't congratulate President-elect Joe Biden until legal challenges to the US election are resolved and the result is official, the Kremlin announced on Monday. Putin is one of a handful…
Taiwan excluded from WHO assembly for 4th yr due to China’s objectionMainichi JPThis Feb. 14, 2020 file photo shows the headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva. (Kyodo) GENEVA (Tokyo) — Taiwan has been denied observer status Monday on the first day of the virtual World Health Assembly for the fourth straight year…
Top Beijing Official Says Hong Kong, Macau Will Play Key Role In China’s ‘dual Circulation’ Economic StrategyTheStreet.comNeighbouring cities are 'focal points' of national plan to focus on domestic market and reduce reliance on exports Also at science forum in Macau, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam promises new policies promoting innovation A top Beijing official has said…
US sanctions more officials over China’s crackdown in Hong KongAl JazeeraWashington places sanctions on four more Hong Kong officials over a China-imposed national security law. The United States has slapped sanctions on four more officials in the mainland and Hong Kong, accusing them of threatening the peace and security…
Cybersecurity Impact
BleepinComputer – @Ionut_Ilascu Named “FakeUpdates” by Microsoft, the campaigns distribute malware (infostealers, trojans, backdoors)… https://t.co/Lwqyi0QWvrBleepinComputer – Twitter@Ionut_Ilascu Named "FakeUpdates" by Microsoft, the campaigns distribute malware (infostealers, trojans, backdoors) by poisoning search results or advertisements.

The attacks hit the K-12 education sector in the US, which depends on…

Emotet and TrickBot Top the Malware Charts Yet AgainInfosecurity – Latest NewsEmotet and TrickBot Top the Malware Charts Yet Again TrickBot and Emotet topped the list of most prolific malware strains in October, helping in the process to drive a surge in ransomware infections, according to new analysis from Check Point…
Financial Institutions Need to Review Security Controls Amidst MAS’ Cyber Security Advisory PanelMonetary Authority of Singapore… The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)'s Cyber Security Advisory Panel (CSAP) For more information on MAS’ CSAP, please refer to: https://www.mas.gov.sg/who-we-are/MAS-Advisory-Panels-and-Committees/Cyber-Security-Advisory-Panel stressed the…
Fox News cuts away from Trump team making unproven voter ‘fraud’ claimsstuff.co.nzFox News in cut away from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's remarks at a US news conference because she claimed without evidence that Democrats were inviting fraud and illegal voting. "There is only one party in America trying to keep…
InfoSecHotSpot – 3 keys to managing cyber risk in state, county and city agencies COVID-19 systemic stresses have made state and loc… https://t.co/zaevCK0uDsInfoSecHotSpot – Twitter3 keys to managing cyber risk in state, county and city agencies COVID-19 systemic stresses have made state and local organizations an easy target for industrious hackers. https://bit.ly/3lhJfPp…
Spotlight on France: COVID-19 Response Reveals a Disconnect Between Cybersecurity and the BusinessTenable BlogA lack of alignment on COVID-19 response plans exemplifies how a chronic disconnect between cybersecurity and business leaders increases organizational risk.  As organizations in France grapple with yet another wave of COVID-19 infections,…
The pandemic brings new risk, even as nature of cyber threats remain pretty familiarSC Magazine USDespite a year marked by massive change and upheaval, some argue the nature of most cybersecurity threats will continue to show broad consistency with previous years. Ransomware and banking Trojans are incredibly popular, phishing remains the easiest…
Trump’s refusal to concede the election is creating an opening for cybercriminals to mount attacks on American companies, experts warnBusiness InsiderRobyn Beck/ Former government officials and cybersecurity experts say election disinformation makes Americans vulnerable to cyberattack, particularly given President Donald Trump's widely-debunked claims of election fraud and his refusal to concede…
UK in Cyber-War Against Anti-vaccine PropagandaInfosecurity – Latest NewsUK in Cyber-War Against Anti-vaccine Propaganda British spies are on a cyber-mission to disrupt the spread of anti-vaccine disinformation online by hostile states and terrorist groups, according to …
enisa_eu – What are the key cybersecurity challenges faced by European #SMEs during the #COVID19 pandemic?

#ENISA will presen… https://t.co/tVWye6gmh7enisa_eu – TwitterWhat are the key cybersecurity challenges faced by European #SMEs during the #COVID19 pandemic?

#ENISA will present & validate the key findings of its online survey, key challenges & resulting cybersecurity recommendations on 17/11. Lear…

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