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Actions by Governments
  • Australia among world’s highest coronavirus death rates in aged care sector (
  • China promotes its ‘heroic’ battle against coronavirus in new exhibition (South China Morning Post)
  • Coronavirus latest update: India on track to become the most affected nation by the COVID pandemic: Experts (Times of India)
  • Energy Biz Wants Stay Lifted In €64.5M Spain Award Fight (Law360)
  • Finland to Force Quarantine on Travelers From Most of World (Bloomberg)
  • France, Switzerland, Sweden: Norway Curbs Travel For 13 On Covid Red List Europe (
  • Germany, France knock down Trump push for WHO overhaul (
  • Half a MILLION Brits face a scramble to get home (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy OKs 2 Extra Years To Repay Pandemic-Suspended Taxes (Law360)
  • Pandemic spurs Japan travel companies to roll out online tours (
  • Spain will pay your medical bills if you catch coronavirus on holiday in the Canary Islands (Manchester Evening News)
  • Sweden’s virus approach created limited economic benefits: Report (Yahoo! Canada)
  • Switzerland buys access to potential Covid-19 treatment drug (Swiss Info)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Aug. 11 (
  • Travels with my daughter in India during Covid-19 ( – World)
  • Trump Again Blames China For Coronavirus ‘It’s China’s Fault’ (International Business Times)
  • Trump says people need to ‘stop politicizing’ COVID-19 moments before blaming China for the pandemic once again (Business Insider)
  • Trump says ‘great’ bond with China’s Xi changed after COVID-19 (
  • UK – Boris Johnson warns the UK is facing ‘bumpy months ahead’ (Liverpool Echo)
  • UK – Boris Johnson: We need to get our pupils back to school in September (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s drive to reopen schools backed as experts say kids hardly raise ‘R’ rate (
  • UK – Disapproval of UK government’s response to coronavirus pandemic soars (The Independent)
  • UK – Scottish Government to extend coronavirus legislation until April (Herald Scotland)
  • US – Coronavirus hotspots like Florida, Nevada still seeing increased interest from tourists, travel site’s data suggests (
  • US – Coronavirus surging among children, teenagers in California ( – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – DeSantis touts in-person options as Florida schools begin reopening amid coronavirus (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – Georgia governor says reopening schools ‘went real well’ (The Hill)
  • US – Joint Statement from the Census Bureau and Centers for Disease Control on Conducting 2020 Census Non-Response Follow-Up Interviews (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – NIAIDNews – COVID19 NEWS: #ClinicalTrials testing monoclonal antibodies to prevent #COVID19 now enrolling adults at sites in… (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – State reviewing how and when to reopen Disneyland and other California theme parks (Los Angeles Daily News)
  • US – The Trump administration has stepped up interventions in complaints by patients and health workers who say they hav… (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US, Israel lessons for India on reopening schools amid Covid (Financial Express)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Will Sweden be proved right on avoiding lockdown? (New Zealand Herald)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Booth on Pandemic’s Impact on Travel (Radio)BloombergDanielle DiMartino Booth, CEO and Chief Strategist for Quill Intelligence LLC, & Bloomberg Opinion columnist, discusses her Opinion column: “Travel Scars Are Looking Permanent.” She speaks with Doug Krizner and Kathleen Hays on Bloomberg Daybreak…
COVID-19 has already taught us the lessons we need to fight climate changeCanberra TimesIt is more than six months since last summer’s apocalyptic bushfires, but the memories continue to haunt me. I am a general practitioner at Surf Beach, a little coastal town just south of Batemans Bay, one of so many parts of eastern Australia hit by…
England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be RevampedNew York TimesEngland will overhaul its faltering coronavirus contact-tracing system , the government said on Monday, shifting some control from private contractors to local public health teams and cutting the jobs of thousands of call center workers who had…
Global demand for refined fuels to decline, in line with slower real GDP growth: Fitch SolutionsThe Sun DailyPETALING JAYA: Fitch Solutions has projected global demand for refined fuels in 2029 to be 3.5% lower due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in line with a slower trend rate of global real gross domestic product (GDP) growth. On the one hand, it said, much of…
How coronavirus has affected unemployment in each stateMSN New ZealandCoronavirus Unemployment: How Each State Has Been Affected The coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on the job market, where many people have lost jobs and had to apply for unemployment. But, amid the coronavirus pandemic, some states have…
NRN flags fears of GDP growth hitting lowest since 1947, pitches for operating economy at full steamOutlook IndiaBengaluru, Aug 11 (PTI) Flagging fears that the country”s GDP growth may even touch its lowest since independence in the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic, Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy on Monday said the economy should be brought back on track and…
New life insurance sales in Singapore fall 13% amid Covid-19, recessionThe Straits Times All NewsAugust 11, 2020 2:42 PM SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) – The Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession took a toll on insurance sales in Singapore in the first six months this year.
PM Modi says contact-tracing, surveillance most effective weapons against coronavirus pandemicMoneycontrol.comThe Centre and states have been able to work as a team in the fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi August 11 said 10 states account for over 80 percent of active COVID-19 cases and if the virus is…
Trump’s “China virus” remark incites xenophobic behavior in President Donald Trump on Monday blamed China for his administration’s failure to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the US, once again calling the disease the “China virus”, with experts and members of the public accusing him of inciting…
Unemployment and coronavirus: Older workers feel ‘forgotten’BBC News – BusinessJulie Morris explains what it is like to be job hunting in your late fifties during coronavirus.
Geopolitical Impact
China extends Hong Kong legislature by at least a year
Yahoo! Singapore
Chinese lawmakers have extended the term of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council by at least a year in order to deal with the vacuum left by postponing the city’s elections, state media said Tuesday. Hong Kong’s leader said in late July that local…
Covid-19, China-US trade war contributed to declining leather trade
Radio New Zealand
The Covid-19 pandemic and the China-US trade war have both played a big part in the troubles affecting the leather industry. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller Hundreds of thousands of dead animals are at risk of being left uncollected on farms because of…
Gold up on geopolitical tension
CHICAGO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose on Monday. The most active gold contract for December delivery rose 11.7 U.S. dollars, or 0.58 percent, to close at 2,039.7 dollars per ounce. Gold…
Hong Kong goods exported to U.S. to be labeled made in China
Goods made in Hong Kong for export to the United States will need to be labeled as made in China after Sept. 25, according to a U.S. government notice posted on Tuesday. The move follows China’s imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong and a…
Hong Kong third wave: Why mainland China’s help in fighting Covid-19 has sparked anxiety rather than appreciation
No returning to pre-Covid world, with Singapore trade and business changed ‘irrevocably,’ says minister
Malay Mail
From rising geopolitical tensions to the way supply chains are reorganised, Covid-19 has shown to be different from past financial crises, says Singapore minister Chan Chun Sing. — TODAY pic SINGAPORE, Aug 11 — The nature of trade and business has…
U.K. Firms Warn Washington Tariffs May Impede Free-Trade Talks
U.S.’s next round of Airbus-related duties due out this week Business from both nations plead for relief amid pandemic pain Supply Lines is a daily newsletter that tracks Covid-19’s impact on trade. Sign up here , and  subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast…
U.S. health chief, visiting Taiwan, attacks China’s pandemic response
TAIPEI — U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar attacked China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday and said that if such an outbreak had emerged in Taiwan or the United States it could have been “snuffed out easily.”…
U.S. skeptical of Russia’s virus vaccine safety
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
TAIPAI, Taiwan — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says it’s more important to have a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus than to be the first to produce a vaccine. Azar, on a visit to Taiwan, was asked by ABC on…
US and Taiwan tout ‘democratic’ effort on virus to China’s chagrin
Nikkei Asian Review
TAIPEI/NEW YORK — U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the most senior American official ever to visit Taiwan, on Monday hailed Taipei’s success in containing the coronavirus as “a tribute to the open, transparent, democratic nature…
Cybersecurity Impact
DDoS Attacks Cresting Amid Pandemic
Attacks were way up year-over-year in the second quarter as people continue to work from home.
EFF – And we oppose government enforcing home quarantine by forcing COVID-19 patients to wear GPS ankle shackles or downl…
EFF – Twitter
And we oppose government enforcing home quarantine by forcing COVID-19 patients to wear GPS ankle shackles or download spyware to their phones.
Hackers Exploit Covid-19 Vaccine Interest As Cover For Attacks
Information Security Buzz
Phishing emails with subject lines related to vaccines now being used to trick recipients into downloading malicious Windows, Word and Excel files designed to steal a person’s credentials  Number of new, vaccine-related coronavirus domains double…
InfoSecHotSpot – DDoS Attacks Cresting Amid Pandemic Attacks were way up year-over-year in the second quarter as people continue to…
InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter
DDoS Attacks Cresting Amid Pandemic Attacks were way up year-over-year in the second quarter as people continue to work from home.
InfoSecHotSpot – How phishing attacks have exploited the US Small Business Administration Such attacks have tried to capitalize on t…
InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter
How phishing attacks have exploited the US Small Business Administration Such attacks have tried to capitalize on the loans provided by the SBA in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.…
InfoSecHotSpot – No Silver Bullet for Addressing Cybersecurity Challenges During Pandemic As the coronavirus pandemic forced organiz…
InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter
No Silver Bullet for Addressing Cybersecurity Challenges During Pandemic As the coronavirus pandemic forced organizations to migrate to a work-from-home context, security professionals faced new challenges.
No Silver Bullet for Addressing Cybersecurity Challenges During Pandemic
Infosec Island
Infosec professionals have always had their work cut out for them, as the threat landscape continuously challenges existing security measures to adapt, improve and cope with the unexpected. As the coronavirus pandemic forced organizations to migrate…
Ransomware Reportedly Hits Ventilator Maker
Incident Reflects Threats Facing Those Involved in COVID-19…
SecurityWeek – UN Reports Sharp Increase in Cybercrime During Pandemic
SecurityWeek – Twitter
UN Reports Sharp Increase in Cybercrime During Pandemic
cybersecboardrm – DDoS Attacks Cresting Amid Pandemic #Cybersecurity #infosec #security
cybersecboardrm – Twitter
DDoS Attacks Cresting Amid Pandemic #Cybersecurity #infosec #security

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