11 February 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Amid variant fears, Germany extends Covid-19 lockdown until March 7 (France24)
  • Belgian lawyers criticize government for undemocratic coronavirus rules (Politico.eu)
  • Belgian plant blamed for AstraZeneca vaccine shortage says it met all deliveries (Politico.eu)
  • Biden is ‘interested in getting all the facts’ about China and origins of COVID-19 (NationalPost.com)
  • China celebrates less happy New Year as virus keeps millions at home (Australian Financial Review)
  • China’s Covid-19 origin theory includes pig heads and frozen fish (South China Morning Post)
  • Coronavirus vaccination could arrive in Australia next WEEK  (Mail Online UK)
  • Denmark says it has more contagious coronavirus strain under control, for now (Washington Post)
  • How Germany Lost Control of the Coronavirus (NYT.com Main News)
  • How Portugal went from pulling off a Covid miracle to desperately hoping for one (cloned) (The Independent)
  • In Spain, virtuoso violinist pays tribute to war-torn… (Mail Online UK)
  • India gives coronavirus vaccine to 25 countries, Canada not on list (News24online)
  • Israel to partially reopen schools as it unveils lockdown exit plans (Telegraph)
  • Morocco Tops Spain in Battle of Mediterranean Cargo Gateways (Bloomberg)
  • Only 21% cleaning hands appropriately in Japan amid pandemic: survey (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Portugal’s tourism sector to receive new aid package – economy minister (Mail Online UK)
  • Saudi Arabia bans travel from 20 countries, including India (Livemint.com)
  • South Korea screens dog for COVID-19 after showing symptoms (Mail Online UK)
  • UAE’s proactive steps helped contain spread of COVID-19 virus (The Gulf Today)
  • UK – B&Bs and guesthouses present 4,200-signature petition against Scottish Government denying them £6,000 top-up grant (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Boris Johnson Targets Vaccines for Everyone Over 50 by April (Bloomberg)
  • UK – Coronavirus in the UK: ‘We’re doing everything we can to allow summer holidays this year, says Matt Hancock (The Scotsman)
  • UK – One in four adults in England now had first coronavirus jab, Boris Johnson says (itv.com)
  • UK – What time is Boris Johnson speaking from Downing Street in coronavirus press conference today? (Manchester Evening News)
  • US – Alabama set to carry out its first execution during pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • US – CDC tells Americans to wear two masks, make sure they fit correctly to reduce coronavirus spread (Washington Times)
  • US – CDC updates coronavirus face mask policy, endorses ‘double masking’ (FOXNews.com)
  • US – COVID-19 transmission can be cut by 96.5 percent with tight-fitting masks, double masking: CDC (The Hill)
  • US – California becomes first state to administer 5m vaccine doses (Financial Times – Europe homepage)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut releases data showing racial disparities in vaccination; State logs positivity rate of 3.1% (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Double-masking increases protection from droplets by 90%, CDC finds (Irish Times)
  • US – For school kids, coronavirus dampens Valentine’s Day fun in Connecticut (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Highly contagious COVID-19 strain found at Michigan prison (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Iowa has fewer than 300 people hospitalized with COVID-19, a 5 month low (Des Moines Register)
  • US – Kansas schools rush to vaccinate teachers ahead of reopening (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Michigan top doctor gets spot on Biden’s COVID-19 task force (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – Oregon governor announces outdoor contact sports can resume (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Trump administration policies cost hundreds of thousands of lives – even before Covid-19 hit (The Independent)
  • US – What we learned from the Indiana governor’s coronavirus news conference this week (Indianapolis Star)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Why is Portugal on the red list? (The Independent)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Air pollution targets must be ‘more ambitious’ to cut health inequalities exacerbated by Covid-19, MPs sayThe IndependentReport sets out ‘moral case’ for improving air quality during recovery from Coronavirus pandemic Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile The government must put in place “more ambitious” air pollution targets in order…
CNN Travel recommends Egypt as one of best tourist destinations amid Coronavirus pandemicEgypt TodayCNN Travel recommended Egypt as one of the safest tourist destinations amid COVID-19 pandemic – Min. of Tourism & Antiquities CAIRO – 10 February 2021: Within their “Unlocking the World” initiative launched for its readers about the recommended…
COVID-19 Pandemic pushes Rwanda into recession, severely impacts human capitalPanapress.comKigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda’s gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to have dropped by 0
House panel advances measure expanding unemployment benefits in relief packageThe HillThe Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday advanced the portion of House Democrats’ coronavirus relief package that would expand federal unemployment benefits. The measure was approved by a party-line vote of 24-18. It now heads to the House Budget…
Japan suffers rise in female suicides during pandemicTimes Live South AfricaSpate of deaths prompts questions about whether support services are helping those in need When the coronavirus pandemic began last year, Japan’s suicide-prevention specialists were most concerned about vulnerable retirees and the group that…
Malaysia’s economy shrinks faster than expected in Q4 on tighter Covid-19 curbsThe Straits Times All NewsFebruary 11, 2021 12:47 PM KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) – Malaysia's economic contraction quickened again in the fourth quarter, as a fresh coronavirus wave late in 2020 helped drive the economy to its worst annual showing since the Asian financial…
Pandemic exacerbating issues at core of Moose Hide Campaign to end violenceNationalPost.comVICTORIA — A lot has changed since Raven Lacerte and her father Paul Lacerte hatched a plan while moose hunting to help quell a tide of violence that they'd witnessed in their community….
Sign Aussie economy is on the upGoldCoastBulletin.com.au BusinessNormal repayments have resumed on close to 85 per cent of all loans placed in deep freeze during the coronavirus pandemic, sparking positive signs of a swift economic recovery.
Sources: No early lifting of COVID-19 state of emergencyAsahi.comJapan will not lift the state of emergency for the novel coronavirus pandemic this week because the medical care situation remains tight in many prefectures, several government and ruling coalition sources said. Government officials had indicated that…
[OPINION] The links between COVID-19 and global capitalismRapplerMarxists claim that while the COVID-19 pandemic served as the catalyst for the current global crisis, it is capitalism which is to be blamed. And as the pandemic unfolded last year, we did see different instances when political and corporate…
Geopolitical Impact
28 UN peacekeepers injured in a ‘deadliest’ attack in central MaliBusiness Standard IndiaJust so far this year, five peacekeepers have been killed and 46 injured by hostile acts in the violence-plagued West African nation, he said Attackers opened fire on a temporary United Nations base in central Mali on Wednesday in a well-planned…
Beijing urges U.S. to be ‘transparent like China’ after WHO findingsUPIFeb. 10 (UPI) — China said the United States should admit World Health Organization investigators for a probe similar to the WHO fact-finding mission to Wuhan, citing the alleged presence of COVID-19 on U.S. soil in 2019. Chinese foreign ministry…
Deal activity surges in Scotland despite uncertainty caused by coronavirus crisis and BrexitHerald ScotlandBrexit and coronavirus fail to dampen deal activity in Scotland Amy Burnett, senior manager with KPMG Private Enterprise in Scotland 0 comment FINANCIERS have increased investment in Scottish firms that are seen as having good growth potential in spite…
East Asia leads global trade recovery in Q4 2020: UNCTADshanghaisun.comGENEVA, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) — Developing countries, especially East Asian economies, have been leading the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic with strong export growth and gains in market sha
Hong Kong holds scaled-down Lunar New Year fairs amid COVID-19, China crackdownMail Online UKHONG KONG, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Hong Kong's Lunar New Year fairs, usually an opportunity to sell creative merchandise critical of the government alongside festive foods and decorations, are subdued this year amid coronavirus restrictions and a sweeping…
In call with Xi, Biden aims to reset U.S.-China relationshipLos Angeles TimesPresident Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday night for the first time since taking office, beginning the process of reshaping America’s approach in dealing with its most intense economic competitor and Pacific Rim strategic…
India Setting an Example in 3 Key Issues of Real Globalisation in a Post-Covid World: S JaishankarNews18.comExternal affairs minister S Jaishankar has said that Covid-19 has taught the world that real globalisation needs to be defined in terms of pandemics, climate change and terrorism, and India over the last few years has taken a lead with its efforts in…
India tariff hikes target mainly China in protectionist driveNikkei Asian ReviewNEW DELHI — The Indian government has raised tariffs on a laundry list of goods in a move that seeks to rebalance trade with China and develop local industry. The protectionist moves were announced this month and come as Prime Minister Narendra Modi…
President Biden mentions Taiwan in first call with China’s Xi JinpingTaiwan News OnlinePresident Biden President Biden (AP photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with China’s General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) on Wednesday night (Feb. 10) for the first time since taking office. In the call, Biden “affirmed his…
World Coronavirus Dispatch: Iran’s vaccination drive mired in geopoliticsBusiness Standard IndiaMalaysia's GDP contracts 5.6% in 2020, AstraZeneca to set up new vaccine facility in Germany, Coca-Cola sales drop in Q4 and other pandemic-related news across the globe Covid impact: Malaysia's GDP contracts 5.6% in 2020 Malaysia recorded its biggest…
‘Pandemic may shrink global trade by 22%’Business MirrorTHE pandemic will redesign globalization and could lead more firms to re-shore their operations, a move that may cause global trade to contract by as much as 22 percent, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In its Asian Economic Integration…
Cybersecurity Impact
Budgeting in cybersecurity – Can businesses afford it?AlienVault BlogsThis blog was written by an independent guest blogger. Creating an annual budget is challenging because business owners must consider all expenses in the coming year. Apart from ensuring that everyone is paid, and taxes are taken care of,…
COVID-19 Is Requiring Us to Implement Cyber Distancing (Part 2)Security WeekWhile Working From Home We Need to Avoid Engaging in Practices That May Typically Circumvent Controls at Work In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed the concept of “cyber distancing” for employees asked to work from home during the COVID-19…
COVID-19 Is Requiring Us to Implement Cyber Distancing (Part 2) – hxxps://www[.]securityweek[.]com/covid-19-requiring-us-implement-cyber-distancing-part-2SecurityWeek – TwitterCOVID-19 Is Requiring Us to Implement Cyber Distancing (Part 2) – hxxps://www[.]securityweek[.]com/covid-19-requiring-us-implement-cyber-distancing-part-2
Focus on cyber security ahead of Covid-19 vaccine rolloutRadio New ZealandGovernment agencies are gearing up to combat a barrage of vaccine-related scams expected to hit during the Covid-19 immunisation campaign . Photo: AFP Other countries have been dealing with cyber criminals using the roll-outs as an angle for a scam. The…
Hiring Cloud Experts, Despite the Cybersecurity Skills GapSecurity IntelligenceThe cybersecurity skills gap continues to be a real issue, but there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel. For the first time, the skills gap has decreased, according to (ISC)2’s annual Cybersecurity Workforce Study. This study defines the…
Oman’s cybersecurity preparedness pays off during the pandemic Oman’s history of preparedness has put it at the forefront of cybersecurity in the region, taking a multi-prong approach including education, security drills, and a legal framework to deal … hxxps://binged[.]it/3jzgZaX hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1359497634965295112/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterOman’s cybersecurity preparedness pays off during the pandemic Oman’s history of preparedness has put it at the forefront of cybersecurity in the region, taking a multi-prong approach including education, security drills, and a legal framework to…
US Treasury: Yellen warns of ‘explosion’ of cybercrime riskYahoo! News AustraliaUS Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned of an “explosion of risk” from criminals using digital technologies. The Covid-19 pandemic has made the problem worse, because it has moved more crime online, she said on Wednesday. Ms Yellen told a US…
Valentine’s Day, COVID-19 pandemic creating ‘perfect storm’ for scams, USAA fraud expert saysSan Antonio Express-News.comValentine's Day offers a particularly ripe opportunity for romance scams this year, according to one San Antonio expert. The annual celebration of love and the COVID-19 pandemic are creating a "perfect storm" for such scams, said Stacey Nash, a senior…
Yellen warns of ‘explosion’ of cybercrime riskBBC“As the pandemic has moved more of life online, crime has moved with it. We’re seeing more – and more sophisticated – cyberattacks aimed at institutions that hold up our society: hospitals, schools, banks and even our government,” she said.

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