11 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A year after first death in China, coronavirus source still a puzzle (The Straits Times All News)
  • Algerian president flies back to Germany for post-Covid treatment (France24)
  • Algerian president returns to Germany to be treated for COVID-19 complications (Reuters)
  • Analysis: Australia’s current COVID-19 numbers (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Barilaro reveals he lost two relatives to COVID-19 in Italy in December (TheAge.com)
  • Germany’s ageism pandemic (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany’s stricter lockdown starts nationwide (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany’s Finance Minister Sees Economic Recovery, DPA Reports (Bloomberg)
  • Israel rolls out COVID-19 booster shots (Al Arabiya)
  • Japan finds new COVID-19 variant in travelers from Brazil (Al Arabiya)
  • Meals on wheels: Belgian restaurants owner adapts to Covid-19 measures (France24)
  • Pandemic fret: Australia’s five biggest worries heading into 2021 (TheAge.com National)
  • Portugal data traffic up 69% over New Year (Telecompaper)
  • Saudi Arabia, Qatar to restart direct flights after three years from Monday (Business Standard India)
  • Snowstorms shuts down Spain’s roads as delays hit coronavirus vaccine deliveries (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Switzerland’s decision to close schools in spring was one of most effective measures of reducing Covid spread, study says (Telegraph)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Inside Politics: All adults vaccinated by autumn, says Matt Hancock (The Independent)
  • UK – Matt Hancock is accused of mixed messaging saying pupils should be sent to classes as a last resort (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Tony Blair ‘advising Matt Hancock on pandemic response’ (The Independent)
  • UK – Tougher lockdown not ruled out by Matt Hancock as scientists urge tighter restrictions (The Independent)
  • UK – UK government backs police enforcing COVID-19 measures (HeraldSun.com.au Top News)
  • US – As Arizona sees COVID-19 skyrocket, Gov. Ducey to give State of State speech like no other (AZCentral.com)
  • US – California approaches 30,000th COVID-19 death amid continuing surge (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Florida puts New York to shame in rational pandemic policies (New York Post)
  • US – Maryland reports another record high number of coronavirus hospitalizations (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Opinion: ‘Safe’ reopening isn’t a reality for Oregon’s aging schools (Oregonian)
  • US – Pandemic causes another trial delay for Alabama sheriff (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Pandemic racks up hidden costs for Connecticut domestic violence agencies (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Tennessee Congressman Fleischmann Tests Positive for Virus (US News & World Report)
  • US – Tennessee gov: COVID-19 drug available in state for seniors (seattlepi.com)
  • US – Trials to resume in Massachusetts; Mainers seeking food aid (seattlepi.com)
  • WHO coronavirus investigation team to arrive in China on Thursday (South China Morning Post)
  • WHO experts to visit China on Thursday to explore Covid-19 origin (Abu Dhabi National)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
‘Like a pandemic within a pandemic’: Shelters call for support as violence against women rises amid COVID-19CTV NewsTORONTO — People working with victims of abuse say there has been a steep increase in violence against women during the COVID-19 lockdowns, and refer to it as the "shadow pandemic." "Isolation is almost like a gift for an abuser,” Nina Gorka, a…
EJKs, climate change, pandemic — today’s version of the 10 plagues?Philippine Daily InquirerFive days before Christmas, of a year of unspeakable horrors, we awoke to the horror of witnessing the cold-blooded murder of an unarmed and helpless mother and her son by a trigger-happy cop, for no more compelling reason other than that he is a…
Infographic: World Economy To Trail Pre-Pandemic Trajectory For YearsInternational Business TimesThe World Bank released its latest Global Economic Prospects report this week, providing us with an updated look at the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the world economy. Striking a cautious tone, the report finds that global economic output will…
KL economy minister hospitalised for Covid-19The Straits Times All NewsJanuary 11, 2021 5:00 AM Malaysia's Economic Affairs Minister Mustapa Mohamed has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in stable condition, his office said yesterday.
Lancaster protesters urge early release of inmates amid pandemicLos Angeles Daily NewsDisplaying protest signs and holding body bags, family members and advocates staged a car caravan on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Lancaster State Prison to call for the release of inmates amid the pandemic. Families United to End LWOP has staged multiple…
Record 11.85 tln won paid in unemployment benefits in 2020 amid pandemicYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) — A record 11.85 trillion won (US$10.79 billion) was paid in unemployment benefits last year amid the business challenges of COVID-19, government data showed Monday. According to the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the…
Suga says a few days needed to judge whether to widen virus state of emergencyJapan TodayPrime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Sunday the government will take "a few days" before judging whether to expand a state of emergency declared over the coronavirus pandemic to Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures. The comment on a television program…
Treasurer ‘optimistic’ about economy for 20219News.com.au"We're seeing the benefits of that money rolling out into people's pockets $7 billion that's coming into people's pockets in the last six months. Another $9 billion overcoming months as well." Mr Frydenberg said there was also good signs that…
Turkish unemployment steady at 12.7% in OctoberNasdaqISTANBUL, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Turkey's unemployment rate held at 12.7% in the October period, unchanged from a month earlier, while the participation rate dipped to 50.0%, official data showed on Monday. The jobless rate was 13.4% a year earlier….
Geopolitical Impact
As China drags its feet on disengagement, India will continue to hold groundOneindiaIndia and China have maintained communication at the ground level to avoid any "misunderstandings and misjudgments" even as discussions continue for achieving complete disengagement in all friction areas, the Ministry of External Affairs said. However…
Border controls are chaos, says businessAustralian Financial ReviewDifferences between states on COVID-19 suppression or elimination, and border controls are now irreconcilable, according to business groups, who are scathing of Victoria's new system of traffic light restrictions on movement. Australia is heading…
China threatens ‘counterstrike’ over US contact with TaiwanJakarta PostChina on Monday threatened a "counterstrike" against a move by the United States to lift restrictions on official contacts with Taiwan as military tensions grow between Beijing and the self-ruled island. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday…
China, Russia ‘delighted’ by US Capitol riots9News.com.auAmerica's global rivals were not slow in issuing triumphant condemnations of the Washington riots, but behind the scenes it seems many are fearful of further strain on the international order. Russia and China both claimed that the scenes in the US…
In jab at China, Mike Pompeo lifts curbs on contacts with TaiwanBusiness Standard IndiaThe move on Taiwan is likely to anger China and increase tensions between Washington and Beijing as the Trump administration enters its final days ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president The US has lifted the "self-imposed restrictions" on…
Israel, Palestine and vaccinationsIrish TimesSir, – In recent weeks, Israel has been lauded for the successful roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccination programme. With more than a million vaccination doses already administered, the Israeli healthcare system continues to be a model for co-existence,…
Power Plays, Inequality And Big Tech: Europe’s 2021 Challenges Have Already StartedForbes.comJust a week into 2021, political tensions in Europe and the bloc’s power play with China and the United States have already come to the fore. The new year also brings new political dynamics to Europe as the coronavirus pandemic and the economic…
Seaport segment will continue to be buoyed by global trade recoveryBorneo Post OnlineThe ports segment has bounced back and shall do even better in 2021F, as evidenced in the record high Shanghai Containerised Freight Index, often used to gauge the health of global trade. — AFP photo KUCHING: The seaport segment will continue to be…
Taiwan introduces new passport designed to end confusion with mainland ChinaSouth China Morning Post – NewsTaiwan rolled out a newly redesigned passport on Monday that gives greater prominence to the island’s day-to-day name, aiming to avoid confusion with China amid the Covid-19 pandemic and Beijing’s stepped-up efforts to assert sovereignty.Existing…
US lifts restrictions on contacts with Taiwan in latest blow to ChinaSpecial Broadcasting ServiceThe decades-long restrictions regulated how US officials could work with Taiwan in an effort to appease China, which sees the island as part of its own territory. The United States is ending restrictions governing official contacts with Taiwan,…
Cybersecurity Impact
Are Australians at a ‘turning point’ on cybersecurity or still unprepared?ABC OnlineAustralians are on high alert about the threat of cyber attacks following Prime Minister Scott Morrison's warning in June that Australia was targeted by a sophisticated "state-based" cyber-attack. Key points: An average of 164 cybercrime reports are…
Experts Weigh In on Cybersecurity Risks of Capitol-Like AttacksSecurity WeekHundreds of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday just as the House and Senate were certifying the election victory of Joe Biden. While much of the focus was on the physical destruction caused by the protesters, many people have pointed…
Most Popular Cybersecurity Blog Posts from 2020Security Bloggers Network2020 was a year that most people would like to forget. And yet, perhaps in large part as a result of the global pandemic and the 2020 U.S. elections, cybersecurity stories were more popular than ever. As highlighted last month in my year-end top…
Ransomware attack causes three-week NT Government system shutdownABC OnlineThe Northern Territory Government has revealed the supplier of one its cloud-based IT systems was targeted in a ransomware attack, forcing the system offline for three weeks — but it insists the integrity and confidentiality of government data was…
Warning of fraud, Texas Republicans seek to further tighten state voting lawsHouston ChronicleAUSTIN — As the country’s political polarization reaches a boiling point — illustrated vividly Wednesday by the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the president who believed his false claims that the election was stolen — Texas…

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