12 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro reveals his aunt and uncle both died of Covid in Italy (Mail Online UK)
  • Algerian president returns to Germany for treatment over Covid-19 complications (The Star SA)
  • Analysis: Australia’s current COVID-19 numbers (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Covid-19 Strains From UK, South Africa, Nigeria And Japan: How They Are Spreading (Indiatimes)
  • Germany population flatlines for first time in decade (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany’s stricter lockdown starts nationwide (Deutsche Welle)
  • Hospitals ‘beyond strain’ as Ireland turns corner in COVID-19 fight (Today Online)
  • Ireland had one of the lowest coronavirus rates in Europe. It’s now highest in the world. (Melbourne Age)
  • Ireland had one of the lowest coronavirus rates in Europe. It’s now highest in the world. (Washington Post)
  • Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travellers from Brazil (NationalPost.com)
  • Liberal voices in China fall silent after coronavirus (South China Morning Post)
  • Portugal’s president, 72, tests positive for coronavirus (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Princess Sofia of Sweden’s pregnancy is ‘going well’ after royal was diagnosed with Covid-19 (Mail Online UK)
  • Psychological Impact on the Nursing Professionals of the Rioja Health Service (Spain) Due to the SARS-CoV-2 Virus (MDPI)
  • Russia extends UK flight ban over concerns of COVID-19 variant (Al Arabiya)
  • Schools in parts of Canada resume in-person learning (Global News Canada)
  • Spain battles record-breaking winter storm to deliver Covid vaccines (FT.com – World, Europe)
  • Spain’s freakish snow brings further chill to its coronavirus debate (Irish Times)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • U.S. Hosts Taiwan in Netherlands in First Visit Since Restrictions Lifted (US News & World Report)
  • UK – Boris Johnson advises “maximum vigilance” at pivotal stage of pandemic (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Imagine the anger if Jeremy Corbyn, not Boris Johnson, had overseen the UK’s disastrous response to coronavirus (The Independent)
  • UK – Matt Hancock ‘rules out’ removing childcare or support bubbles despite spike in coronavirus cases (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Matt Hancock says people should ‘behave like they have the virus’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Why Rishi Sunak can’t escape blame for the Covid-19 crisis (New Statesman)
  • US – CDC: No sign of homegrown U.S. coronavirus variant, but scientists need to look harder (Washington Post)
  • US – COVID-19 tracker moves Massachusetts to ‘severe outbreak’ status (boston.com)
  • US – California struggles to battle COVID-19 surge (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • US – Coronavirus cases in nursing homes may reflect community infection trends: CDC (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Hawaii reports 172 new COVID-19 infections (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – In pictures: The coronavirus is devastating California (CNN)
  • US – MAP: COVID-19 hospitalization rates in southwest Ohio (Journal-News)
  • US – Minnesota restaurant owner: Industry may take 3 years to recover from coronavirus lockdowns (FOX Business – Video)
  • US – Minnesota restaurants and bars resume indoor service, with restrictions (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – NIAIDNews – Interested in volunteering for a #COVID19 clinical study? Check out the COVID-19 Clinical Trials webpage to find a… https://t.co/QmXgB9RenQ (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – Nebraska ranks low in holiday virus surge, high in vaccination rate (Omaha World-Herald)
  • US – Pandemic leaves Texas with $1B deficit, could trigger cuts (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Statewide coronavirus update: More infectious variant found in Indiana (Indianapolis Star)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Analysis: Streaming wars could hurt local players, not Netflix (The Korea Times News)
  • AstraZeneca applies for EU approval of its vaccine (Deutsche Welle)
  • Avenatti Nike Sentencing Delayed Until May Over Virus Surge (Law360)
  • BMW sales fall 8.4% in 2020 as coronavirus takes toll (Reuters Canada)
  • BT lures Bharti Airtel exec as pandemic speeds digital shift (SkyNews.com Business)
  • Banco do Brasil to save up to $493 mln by 2025 in restructuring (Nasdaq)
  • Boeing officials and US aviation experts to visit Sriwijaya Air crash site after Indonesia grants coronavirus waiver (South China Morning Post)
  • CEMEX Port Charlotte Workers Join Teamsters Loc… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • CapitaLand’s Ascott sets record growth in lodging units last year despite Covid-19 (Straits Times)
  • Captain Tom, McDonald’s and DIY: The things we spent our money on in 2020 (The Independent)
  • Carnival Sees $2.2 Billion Q4 Loss, Notes Solid 2022 Bookings Pace (TheStreet.com)
  • DP World’s Smart Solution Logistics signs agreement with Israel’s Allalouf Logistics to enhance regional trade (WAM.ae Business)
  • Danske Bank staff raise over £75K for charity (Belfast Telegraph)
  • Experian’s 2021 future of fraud forecast (American Banker)
  • GIC was world’s most active state-owned investor in 2020; Temasek topped in tech: Report (The Straits Times All News)
  • Geely to Build Smart EVs with Chinese Tech Company Baidu (Yahoo! Canada)
  • Healthcare workers to receive first 50,000 vaccine doses from China’s Sinovac (CNN Philippines)
  • Joe Biden receives second dose of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine (The Independent)
  • No loadshedding imminent, says Eskom (Brakpan Herald)
  • Ooredoo reopens Salwa Road shop after refurbishment (Gulf Times)
  • Pandemic pricing? Cost of a patio heater quadrupled on Amazon (CBS News)
  • Pfizer compiling data to answer DCGI queries on coronavirus vaccine (Business Standard India)
  • Renault says sales fell 21% in 2020, but turnaround on track (Mail Online UK)
  • Rostelecom cooperates with KDL on COVID-19 diagnostics (Telecompaper)
  • Sainsbury’s joins Morrisons as they reinstate bouncers outside supermarkets (Mail Online UK)
  • Samsung bets on bespoke devices to woo millennials on back of Covid-19 demand (South China Morning Post)
  • Seychelles rolls out COVID-19 vaccination using China’s Sinopharm vaccine (The Korea Times News)
  • SoftBank sells $2 billion of Uber stake after stock recovery (Hindustan Times)
  • Spotify has removed Pete Evans’ podcast from its platform for promoting COVID-19 conspiracy theories — but it’s still available elsewhere (MSN New Zealand)
  • Taguig inks deal with AstraZeneca for purchase of COVID-19 vaccines (Manila Bulletin)
  • Tata Motors extends gains into eighth day post JLR Q3 retail sales numbers (Business Standard India)
  • Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet 2021 put off owing to the Covid-19 pandemic (United News of India)
  • Thailand gears up for long haul in Covid-19 fight ahead of Sinovac vaccine roll-out (South China Morning Post)
  • The Boeing 737-500 that crashed into the Java Sea didn’t fly for nine months last year, with travel reduced because… https://t.co/mSNwuvj6N5 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Union Pacific, Canadian National Raised at Bernstein on pandemic recovery (Seeking Alpha)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Concern grows over potential COVID-19 superspreader event during Capitol riotstar-telegram.comWASHINGTON — Concerns are mounting about the health of lawmakers and other people in the Capitol last week, after the first member to test positive for COVID-19 since Wednesday’s chaos ……
Congresswoman has COVID-19 after Capitol riotBoston GlobeWASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey says she has tested positive for COVID-19 and believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of Wednesday’s rioting. She was among…
Here are 2 strategies you should use to invest your $600 stimulus checksCNBCAmericans have begun receiving their $600 stimulus checks . If you already have healthy savings, the cash can be a useful way to help you get started in hands-on investing, according to financial advisor Winnie Sun. A safer option would be to buy into…
Japan households’ inflation expectations weaken as pandemic clouds outlook: Bank of Japan surveyBusiness Times Singapore[TOKYO] Japanese households' inflation expectations weakened in the three months to December, a quarterly central bank survey showed on Tuesday, suggesting the coronavirus pandemic was heightening deflationary risks for the world's third-largest…
Malaysia declares state of emergency as pandemic worsensManila BulletinNews / World / Share it! [mashshare] Malaysia declares state of emergency as pandemic worsens KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Bloomberg) — Malaysia’s king declared a state of emergency in the Southeast Asian nation, in a move that could allow the embattled…
Malaysian king declares state of emergency to fight coronavirusPhilippine Daily InquirerKUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s king Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency to fight a surge in coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the country’s healthcare system. Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah “is of the opinion that the Covid-19…
Malaysian king declares state of emergency to fight virusBangkokpost.com Most recentMalaysia's king Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency to fight a surge in coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm the country's healthcare system.
Md. Gov. Proposes $1B In Virus Stimulus, Tax ReliefLaw360Businesses and residents in Maryland would receive a variety of state tax relief benefits to complement those in the latest federal coronavirus relief law under a $1 billion stimulus and tax package unveiled by the governor Monday. Maryland Gov. Larry…
Millennials double wealth to more than $10T despite pandemic, debt: Federal ReserveFOXBusiness.comYoung Americans have managed to double their wealth  despite the pandemic-fueled economic downturn and being saddled with a significant amount of debt, new data suggests. Continue Reading Below Data from the Federal Reserve  shows that millennials —…
Number of Unemployed Up 2.6 Million due to Pandemic, Says MinisterTempo.coTEMPO.CO , Jakarta – The number of unemployed people in Indonesia has risen by 2.6 million to reach 9.7 million due to the COVID-19 pandemic , Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has said. “Based on BPS (Central Statistics Agency) data, the number of…
Geopolitical Impact
China plans further Hong Kong crackdown after mass arrestAustralian Financial ReviewJames Pomfret Senior China official says further moves likely this year China orchestrating crackdown behind the scenes – official Move seen as bid to weaken democrats' political presence Lam says legitimate rights and freedoms of Hongkongers upheld Ho…
China threatens ‘counterstrike’ over US contact with TaiwanSharjah24Sharjah24 – AFP: China 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…
INDIA’S AGONY: India divided: An imperialist spirit within a nation stateDaily MaverickThe global advance of ethnonationalism holds that a nation belongs more to its dominant section than to everyone. By its logic, the US belongs to its whites, India to its Hindus, China to its Hans, and so forth. This is hardly a novel idea for South…
No lowering of guard by India, even as China withdraws 10,000 troops from depth areasOneindiaThe Chinese purportedly withdrew 10,000 troops from the depth areas adjacent to the Line of Actual Control, the defect boundary between India and China. However the military standoff continues, as the Chinese PLA has not pulled back its front-line…
Russia, China dole out own vaccines in effort to expand influence on worldWashington TimesRoughly 7 million Americans have received the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine but rival superpowers in Moscow and Beijing are using their own shots to immunize their citizens and engage in a form of inoculation diplomacy. China and Russia have…
S. Korea to Set Up Virtual Conference Room for Future Talks with N. KoreaKorea Broadcasting SystemPhoto : YONHAP News South Korea will set up a video conference room at the Special Office for Inter-Korean Dialogue in Seoul by April for future talks with North Korea. On Tuesday, the Unification Ministry posted an emergency notice of tender for the…
Should India continue trade ties with China?Economic TimesThe trade and geopolitical engineering of the world is all set to undergo a massive change, if not a transfiguration due to the outbreak of the pandemic. China’s role in delaying the pandemic information to the world has raised consequential…
Taiwan New Passport Shrinks ‘Republic of China’NYT.com Main NewsOfficials said the redesign was an attempt to disassociate Taiwanese citizens from those on the mainland, who faced travel restrictions amid the pandemic.
Upbeat Xi Says Time on China’s Side as Turmoil Grips U.S.BloombergPresident expresses new optimism in remarks to officials Growing confidence as U.S. struggles with domestic crises President Xi Jinping issued an unusually upbeat assessment about China’s future, noting that “time and the situation” were on the…
Cybersecurity Impact
2021 Cyber PredictionsSecurity Bloggers NetworkIn 2020, we saw the healthcare industry change immensely under the pressure of COVID-19. Not only did hospitals have to adapt overnight to increased patient loads, but researchers also raced for a cure and manufacturers readied production lines….
As coronavirus cases surge, so do cyberattacks against the healthcare sectorDDoS AttacksThe healthcare sector should brace itself against an increase in cyberattack rates and a variety of attack vectors over the coming months, researchers have warned. On Tuesday, cybersecurity firm Check Point released new statisticsthat show a…
Draganfly: Drones and a Backdoor Play on Covid-19TheStreet.comIf you're looking for an aggressive buy-and-hold in a sector in its infancy, there's a different way to play DFLYF if your time frame fits it. I talk a lot about time frames. There's a simple explanation: they matter. In fact, they may be the most…
How One CEO Is Maximizing Cybersecurity Spending With Better MetricsForbes.comThis article series spotlights key business trends identified by the expert members of Forbes Councils. Find out if you qualify for Forbes Technology Council here . While demand for cybersecurity products and services continues to grow overall, it’s…
How To Level Up Your Cybersecurity In 2021Forbes.comZack Schuler is the CEO/Founder of  NINJIO , a security awareness company empowering organizations to become defenders against cyberthreats. It’s easy to focus on all the ways 2020 has been a challenging year: the Covid-19 pandemic, a sputtering…
Learning Lessons From Previous Lockdowns – How Not To Fall Into The Trap Of A CyberattackInformation Security BuzzThe coronavirus pandemic continues to cause huge upheaval in our everyday lives. With a third lockdown now in force across England, the changes and difficulties that many are living with are unfortunately set to continue. Businesses have been dealt a…
Modernizing air traffic control a crucial part of America’s securityWashington TimesANALYSIS/OPINION: As horrid as it was when riotous protesters recently stormed the U.S. Capitol building, that bad day could have been worse. Our citadel of democracy only two days before had been threatened with total destruction as terrorists…
NSA Publishes Cybersecurity Year in Review ReportSecurity WeekThe United States National Security Agency (NSA) has released its 2020 Cybersecurity Year in Review report, which summarizes the NSA Cybersecurity Directorate's first full year of operation. The Cybersecurity Directorate was formally announced in July…
Sen. Adam Morfeld introduces bill to make ‘doxxing’ a crime in NebraskaOmaha World-HeraldUsing social media to post someone's address and photograph for the purpose of causing mental anguish or of targeting someone for harassment and violence would be illegal under Legislative Bill 227. State Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln said he…
blackswanburst – RT @sergedroz: While most countries still don’t seem to get a handle on either Covid-19 or Ransomware, there has been a group of dedicated…blackswanburst – TwitterRT @sergedroz: While most countries still don't seem to get a handle on either Covid-19 or Ransomware, there has been a group of dedicated people working along silently to make things less bad:…

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