13 October 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • Austria probe points to mistakes in early virus response (Dayton Daily News)
  • China’s imports, exports surge as global economy reopens (The Straits Times All News)
  • China’s imports post biggest surge since before coronavirus pandemic, as trade recovery gathers head of steam (South China Morning Post)
  • Comment: China’s triumph against Covid-19 may not be quite as it seems (Telegraph)
  • Germany’s inconsistent coronavirus rules cause confusion (Deutsche Welle)
  • India’s coronavirus infections rise by 55,342 to 7.18 million (Yahoo! Singapore)
  • Italy’s eyewear trade fair MIDO moved again to June 2021 over virus risk (Reuters UK)
  • Italy: Four members of the Pope’s Swiss Guards test positive for Covid-19 (Mail Online UK)
  • Japan’s households, firms pile up cash on pandemic uncertainty (Today Online)
  • Keeping the faith: Thousands pray in Portugal’s main… (Mail Online UK)
  • Made in Italy: The Restart – 6 October 2020 – OPENING LEADERS FORUM (Stream24.Ilsole24ore.com)
  • Made in Italy: The Restart – 7 October 2020 – MADE IN ITALY EXCELLENCE (Stream24.Ilsole24ore.com)
  • Made in Italy: The Restart – 8 October 2020 – THE FUTURE OF ITALIAN INDUSTRY (Stream24.Ilsole24ore.com)
  • Nigeria: Govt Warns Against Second Wave of Covid-19 (AllAfrica.com)
  • Norway’s aging king discharged after heart surgery (Dayton Daily News)
  • Singapore, Indonesia agree to resume ‘essential’ travel (UPI)
  • The Day: Spain’s second coronavirus wave intensifies (Deutsche Welle)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • Trump worshipper in India dies after being upset about US president getting coronavirus (South China Morning Post – News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces new ‘three tier’ coronavirus restrictions as cases surge (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces new Covid-19 alert system for England (Radio New Zealand)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces three-tier virus lockdown system (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • UK – Chancellor Rishi Sunak details winter economy plan for businesses (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Chancellor Rishi Sunak says jobs are valued ‘equally’ in coronavirus measures (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Before letting California theme parks reopen, Newsom is looking out of state (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Donald Trump tests negative for COVID-19 as he resumes campaigning in Florida (The Hindu)
  • US – Former CDC director: 20,000 more COVID-19 deaths possible by end of month (The Hill)
  • US – How Tennessee can beat the COVID-19 pandemic | Opinion (Knox News Sentinel)
  • US – Nearly 2,500 Missouri inmates have been infected with the coronavirus (STLtoday.com)
  • US – Need office space in Hawaii? It’s available during this pandemic (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Poll: Half of Maryland residents wouldn’t take an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine (Washington Post)
  • US – Second COVID-19 peak spreading more broadly in Minnesota (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – Trump administration extends pandemic scheme to give school children free meals (The Independent)
  • US – Trump resumes campaign with Florida rally 10 days after COVID-19 disclosure (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Trump tests negative for COVID-19 as he resumes campaigning in Florida (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Trump to resume campaign in Florida as Biden shoots for the moon in Ohio (NationalPost.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Monday (CBC)
Actions by Companies
  • 5G-enabled industries can help add $8 trillion to global GDP by 2030: Nokia (Business Standard India)
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 treatment trials advance while Regeneron cautions more testing needed (Yahoo! Canada)
  • AstraZeneca to start late-stage trials for COVID-19 antibody drug (New York Post)
  • Atlantia restarts negotiations on motorways, mulls exclusive talks with CDP: source (Reuters UK)
  • Botswana: Absa Predicts Long Road to Recovery(Botswana Daily News) (AllAfrica.com)
  • Carnival Corporation: Bankruptcy Is Still An Option (Seeking Alpha)
  • Covid vaccine: Pfizer modifies protocol for trials to include 12-15 year olds (Livemint.com)
  • Development of AstraZeneca’s potential coronavirus vaccine (Today Online)
  • Eastar Jet to Dismiss 605 Employees on Wed. (Korea Broadcasting System)
  • Equinor’s Arctic LNG plant to reopen in January next year – Reuters (Seeking Alpha)
  • Goldman Sachs financial targets jeopardized as pandemic slows revamp (Today Online)
  • Goldman Sachs may scale back its financial targets amid Reuters (Yahoo! Canada)
  • Indonesia orders 50 mln doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine (Antara News)
  • Infosys hits record high; rises 13% in eight days (Business Standard India)
  • J&J Halts Trial; Trump Has Rally; Singapore Curbs: Virus Update (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine trial paused after participant’s ‘unexplained illness’ (The Independent)
  • Johnson & Johnson pause COVID-19 vaccine trial due to ill patient (Al Arabiya)
  • Johnson & Johnson halts Covid-19 vaccine trial after participant’s ‘adverse reaction’ https://t.co/xaZbuVntKA (FT – Twitter)
  • Markets likely to be volatile; Wipro, telecom shares in focus (Livemint.com)
  • Microsoft staff never have to go back to the office (Australian Financial Review)
  • Pfizer modifies protocol for COVID-19 vaccine study (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • Qantas to restart int’l scheduled ops in early 4Q20 (CH-Aviation)
  • SBI online banking services down, ATM and POS machines functional (Hindustan Times)
  • Singapore Airlines Limited: Not taking off anytime soon (Asiaone)
  • Siya Kolisi is MTN’s latest brand ambassador (Alex News)
  • Southwest Airlines is pushing into two of the largest U.S. airports, signaling its plan to grab market share from U… https://t.co/et5mBMwUuz (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Stimulus 2.0 to push fiscal deficit to 9.8 per cent of GDP: SBI report (Business Standard India)
  • Takeda group begins manufacturing Covid plasma treatment ahead of approval (Business Standard India)
  • Thailand to make, supply AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine (Bangkokpost.com Most recent)
  • Tickets for meal onboard parked Singapore Airlines plane sell out (London Evening Standard)
  • Tongaat Hulett, eThekwini municipality donate groceries to child-headed homes for World Food Day (IOL)
  • Unilever Plc shareholders vote in favour of London-based entity (Nasdaq)
  • Wisconsin seeks new deal with Foxconn (Washington Post)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
11pc hike in numbers on pandemic unemployment payment since last weekIrish IndependentOver 23,000 people have signed up for the pandemic unemployment payment since last week. T here are now 228,858 people receiving the emergency income support. This is an 11pc hike compared to last week. Another 211,492 people are on standard dole…
Amid pandemic and flailing economy, Argentines protest governmentSharjah24Protesters expressed a number of grievances against the Fernandez government, ranging from the state of the economy, lockdown measures across the country, and proposed judicial reform. Latin America's third-largest economy was in a deep crisis already…
Climate change, COVID-19 among major factors of recent inflation in Pakistan: ministryGuanming Daily 光明网Climate change and the outbreak of COVID-19 in Pakistan were among the major contributors to the recent wave of inflation in the country, the finance ministry said on Monday.
Contact tracing is key in the war against Covid-19 — Farhan KamarulzamanMalay MailOCTOBER 13 — Following the unexpected rise of Covid-19 cases that recently hit Malaysia, it is crucial to bear in mind that Malaysians should remain vigilant and should not take the contact tracing lightly, as it is the vital way to curb the spread…
Coronavirus to contract global economic activity by 6%, investments by 11%: ECB presidentAl AhramThe COVID-19 pandemic crisis is expected to contract global economic activity by six percent and to cause an 11 percent decline in investments in the five years following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic if it is defeated, President of the…
Number on pandemic unemployment payment increases by 23,265Irish TimesExtension of Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions last week saw total number grow to 228,858 The number of people receiving pandemic unemployment payment has increased by 23,265 over the last week. The number of people receiving the benefit now stands at…
Nursing Home Residents Protest Coronavirus RestrictionsNewsMax.comAround 20 residents of a Colorado nursing and rehabilitation facility last week gathered outside the building to protest the state's coronavirus restrictions, CBS4 in Denver reports. Residents of Fairacres Manor last Thursday gathered to demonstrate…
Nursing home residents stage protest of coronavirus restrictionsThe HillAbout 20 residents of a Greeley, Colo., nursing facility gathered to demonstrate against coronavirus restrictions in the state. The residents, many of them wheelchair users, assembled outside Fairacres Manor Thursday, a local CBS affiliate reported . “…
Ramaphosa to announce SA economic stimulus packagePanapress.comCape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa is this week expected to unveil a massive stimulus package to help turn South Africa’s COVID-19 battered economy around
Unemployment climbs to 4.5% as pandemic takes tollSky NewsUnemployment rose to 4.5% in the three months to August, the Office for National Statistics said.
Geopolitical Impact
Border deal relies on Modi’s ‘strongman’ imageAsia Times OnlineDeal-makers from China and India seem to working in the spirit of the agreement reached by their foreign ministers in Moscow on September 10 with both sides wanting to do away with the historical burden of their border dispute. Indian strategic…
China created border dispute with India as if it was part of ‘mission’: Defence Minister Rajnath Singhzeenews.comNew Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday (October 12) that China is creating a dispute at the border with India as if it was part of a "mission", while speaking at an online event after inaugurating 44 bridges. Rajnath Singh said…
China, Russia and Saudi Arabia set to be voted onto UN Human Rights CouncilTelegraphHuman rights groups warned allowing trio into council would be like letting “a gang of arsonists into the fire brigade” China, Russia and Saudi Arabia are expected to be elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, a move critics likened to…
Dr. Scott Gottlieb: U.S. could never coronavirus test as much as China but it must get betterCNBCThe U.S. may never be able to coronavirus test and contact trace at the same level as China, but America still must improve its public health response, according to Dr. Scott Gottlieb. "We don't need to have their level of surveillance state to have…
How China is pumping millions to push India out of NepalMoneycontrol.comNepal has cosied up to China like never before, thanks to Beijing’s strategy of 'making them an offer they cannot refuse'. That presents a strategic dilemma for New Delhi Nepal, the world’s only declared Hindu nation until 2008 when it became a…
India and U.S. have been too cautious on China, says U.S. officialThe HinduDeputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun called for a fundamental alignment along shared security, geopolitical goals India and the United States have been “too cautious”, when it comes to China’s concerns about their strategic ties, said a senior…
India’s New Bridges Along Tense China Border May Deepen CrisisBloombergIndia opened dozens of new bridges — many of them providing all-weather access along its disputed border with China — in a move that could provoke a fresh round of tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors. Eight of the bridges are in the Ladakh…
Indo-US Defence Meet: US Likely To Go Hard On China But India Will Be CautiousOutlook IndiaIndia, US Set To Firm Up Defence Cooperation Agreement, S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh will also interact with US secretary of state Mike Pompeo. US deputy secretary of state Stephen Biegun is on a three-day visit to India starting Monday. His main…
Resume Trade Between India and Pakistan: Congress MP from Amritsar to PM ModiNews18.comCongress MP from Amritsar Gurjit Singh Aujla said the bilateral trade between India and Pakistan is languishing at around $2.5 billion annually while the potential, according to the World Bank, is $37 billion. Congress MP from Amritsar Gurjit Singh…
Textile sector poised to weave out of China, but can India spin a success yarn?Indian ExpressWith the US imposing restrictions on textiles from China and New Delhi too not that keen anymore to import from its neighbour given the standoff along the border, the Indian textile industry could well be at the start of something big. However, a lot…
Cybersecurity Impact
BPI takes down almost 2,000 phishing sites since pandemic hitABS-CBN NewsMANILA – The Bank of the Philippine Islands said Tuesday it has taken down almost 2,000 phishing sites from March to August 2020 or when the coronavirus pandemic hit. At least 10 phishing sites are being removed daily as fraudsters "repeatedly"…
Business reporting of cyber attacks will be a game changerAustralian Financial ReviewNew powers requiring big companies to report when they come under cyber attack are a game changer in how authorities can protect other businesses from economically damaging events and safeguard data, according to the federal government's top cyber…
CyberScoopNews – How the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research https://t.co/9RPzOeei4V by… https://t.co/W5UQjIwtTbCyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research https://hubs.ly/H0xLhRy0 by @shanvav https://twitter.com/CyberScoopNews/status/1315670211111063556/photo/1
How middlemen are giving ransomware gangs more attack optionsCyberscoop – NewsThe last six months have seen damaging ransomware attacks on two multibillion-dollar IT firms, Conduent and …
InfoSecHotSpot – Infographic: Ransomware attacks by industry, continent, and more Cyberattacks have surged during the coronavirus pa… https://t.co/DOYxccLGShInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterInfographic: Ransomware attacks by industry, continent, and more Cyberattacks have surged during the coronavirus pandemic. This infographic details ransomware attack trends by industry, continent, and more. https://tek.io/2SOpL8j…
InfoSecHotSpot – Trump? Biden? Protect your portfolio by investing in cloud computing, cybersecurity or marijuana There arguably has… https://t.co/Ng3eryjC1kInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterTrump? Biden? Protect your portfolio by investing in cloud computing, cybersecurity or marijuana There arguably hasn't been a hotter industry in 2020 than cloud computing. With the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) completely disrupting the…
Microsoft Severely Disrupted the Trickbot Botnet OperationsTechNaduMicrosoft has seized the control points of Trickbot that were hosted by US-based companies. This disrupted the botnet’s operation in the country and lowered the risk of involution during the upcoming elections. Trickbot isn’t a severe or highly…
PHL shelves Samurai, Panda bonds for 2020Business MirrorTHE Philippine government has already shelved its plans to issue renminbi-denominated Panda bonds and yen-denominated Samurai bonds this year as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) recently approved a P540-billion advance credit to help the…
Ransomware Tops 2020 Threat RankingsInfosecurity – Latest NewsRansomware Tops 2020 Threat Rankings Ransomware was the most observed threat in 2020, according to a global corporate investigations and risk consulting firm based in New York City. …
Taking aim at the cybersecurity skills shortage: 5 approaches to closing the gapCSO Online NewsMost CISOs have understaffed security teams. And when they try to beef up their staff, it often takes months to get a qualified candidate in place. At the same time, CISOs are dealing with a dramatic escalation of threats, prompted in part…

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