14 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘We will end this madness’: Poland’s tourism businesses and ski resorts defy lockdown (Telegraph)
  • COVID-19 impact in India (Prevention Web)
  • China 2020 exports up despite coronavirus; surplus surges to $535 billion (Business Standard India)
  • China exports over 224 billion masks to assist global COVID-19 fight (shanghaisun.com)
  • China reports first Covid-19 death in eight months (Beijingbulletin.com)
  • Disappointing progress – Germany’s vaccination strategy (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany suffering through one of the ‘hardest phases’ of the COVID-19 pandemic (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Germany’s economy contracted by 5% in 2020 as coronavirus lockdowns hit growth (CNBC)
  • Hundreds of tourist-trade businesses DEFY Covid lockdown rules and say they will reopen in Poland (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy Is the Land of Convoluted Crises (Bloomberg)
  • Japan says it’s working to isolate, analyse new coronavirus variant (News On Japan)
  • Netherlands to demand double testing for UK travelers to stop new coronavirus strain (Politico.eu)
  • Portugal goes into lockdown amid record-breaking virus surge (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Portugal imposes new coronavirus lockdown (Politico.eu)
  • Saudi Arabia warns against travel to countries where COVID-19 ‘not under control’ (Arab News)
  • Study finds possible Covid-19 presence in Brazil since Dec 2019 (IANS Live)
  • Switzerland returns to lockdown amid more contagious virus strains (Swiss Info)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Total 102 persons detected with new coronavirus strain in India (Yahoo! India)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says U.K. lockdown starting to have an effect, aims to have 24/7 vaccine centres open soon (Global News Canada)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says UK’s coronavirus ‘hibernation’ will end (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson working to protect Britain from new COVID-19 strain (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • UK – Coronavirus vaccines to be administered 24/7 ‘as soon as we can’, Boris Johnson confirms (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • UK – Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he does not rule out imposing tougher Covid-19 restrictions (Manchester Evening News)
  • US – A look at which jobs in California suffered most during COVID-19 (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – CDC offers 5 ways to cope with stress during COVID-19 pandemic (Deseret News)
  • US – CDC: Young adults fuel COVID-19 spread among young people (UPI)
  • US – CDC: coronavirus cases among children, young adults have risen since the summer (Boston Globe)
  • US – Georgia climbs to 4th nationally in COVID-19 hospitalizations, White House says (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • US – Health officials: COVID-19 variant turns up in New Mexico (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – Hospitalized patients drop under 4,000 in Ohio (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – How close is California to bending the coronavirus curve? (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – In Final Act, Trump Admin To Present ‘Bombshell’ Findings Blaming Wuhan Lab For COVID-19, WHO Cover-Up (Zero Hedge)
  • US – Kentucky plant begins destroying deadly VX stockpile (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Montana Governor Relaxes COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses (US News & World Report)
  • US – New app warns users of potential COVID-19 exposure, could help Hawaii in fight against virus (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – New variant of COVID-19 found in Wisconsin (Xinhua News Agency)
  • US – Ohio researchers discover new strain of COVID-19 (CBS News)
  • US – The Trump administration finally did something right in the fight against covid-19 (Washington Post)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What we know about South Africa’s coronavirus variant (The Korea Times News)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
BOJ chief says Japan’s economic recovery likely modest amid pandemicJapan TimesJapan’s economy is in a “severe” situation and the pace of its recovery will be moderate amid heightened vigilance against the coronavirus pandemic, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Thursday. Speaking in a virtual meeting of BOJ branch…
Coronavirus in China: Heilongjiang declares state of emergency as outbreak spreadsSouth China Morning PostProvince is the latest virus hotspot in the north of the country, which has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks Health authorities have responded with mass testing and lockdowns and people are being urged not to travel for the Lunar New Year
Federal Reserve will dole out $2 trillion in emergency funds for business, local governmentsAtlanta Journal And ConstitutionCoronavirus: When will I get my stimulus check? National & World News | April 9, 2020 The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that it would take additional actions to provide $2.3 trillion in loans to support the businesses of all sizes, local…
German economy braces for second wave impactYahoo! News AustraliaOfficial data Thursday are expected to show that the German economy weathered the pandemic better than many nations last year, partly thanks to its resilient manufacturers, but a virus resurgence is fuelling concern for 2021. Europe's largest economy…
Global economy can shake off pandemic in 2021, policymakers sayTheAge.comVaccines and fresh economic stimulus promised by US President-elect Joe Biden will give the global economy a chance to put the coronavirus pandemic behind it in 2021, policymakers and business leaders say.
Japan expands state of emergency over coronavirus as infections climbCNN.com – AsiaJapan will expand its state of emergency to seven more prefectures, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says government misled king over coronavirus state of emergencySouth China Morning Post – NewsMalaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Thursday said he would submit an appeal to the king to end a state of emergency imposed to fight the coronavirus, which he described as a move by the prime minister to cling to power.Malaysia’s King…
Protests in Thailand pushed to middle of the year due to pandemicEFEMass student-led protests calling for democratic reforms in Thailand have been postponed until the middle of the year due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in the country, one of the leaders of the protests said.
Three Congressional Democrats test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol riotCBS NewsThree lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19 after the raid on the Capitol. This as, six Republican Congress members were seen refusing to wear masks in the packed secure rooms. "CBS This Morning" lead national correspondent David Begnaud has…
Geopolitical Impact
Brexit Adds To Airline Virus Woes In BritainInternational Business Times AustraliaAlready grounded by the coronavirus pandemic, airlines operating in the UK are facing post-Brexit obstacles to flying across the European Union, and their shareholders are paying the price. The trade agreement reached ahead of Britain's recent formal…
Brexit Surcharge Spoils U.K. Exporters’ Virus WorkaroundBloombergLufthansa fees could amount to $4,100 per container from U.K. Costs will hit U.K.-derived shipments trucked to EU airports Brexit is driving up the cost to export U.K. goods using an air-freight method that British companies have relied on to cope…
Feature: Building peace consensus to end local armed conflictsPhilippine Information AgencyDECEIVED. Alias Kent, 19, is provided with first aid by government soldiers after being abandoned by his New People's Army colleagues following an encounter in Santiago town, Agusan del Norte on Nov. 2, 2019. Kent said he was only 17 when the…
For India, Pakistan to find lasting resolution in Kashmir, says UKOutlook IndiaBy Aditi Khanna London, Jan 13 (PTI) The UK government on Wednesday reiterated its unchanged stance that the situation in Kashmir remains an issue for India and Pakistan to find a lasting political resolution to the issue. Responding to a debate held…
How international events emboldened China’s latest Hong Kong crackdownNew StatesmanBeijing's new round of mass arrests in the territory is a bid to end opposition politics. While much concern has been expressed about the parlous state of democracy in the United States, spare a thought for Hong Kong. On the same day last week that the…
On its way out, Trump administration reveals China break with support to IndiaTimes of IndiaWASHINGTON: On its way out of power, the Trump administration on Wednesday declassified a Indo-Pacific policy it evolved and shaped during its time in office to reveal broad and tough measures to contain China, including "accelerating India’s rise,”…
POLITICO Pro EU Influence: View from Florence — The year of geopolitics — Council sponsorship concernsPolitico.euA weekly newsletter on campaigning, lobbying and political influence in the EU. By LILI BAYER With thanks to Zia Weise, Cristina Gonzalez, Melissa Heikkilä, Laura Kayali, Giorgio Leali and Karl Mathiesen Tips, tales, traumas to the POLITICO Brussels…
The coronavirus dealt a blow to global trade in 2020, but not in China, where exports rose last year to their highe… https://t.co/1rqUqbWpbgWSJ – TwitterThe coronavirus dealt a blow to global trade in 2020, but not in China, where exports rose last year to their highest level on record https://on.wsj.com/3nQvrfj
The coronavirus dealt a blow to global trade in 2020, but not in China, where exports rose to their highest level o… https://t.co/qlxMtCbFv7WSJ – TwitterThe coronavirus dealt a blow to global trade in 2020, but not in China, where exports rose to their highest level on record https://on.wsj.com/3qohJ4X
Three UN peacekeepers killed, 6 wounded by attack in northern MaliBusiness Standard IndiaThree United Nations peacekeepers from Ivory Coast died and six more were wounded when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and they came under attack by unidentified gunmen in Mali Three United Nations peacekeepers from Ivory Coast…
U.S.-China Decoupling Raises Risks for European FirmsBloombergEU companies are caught in the middle of U.S.-China tensions Decoupling trends are likely to worsen in future, chamber says European businesses operating in China are facing rising costs and uncertainty as they grapple with economic decoupling between…
US envoy chides China in talk with Taiwan leaderFrance24Washington's envoy to the United Nations held a virtual talk with Taiwan's president on Thursday after her visit to the island was scrapped in a diplomatic volte-face during the chaotic last days of the Trump administration. Ambassador Kelly Craft…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cyberattack on European Medicines Agency – update 4DataBreaches.netThere is an update to the  attack on the European Medicines Agency reported last month.  In a statement issued yesterday, EMA writes: The ongoing investigation of the cyberattack on EMA revealed that some of the unlawfully accessed documents related…
European Regulator: #COVID19 Vaccine Data Leaked OnlineInfosecurity – Latest NewsEuropean Regulator: #COVID19 Vaccine Data Leaked Online The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has confirmed that cyber-criminals who raided the organization in December have leaked some of those documents online. In a brief statement on…
Hackers Publish COVID-19 Vaccine Data Stolen From EU Medicines AgencySecurityWeek RSS FeedHackers have started leaking documents related to COVID-19 medicine and vaccines that were stolen from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in early December 2020. …
Hackers have leaked the COVID-19 vaccine data they stole in a cyberattackZDNet SecurityEuropean Union medical agency reveals that information about coronavirus medicine was leaked in a data breach first disclosed last month.
Hackers leak stolen COVID‑19 vaccine documentsWe Live Security » Languages » EnglishThe documents related to COVID-19 vaccine and medications were stolen from the EU's medicines agency last month The post Hackers leak stolen…
InfoSecHotSpot – How Southeast Asian governments are boosting cybersecurity cooperation ASEAN countries are forging ahead with incre… https://t.co/TRqBZ4sKtvInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterHow Southeast Asian governments are boosting cybersecurity cooperation ASEAN countries are forging ahead with increasing cooperation to fortify the regional cyberspace even in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. https://binged.it/3nI83Aq…
Maze Ransomware is Dead. Or is it?Webroot Threat Blog“It’s definitely dead,” says Tyler Moffitt, security analyst at Carbonite + Webroot, OpenText companies. “At least,” he amends, “for now.” Maze ransomware, which made our top 10 list for …
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Data Leaked OnlineIT Security GuruFollowing a data breach in December, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) today revealed, that data concerning the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, has been leaked online. Fortunately, the EMA has stated that the regulatory network remains fully…
Response Comments On 2020 The Busiest Year On Record For Cyber AttacksInformation Security BuzzIt has been reported that businesses faced a 20% rise in cyber security threats last year versus 2019, with the first COVID-19 lockdown in March serving as the catalyst for… The ISBuzz Post: This Post …
The Cybersecurity 202: Extremists flocking to encrypted apps could restart debate over law enforcement accessWashington PostThe recent shutdown of conservative-favored app Parler has sent throngs of President Trump's supporters to encrypted messaging apps – where some extremists are already organizing and calling for more violence to overturn the election results. Far-righ…

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