15 October 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • After coronavirus pandemic hit, Brazil island became land of ‘cannibal cats’ (South China Morning Post)
  • China allowed COVID-19 to spread around world, says Trump (Chinanationalnews.com)
  • China helps Africa repay debt amid Covid-19 pandemic (The Star SA)
  • Dry spell for Belgian brewers amid pandemic (Deutsche Welle)
  • Europe bows under second wave as Germany and France tighten rules (FT.com – World)
  • India improves as US, Europe struggle (Economic Times)
  • Italy held 1-1 by the Netherlands, slips to 2nd in group (Mail Online UK)
  • LATEST: Germany announces tougher coronavirus restrictions (Politico.eu)
  • LATEST: Portugal tightens coronavirus measures with new ‘state of calamity’ (Politico.eu)
  • Macron announces Paris curfew as covid-19 rises in France (Washington Post)
  • Mexico’s coronavirus death tally nears 85,000 (NationalPost.com)
  • Netherlands closes restaurants and bars in new partial lockdown (Irish Times)
  • Over 40,000 health professionals test positive for COVID-19 in Turkey: minister (thestar.com.my)
  • Pakistan losing its grip amid Covid second wave (Asia Times Online)
  • REPLAY – Coronavirus in France: ‘We have to be better at tracking the virus’, says Macron (France24)
  • Record 96,000 Japan households receive rent support amid pandemic (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Russia approves 2nd COVID-19 vaccine (Global News Canada)
  • Russia, Poland and Iran hit new respective coronavirus records (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Spain becomes first EU nation to reach 900,000 Covid-19 infections (ONE News)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson defends regional approach to coronavirus curbs (BBC)
  • UK – Keir Starmer is right to oppose Boris Johnson’s coronavirus policy – consensus is a bad way to handle the pandemic (The Independent)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak: New Covid lockdown would inflict terrible harm (Telegraph)
  • UK – Seeing images of Boris Johnson causes most people to experience Covid-related anxiety, poll claims (The Independent)
  • UK – Who is exempt from Boris Johnson’s ‘rule of six’? (The Independent)
  • US – CDC Director Warns of COVID-19 Risks at Small, Home Gatherings (NewsMax.com)
  • US – Colorado Sec. of State dispenses PPE to election workers amid rising COVID (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Coronavirus in Wisconsin: More than 1,000 hospitalized with virus; state senator calls overflow facility ‘political’ (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut reports second day of 2% positivity rate; Hospitalizations climbing (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Indiana added to Ohio travel advisory (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – Indiana governor adds no new restrictions amid virus spread (Tulsa World)
  • US – Judge blocks Wisconsin coronavirus order limiting indoor capacity (The Hill)
  • US – Mass. budget Gov. Baker tries to restart Massachusetts budget debate (boston.com)
  • US – New coronavirus caseloads peak again in Illinois. Pritzker warns southern Illinois could see restrictions (STLtoday.com)
  • US – Pennsylvania confirms ‘fall resurgence’ of coronavirus (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – Small gatherings causing new COVID-19 infections, CDC director warns (The Hill)
  • US – Texas rolls out COVID-19 rapid testing to schools (Austin American Statesman)
  • US – U.S. CDC reports 215,194 deaths from coronavirus (NationalPost.com)
  • US – What’s driving the recent surge in COVID-19 cases? Your small family gatherings, CDC chief says (Deseret News)
  • US – ‘There is no plan’: ‘Totally Under Control’ explores Trump administration’s COVID-19 failure (Global News Canada)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • 43% consumers saw household income drop during Experian (Financial Express)
  • After TCS, Infosys announces salary hikes as sector overcomes pandemic (Business Standard India)
  • AstraZeneca Inks $486M COVID-19 Antibody Deal With Gov’t (Law360)
  • Bank of America profit falls on Covid-19 pandemic woes… (Deccan Herald)
  • Bank of America profit falls on pandemic woes (Today Online)
  • California just fined Amazon $1,870 for poor workplace safety during the coronavirus pandemic (Business Insider)
  • China Southern Airlines resumes Changsha-Nairobi flight (Xinhua News Agency)
  • China’s pandemic response seems to be ‘magic recipe’ for economic growth, Standard Chartered CEO says (CNBC)
  • Chip machine maker ASML posts growth despite COVID-19 (Taipei Times Online)
  • Coronavirus recovery better than 2008 crash: Moody’s economist (FOX Business – Video)
  • Coronavirus, Supreme Court, Ikea: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing (NYT.com Main News)
  • Dana Gas signs US$90 million credit facility with Mashreq Bank (WAM.ae Business)
  • De Beers Sells Most Diamonds Since Virus Paralyzed Industry (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Eli Lilly’s coronavirus drug trial suspended, day after J&J COVID-19 vaccine trial hits pause (Oregonian)
  • Explained: Why Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly have halted late-stage Covid-19 clinical trials (Indian Express)
  • Indonesia secures deal to procure 100m more coronavirus vaccine doses from AstraZeneca (The Straits Times All News)
  • Infosys To Roll Out Salary Hikes, Promotions Effective January (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Infosys to roll out salary hikes from Jan 2021, incentives to junior staff (Business Standard India)
  • Maybank launches IFD-i Initiative to help customers affected by COVID-19 (Bernama)
  • Nokia unveils automated temperature detection system for identifying covid-19 infections (Telecompaper)
  • OCBC named best managed bank during Asian Banker (Business Times Singapore)
  • Pfizer to test coronavirus vaccine in kids as young as 12 after getting FDA approval (New York Daily News)
  • Qantas Airways launches athleisure wear line as pandemic pummels profits (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Ryanair cuts winter capacity by a third on new COVID-19 restrictions (Reuters UK)
  • ST Engineering flexes its muscles during pandemic (Business Times Singapore)
  • STC reports 22% rise in female employees in 2020 (Arab News)
  • Sainsbury’s asks customers to shop alone with ‘one adult at a time’ under new lockdown rules (Liverpool Echo)
  • Shell says Australian Prelude LNG will not resume full output this year (Reuters)
  • Standard Bank makes an investment in literacy with Nal’ ibali (Lowvelder Online)
  • TSMC boosts 2020 revenue forecasts as Covid transforms digital demand (Business Times Singapore)
  • UnitedHealth CEO says COVID-19 pandemic creates uncertainty for 2021 (Reuters UK)
  • Wells Fargo fires workers for allegedly defrauding feds in pandemic loan applications (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • Wells Fargo swings to profit as coronavirus blow softens (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Wipro: Investors should await growth outperformance, margin gains (Business Standard India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Emmanuel Macron orders coronavirus curfew in major cities as France declares state of emergencySouth China Morning Post – NewsFrench President Emmanuel Macron announced a curfew in the country’s biggest cities to stem the unrelenting spread of the coronavirus, as rising infections begin to fill up hospital beds.“This virus is dangerous and serious for everyone,” Macron said…
France declares State of Emergency due to COVID-19 spreadKuwait News Agency14/10/2020 LOC21:09 18:09 GMT PARIS, Oct 14 (KUNA) — France on Wednesday declared a national health emergency over all of its territory that will give expanded powers to authorities to help fight the rising spread of COVID-19, a government statement…
France state of emergency9News.com.auFrance will enter a public health state of emergency as Europe grapples with a second wave of COVID-19.
India Coronavirus Dispatch: Air pollution can make the pandemic worseBusiness Standard IndiaMask prices yet to be capped in Maharashtra, Arunachal's students face twin obstacles, TB notifications drop due to lockdown–news on how the country is coping with the pandemic Arunachal’s students : Students in Arunachal Pradesh are facing…
Is the government neglecting the health of the UK economy in this pandemic?The IndependentAs a new national lockdown is mooted, some argue the government is failing to acknowledge a trade-off between economic livelihoods and public health. Ben Chu examines whether the idea that ministers are unduly prioritising the fight against the…
Know how urban air pollution can make COVID-19 more deadlyDNA India11:55 AM IST According to a US study published in the Innovation Journal, a dip in the air quality to a dangerous low can make the coronavirus more deadly for COVID-19 patients with underlying asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These…
Letter: COVID-19 and the EconomyTucson.comWhen viewed through an economic perspective, the consequences of COVID-19 at a global level have a catastrophic effect in The United States. According to The Borgen Project, 95% of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S and many of the…
REPLAY – Coronavirus in France: “We will continue to work, our economy needs this”, says MacronFrance24France will impose a nightly curfew on almost one third of the country's 67 million people to tackle a resurgent coronavirus, but a new national lockdown is not envisaged, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.
Unemployment hits 6.9 per cent9News.com.auAustralia’s unemployment rate has hit 6.9 per cent, raising point-one of a per cent over September.
World economy faces “difficult climb” out of pandemic, with China’s growth leading the wayXinhua News AgencyWorld economy is on track to experience a deep recession this year amid the mounting fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, and China is the only major economy that will see positive growth, indicating the country's significant role in a time of crisis. In…
Geopolitical Impact
Asia Doesn’t Need to Choose Between U.S. and China, Panel SaysBloombergCompetition can create space for nations to play bigger role Asia Briefing Live panel comes amid talk of travel bubbles Asian powers are in a position to avoid choosing between the U.S. and China as they build deeper ties with each other, a panel of…
China’s return to post-COVID new normal \”nearly unthinkable\”: U.S. mediaXinhua News AgencyWASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) — China has returned to a post-COVID-19 new normal, which is "nearly unthinkable," according to U.S. media. In a report on Sunday, CBS News said that from morning tai-chi at various gardens to lunch crush in central…
Common Interests of India and China Far Outweigh Frictions and Differences, Says Chinese EnvoyNews18.comRepresentative image/Reuters China's ambassador to India Sun Weidong said both countries, involved in a protracted border dispute in Eastern Ladakh, need to enhance mutual trust and strengthen cooperation to "write a new chapter in China-India…
EU leaders head back to Brussels to tackle Brexit and a resurgent pandemicFT.com – World, EuropeSecond summit in as many weeks will address state of EU-UK talks and alarming rise in Covid-19 cases
Eye on China: Govt may step up monitoring of fund flow from Hong KongFinancial ExpressCEA says funding vacuum created would be filled up by investors from other countries Chief economic adviser (CEA) Krishnamurthy V Subramanian on Wednesday favoured greater scrutiny of both direct and indirect Chinese investments, indicating that the…
India slams Pakistan at over `rant’ at Commonwealth meet, says it is hosts largest number of terrorists proscribed by UNAni NewsNew Delhi [ India ], October 15 (ANI): India on Wednesday slammed Pakistan for misusing the 20th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) to pursue its "own bigoted and ill-conceived agenda." Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West) said in his…
India, Pakistan in war of words over Kashmir, terror at Commonwealth meetHindustan TimesIndia on Wednesday criticised Pakistan for raising issues such as Kashmir at the virtual Commonwealth foreign ministers’ meeting, saying it is a “globally acknowledged promoter of state-sponsored terrorism” that masquerades as a victim of the menace….
New type of globalization to thrive in post-COVID-19 era: think tankXinhua News AgencyBEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — A new type of globalization, featuring more inclusiveness and innovation, will finally become an irresistible trend in the post-pandemic era, said an economist with an official think tank. Although the rising…
Trump says “China will own the United States” if Biden is electedCBS NewsWhite House changes course on stimulus On the eve of the 2016 election, Donald Trump told business leaders in New York that the U.S. economy would grow a robust 3.5% per year if he were elected president and that the nation would add 25 million new…
We are seeing ‘an evolution of globalization’ amid the coronavirus crisis, strategist saysCNBCMax Castelli, global head of strategy for sovereign markets at UBS Asset Management, discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on investors and central banks.
Would the U.S. protect Taiwan from China? Taiwan’s new envoy hopes for ‘clarity.’Washington PostYou’re reading an excerpt from the Today’s WorldView newsletter. Sign up to get the rest , including news from around the globe, interesting ideas and opinions to know, sent to your inbox every weekday. The U.S.-Taiwan security relationship has been…
Cybersecurity Impact
CyberScoopNews – How the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research https://t.co/Lbz0Fxtjne by… https://t.co/R9oFl3gvx6CyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research https://hubs.ly/H0xYvB80 by @shanvav https://twitter.com/CyberScoopNews/status/1316531485571198976/photo/1
EduardKovacs – Cyber warriors on NATO’s eastern edge are warning that the growing number of people working from home globally due… https://t.co/RYLq64mwHNEduardKovacs – TwitterCyber warriors on NATO's eastern edge are warning that the growing number of people working from home globally due to the pandemic is increasing vulnerability to cyber attacks. https://www.securityweek.com/cyber-warriors-sound-warning-working-home
Fraud victim: ‘I got the shakes every time I went online’BBC News – BusinessAs coronavirus adds to online fraud activity and anxiety, one victim tells of his ordeal.
India Witnessed Spike in Cyber Attacks Amidst Covid-19 – Here’s Why?THN : The Hacker NewsThe COVID-19 outreach is turning out to be not only health, social, and economic hazard but also a cybersecurity crisis. The pandemic has presented new challenges for businesses in the areas of remote collaboration and business continuity. With…
InfoSecHotSpot – The Important Difference Between Cybersecurity And Cyber Resilience (And Why You Need Both) Cyber-attacks on compan… https://t.co/WhqkOnvWi1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Important Difference Between Cybersecurity And Cyber Resilience (And Why You Need Both) Cyber-attacks on companies and individuals have been increasing dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic. Companies need to make sure they have both…
Secnewsbytes – G7 Raises Concerns About Rising Cyberattacks Amid Pandemic | https://t.co/1QeMXr4hZr https://t.co/w6kLS0ZsHESecnewsbytes – TwitterG7 Raises Concerns About Rising Cyberattacks Amid Pandemic | http://SecurityWeek.Com https://www.securityweek.com/g7-raises-concerns-about-rising-cyberattacks-amid-pandemic
State and local governments under siege from cyber threatsHelp Net Security – NewsWith both security budgets and talent pools negatively affected by the ongoing pandemic, state and local governments are struggling to cope with the constant wave of cyber threats more than ever before, a Deloitte study reveals. The study is based…
Stealthy Cryptomining Botnet Grows By Sending COVID-19 EmailsForbes – Cybersecurity RSSA botnet that forces computers to mine the cryptocurrency Monero it getting more active and COVID-19 phishing emails are helping it spread.
Study: Half of battleground states facing cybersecurity challenges ahead of electionThe HillAround half of states typically considered battleground states are facing cybersecurity challenges that put them at risk of a breach ahead of election day, a study released Wednesday found. IT security group SecurityScorecard evaluated and ranked all…
cybersecboardrm – India Witnessed Spike in Cyber Attacks Amidst Covid-19 #Cybersecurity #security https://t.co/GKPw4DBpsBcybersecboardrm – TwitterIndia Witnessed Spike in Cyber Attacks Amidst Covid-19 #Cybersecurity #security https://thehackernews.com/2020/10/covid-19-india-cyberattacks.html

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