16 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • Belgium nursing homes failed patients amid pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • China claims Covid-19 found on meat products imported from New Zealand (ONE News)
  • Coronavirus Sweden: ‘Wishful thinking’ left country exposed to second wave (Mail Online UK)
  • Coronavirus has been circulating in Italy since September last year, researchers say (The Independent)
  • Germany Wants To Avoid “Yo-Yo Shutdown” Of Economy With 4-5 Months Of ‘Severe’ Lockdown (Zero Hedge)
  • Germany celebrates couch potatoes as COVID-19 heroes (New York Post)
  • Germany considering tougher restrictions (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany’s famed Church tax income plummets during pandemic (Deutsche Welle)
  • India’s daily Covid-19 spike lowest in 4 months (Deccan Herald)
  • India’s wrestling pits turn into gyms in pandemic (BBC News – Asia)
  • Iran moves to curb third wave of Covid-19 (Meed)
  • Italy is on course to have more Covid-19 patients in intensive care by the end of the month than it did during the… https://t.co/ixchgZiWh7 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • New Zealand says they weren’t notified about COVID-19 in their meat products (Mail Online UK)
  • South Korea weighs stricter distancing as COVID-19 takes ‘a very dangerous turn’ (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Spain’s general medical council calls for Covid health chief to be fired (The Guardian)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID 19 in Canada for Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • The pandemic and Malaysian birth rates: A lost Covid-19 generation (thestar.com.my)
  • UK – Boris Johnson in isolation (9News.com.au)
  • UK – Boris Johnson self-isolating again after Covid-19 made him critically ill in April (ONE News)
  • UK – British PM Boris Johnson Self-Quarantining After Potential Contact With Covid-19 Coronavirus (Forbes.com)
  • UK – Government made ‘mistakes’ handling crisis, admits Matt Hancock during awkward GMB interview (The Independent)
  • UK – UK: Boris Johnson self-isolates as Brexit talks enter last leg (Deutsche Welle)
  • US – 4-year-old’s dad died of COVID-19; months later, his mom died, too, Texas family says (star-telegram.com)
  • US – COVID surges in Dakotas are warning of what may happen in Nebraska, Iowa (Omaha World-Herald)
  • US – Column: With the COVID-19 pandemic and a battered economy, California voters said no to more taxes (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Fauci says Trump administration should start working with President-elect Biden on coronavirus response (CNBC)
  • US – Game between Arizona State and Colorado shelved due to virus (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – Michigan enacts new coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars, schools (The Hill)
  • US – Michigan governor announces new coronavirus restrictions (Washington Post)
  • US – Oregon governor warns violators of coronavirus ‘freeze’ could face jail, hefty fines (The Hill)
  • US – Oregon official calls out Brown’s COVID-19 restriction before Thanksgiving (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Texas inmates move dead bodies of COVID-19 victims (9News.com.au)
  • US – U.S. CDC reports 244,810 deaths from coronavirus (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Washington state rolls out tough new COVID-19 restrictions (Global News Canada)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • [INSIGHT] Australia and Indonesia: Regional partners through a pandemic (Jakarta Post)
  • ‘Everything points to France having passed the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic’, says health minister (France24)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • BioNTech scientist: Vaccine could halve virus transmission (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • Clinical trials of third potential Covid-19 vaccine in the UK underway (Sky News)
  • Difference in antibody evolution could predict COVID-19 outcomes (News-Medical.Net)
  • I got the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Or maybe not. But here’s what I’ve learned (AZCentral.com)
  • I tested positive for coronavirus antibodies — what now? (Washington Post)
  • Letters: Partnerships will spread the word about importance of COVID-19 vaccine (Chicago Tribune)
  • Normal by NEXT Christmas: Real impact of Covid-19 vaccine to be seen after the summer, creator says (Mail Online UK)
  • Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is good news, but it’s no magic bullet (Irish Times)
  • Sanofi says its Covid-19 vaccine will not need supercooling (FirstWord Pharma)
  • The World in 2021: The path to a covid-19 vaccine may be quick but it will be bumpy (The Economist)
Societal & Economic Impact
70% Of Americans Unlikely To Travel For Holidays As US Faces Second Virus WaveZero Hedge70% Of Americans Unlikely To Travel For Holidays As US Faces Second Virus Wave Tyler Durden Sun, 11/15/2020 – 09:55 As many on Wall Street want to believe, the prospects of a COVID-19 vaccine are certainly not instant stimulus. For some…
Column: With the COVID-19 pandemic and a battered economy, California voters said no to more taxeslatimes.com – Los Angeles TimesVoters this year are very anxious about the economy as the pandemic takes a toll on businesses, jobs and retirement savings. They didn't want to unleash a major new property tax hike that might further cripple the California economy.
Dozens gather in Woodstock, Ont. to protest COVID-19 restrictionsCTV NewsKITCHENER — A gathering that had been dubbed “a freedom rally” saw dozens of people come together in Woodstock, Ont. to protest COVID-19 restrictions. The group, none of who were wearing masks, met at Museum Square downtown on Sunday around 2 p.m. “All…
India celebrates quieter Diwali amid COVID-19 precuations, pollution woesMoneycontrol.comDiwali is a festival that brings people to the streets to set off crackers, rockets and other kinds of fireworks that light up the roads and the skies. This time, however, due to the pandemic, many states have imposed various kinds of restrictions on…
Japan looks to avert Covid-19 lockdowns and keep economy openFinancial Times – Asia homepageDoctor leading response warns against high-risk situations such as drinking parties
Japanese economy rebounds from record slump as pandemic pain easesJapanTimes.co.jpThe nation's economy grew an annualized 21.4% in the third quarter, but many analysts expect any further rebound to be moderate.
Japan’s economy rebounds in third quarter, but coronavirus set to slow recoverySouth China Morning PostGDP rose 21.4 per cent, the fastest growth since 1968, helped by government stimulus that fuelled a sharp jump in consumer spending and a pickup in trade But Covid-19 cases are rising and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga last week called for a third…
Loansharking, fake test results and betting on chess: How organized crime has learned to thrive in the COVID-19 pandemicToronto Star OnlineThis copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com…
Masks mandatory for Akl public transport, NZ flightsRadio New ZealandDust off your face masks – the government has made them mandatory, but only in certain situations. From Thursday if you're travelling on public transport around Auckland or on a flight anywhere in the country, you'll have to wear a mask. Any public…
Geopolitical Impact
15 Asia-Pacific nations, including China, sign world’s biggest trade pact; India keeps outHindu Business LineIndia had exited RCEP talks over fears on imports Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations, including China but excluding India, on Sunday signed the world’s biggest trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with the hope that it…
39th SIBF concludes as 1st successful global trade exhibitionSharjah24The hybrid offline – online model of SIBF 2020 themed ‘The World Reads from Sharjah’ and organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), offered 1,024 publishers from 73 nations a much-needed opportunity to showcase millions of titles including 80,000…
Avoid actions that erode trust in South China Sea: JaishankarThe StatesmanIn a veiled reference to China’s aggression on maritime issues, external affairs minister S Jaishankar has expressed “concern about actions and incidents that erode trust” in the South China Sea region. He said the Code of Conduct negotiations should…
China on mind, India warns of actions in SCS that ‘erode trust’Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: India continues to turn the heat on China to act responsibly in the South China Sea (SCS) waters, with the government expressing concern at the East Asia Summit about actions and incidents that “erode trust in the region”. Participating in…
Economic Data from China Sets the Tone, with COVID-19 and Brexit in FocusNasdaqFXEmpire.com – Earlier in the Day: It’s was a busy start to the day on the economic calendar this morning. The Japanese Yen and Aussie Dollar by proxy were in action in the early part of the day. Later today, RBA Governor Lowe is scheduled to speak,…
Europe needs to ‘step up to the plate’ to counter Chinese threats, says former Nato chiefTelegraphAnders Fogh Rasmussen said the deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth to Asia would send 'a clear signal' The deployment of one of Britain’s new aircraft carriers to East Asia next year would send a “clear signal” that European nations are ready to counter…
Figments of imagination: India blasts Pakistan’s charge on terrorismBusiness Standard IndiaThis is yet another futile anti-India propaganda exercise. The so-called claims of 'proof' against India enjoy no credibility, the Indian side added India on Sunday mounted a hard-hitting attack on Pakistan for accusing it of involvement in some of…
Kanpur man returns home after spending 8 years in Pakistan jail on espionage ch…Hindustan TimesShamsuddin, jailed in Pakistan on espionage charges, was waiting for eight years to meet his family. That wait finally came to an end on Sunday when the 70-year-old was brought back by authorities to his native place near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. A…
News updates from Hindustan Times: After India, Afghanistan rejects Pakistan’s so-called terror dossier and all the latest newsHindustan TimesHere are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion at 1 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times. After India, Afghanistan rejects Pakistan’s so-called terror dossier Afghanistan has joined India in dismissing…
RCEP redefines new era of globalization as US juggles its unilateral dilemmasGlobal TimesThe signing ceremony of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is held via video conference in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, November 15, 2020. Photo: Xinhua The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a free trade…
View: Covid and China: The ‘C-factors’ in India’s Road to ‘Atmanirbharta’Economic TimesBy Shakti Sinha and Sarthak Shukla In early 1980s, Deng Xiaoping, China’s paramount leader of the time, predicted the future of Asia’s growth story using a metaphor. He compared Asia’s growth to a jet plane which was about to take off, with China and…
Cybersecurity Impact
8 members of voice phishing ring arrested amid suspicions of link to N.K. hackerYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Nov. 16 (Yonhap) — Eight members of a voice phishing ring have been arrested in South Korea and China and investigators are looking into suspected links to a North Korean hacker, officials said Monday. Police and the National Intelligence…
Cephurs – Microsoft says hackers from Russia and North Korea attacked COVID-19 vaccine makers https://t.co/Tqcz6HbtgwCephurs – TwitterMicrosoft says hackers from Russia and North Korea attacked COVID-19 vaccine makers https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/14/21565136/microsoft-hackers-russia-north-korea-attacked-covid-19-vaccine-coronavirus
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Data Breach Incident Involving COVID-19 ResultsOffice of Inadequate SecurityDOVER (Nov. 15, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing today that it is mailing letters to…
Developer security is booming as hack-prevention starts earlier than ever: Here are the 25 startups you need to know in this red-hot spaceClusterstockSnyk; Uptycs; Stackhawk; ShiftLeft; Yuqing Liu/Business Insider Developer security is one of the fastest-growing segments of the booming cybersecurity industry, according to the analysis firm PitchBook. The sector is pushed by the hot trend of…
ENISA: Top 15 Threats: Spam, Phishing, and Malware!CyberCrime & Doing TimeENISA's Top 15 Threats report starts with this summary document: …
Targeted Spear-Phishing on the RiseSecurity Bloggers Network
The World in 2021: The pandemic showed up humanity’s vulnerabilityThe EconomistT HE CORONAVIRUS pandemic is a warning for humanity. It is a reminder that, despite all our technological progress, humanity remains vulnerable to catastrophes that shake the world. Many have taken to calling 2020 an unprecedented time—but the truth…

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