16 October 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • As Paris hospital beds fill up with coronavirus patients, France faces a long, deadly winter (ABC Online)
  • Coronavirus India Updates: Tally Tops 73 Lakh; ‘Unlock 5.0’ Kicks In (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Coronavirus in France: Alsace, former epicenter of Covid, coping with crisis today (France24)
  • Friends stuck in Italy coronavirus quarantine for 9 weeks finally allowed home to UK (Liverpool Echo)
  • Genting lines looking to hire Singaporeans as cruises restart (Business Times Singapore)
  • India likely bending the pandemic curve even as government eases more curbs (Livemint.com)
  • Merkel warns of ‘disaster’ as Germany and Italy see record rises in coronavirus infections (Telegraph)
  • Mexico’s coronavirus death tally nears 85,000 (WAM.ae)
  • Parisians brace for ‘catastrophic’ curfew as France battles resurgent virus (NBCNews.com)
  • Saudi Arabia reports 405 new Covid-… (Khaleej Times)
  • Saudi Arabia: COVID-19 clinics not for travel purposes (Gulf News)
  • Second wave of COVID-19 taking grip across Canada (News 1130)
  • Sweden avoiding second wave because of consistent measures and ‘trusting population’, says leading figure (Telegraph)
  • Sweden hasn’t suffered a ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 because it has some immunity and clear messaging (Mail Online UK)
  • Sweden: why the ‘moral superpower’ dissented over Covid-19 (Financial Times – Asia homepage)
  • The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • Tougher restrictions for areas of England and Italy off safe travel list (BBC)
  • UAE visit to Israel may be held at airport due to coronavirus (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – As Coronavirus Surges and Brexit Deadline Nears, Boris Johnson Stalls (NYT.com Main News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson mocked on social media for another clothing mishap after string of scruffy appearances (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Matt Hancock Warns ‘Things Will Get Worse Before They Get Better’ (Huffington Post UK)
  • UK – Matt Hancock announces new local restrictions to curb ‘exponential’ virus spread (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – U.S. Election, Boris Johnson, Your Friday Briefing (NYT.com Europe)
  • US – 4,015 more test positive for COVID-19 in Illinois, highest-ever daily caseload (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – All Michigan bottle and can returns to restart, Treasury says (Detroit News)
  • US – Average Oklahoma Unemployment Lowest Since Pandemic Start (US News & World Report)
  • US – CDC report doesn’t show mask-wearers are more likely to contract COVID-19 (USA Today)
  • US – Connecticut public defenders turn to outdoor application events to help keep court business churning during COVID-19 pandemic (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Coronavirus pandemic causes rise in drug overdose deaths, preliminary CDC data shows (FOXNews.com)
  • US – DeWine to share update on virus’ status in Ohio (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – Florida coronavirus: 3,356 new infections, 141 more residents dead (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – Florida seniors frustrated over Trump’s handling of Covid-19 (CNN)
  • US – Indiana governor tests negative for COVID-19 (Chicago Tribune)
  • US – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on preparing for a second wave of coronavirus during the fall (CNBC)
  • US – Teen on family trip spread the coronavirus to 11 relatives across 4 states after a negative test, CDC says (Washington Post)
  • US – Trump Administration Only Lied To The Public About Coronavirus Dangers (Dealbreaker)
  • US – Trump administration wants to exclude ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ from covid-19 safety grant (Washington Post)
  • US – With coronavirus surging in Ohio, Butler County plans to stockpile PPE (Journal-News)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Will a Half-Step by Macron Be Enough to Blunt France’s Second Wave? (NYT.com Europe)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • A promising inactivated whole-virion SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • COVID-19 policies in the UK and consequences for mental health (Lancet)
  • Canada is trying to secure millions of covid-19 vaccine doses. It should share. (Washington Post)
  • Chinese experimental Covid-19 vaccine is safe and produces an immune response (Mail Online UK)
  • Chinese vaccine trial offers fresh hope in war against pandemic (Irish Independent)
  • Developing health policies in patients presenting with SARS-CoV-2: consider tuberculosis (Lancet)
  • Drug overdose deaths on pace for record year during coronavirus pandemic, CDC says (star-telegram.com)
  • El Segundo firm to begin Phase 1 clinical trial for coronavirus vaccine (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • Reducing alcohol misuse during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya (Lancet)
  • Remdesivir has ‘little effect’ on death risks, says WHO (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Russia Clears Remdesivir Coronavirus Drugs Used in Trump’s Treatment (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Russia approves second Covid-19 vaccine after early trials (Mail Online UK)
  • Russia coronavirus: Country approves second vaccine after early trials (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • The Lombardy region of Italy launches the first investigative COVID-19 commission (Lancet)
  • The recovery of Trump and Johnson from COVID-19 does not prove vaccines are unnecessary (Reuters)
Societal & Economic Impact
Average Oklahoma Unemployment Lowest Since Pandemic StartUS News & World ReportThe Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports that the state's four-week average of unemployment claims has fallen below 100,000 for the first time since the jobless rate skyrocketed due to the coronavirus pandemic. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —…
COVID-19 and Climate Change: A Tale of Two Global ProblemsMDPIEGADE Business School–Tec de Monterrey, Zapopan 45201, Jalisco, Mexico Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan, 20133 Milan, Italy Luiss University Rome and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, 20123 Milan, Italy Facultad de C.C….
Coronavirus pandemic fueled by ‘perfect storm’ of rising obesity rates and air pollution since 1990sMail Online UKGlobal healthy life expectancy, the number of years a person can expect to have good health, has risen by 6.5 years since 1990 and in US to 65.2 years old However, it has increased more slowly than life expectancy, suggesting more people are living…
Families hit hard by coronavirus recessionBN Western AustraliaMore than one in five Australian families are jobless, as the coronavirus pandemic slugs the economy.
IMF body worried about lasting scars on global economy from pandemicYonhap News AgencySEJONG, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) — The coronavirus pandemic is likely to leave "long-lasting scars" on the global economy, although an uneven global economic recovery is underway, an advisory body of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday. After…
India giving free ration to 80 cr poor amid pandemic: PMIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India has been providing free ration to about 80 crore poor for the last 7 to 8 months during coronavirus pandemic, which entails a cost of around Rs…
McConnell pushes back on ‘higher amount’ for COVID-19 stimulusNationalPost.comWASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the idea of a coronavirus relief package exceeding $1.8 trillion on Thursday, calling his plan for a smaller $500 billion bill an appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic….
Pollution and Coronavirus Pandemic Could Spell Double Trouble for Delhiites This WinterNews18.comWith the festive season being round the corner, there are chances that there will be more movement of people especially in crowded places and now that the pollution levels are rapidly rising, this can further result in the infection spreading fast. Fa…
Trump would go higher than $1.8 trillion on coronavirus stimulus dealNationalPost.comWASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would agree to go higher than the $1.8 trillion that the White House has offered in coronavirus stimulus funding to strike a deal with House Democrats, who are seeking $2.2 trillion….
U.S. gun sales soar amid pandemic, social unrest, election fearsYahoo! SingaporeLike legions of other first-time buyers who are contributing to record sales for the U.S. gun industry this year, Garland’s decision to take up arms is driven in part by disturbing news about the coronavirus pandemic, social unrest over police…
Geopolitical Impact
‘Pakistan, Afghanistan handled COVID-19 better than India’: Rahul Gandhi attacks CentreBusiness Today IndiaLambasting the Centre over COVID-19 pandemic management in India and the recent projections by the IMF, Congress leader and MP from Kerala's Wayanad Rahul Gandhi said that even nations like Pakistan and Afghanistan handled the coronavirus crisis…
As Coronavirus Surges and Brexit Deadline Nears, Boris Johnson StallsNYT.com Main NewsThe prime minister’s delaying strategy carries severe risks if he misplays his hand, with the pandemic worsening and a Brexit deadline approaching.
Brexit: Businesses fear ‘dual impact’ of coronavirus and no-deal departure from EUThe IndependentPandemic will magnify not mask the damage from EU exit, warn businesses Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile More than half of UK companies fear that the Covid pandemic will magnify the negative impact of a no-deal…
China envoy warns Canada against granting asylum to Hong Kong protestersBusiness Standard IndiaProtests against the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese governments swelled last year, and Beijing clamped down on expressions of anti-government sentiment in the city with a new national security law The Chinese ambassador to Canada warned the Trudeau…
China moves to ban Aussie cotton as trade sanctions boil overMail Online UKChina told its spinning mills to stop ordering cotton from Australian growers A 40 per cent tariff on Australian cotton could also reportedly soon be enforced China has already placed sanctions on barley and beef imports from Australia Agriculture…
IMF Data Shows Virus Will Push China GDP Growth Well Beyond U.S.Bloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — The Covid-19 pandemic will produce lasting shifts to global growth, pushing China even more to the forefront.
India denies messaging Pakistan for talks, accuses Islamabad of ‘hate speech’Arab NewsPolitical analysts fear further deterioration in India-Pakistan relations may impact on future of whole region If joint clinical trials are successful, Russia wants to share its technology with the Philippines and start local production of the Sputnik…
Manila asserts ‘economic rights’ in lifting South China Sea banNikkei Asian ReviewMANILA — The Philippines' decision to allow its contractors to resume drilling for energy resources in disputed areas of the South China Sea is based on the country's "economic rights," Manila's energy minister said on Friday. Secretary Alfonso Cusi…
New coronavirus infections soar across EU, UK and USSpecial Broadcasting ServiceThe introduction of tough lockdowns has sparked anger but the World Health Organisation says hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake.
Pakistan, Afghanistan handled COVID-19 better than India: Rahul GandhiDNA IndiaGandhi has repeatedly targeted the Central government and BJP on various issues pertaining to governance, COVID-19 and the economy. Launching another attack on the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the centre, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday…
Remdesivir and Covid-19 deaths, Brexit crisis, US suburbanitesFT.com – UK NewsWHO trial finds Covid-19 treatment remdesivir has no substantial effects on a patient’s survival
Talks between India, China going on; do not want to pre-judge: JaishankarBusiness Standard IndiaIndia and China are engaged in talks to resolve the border standoff and what is going on is "something confidential" between the two sides, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday India and China are engaged in talks to resolve the…
Top 10 stories of day: Markets’ 10-day rally ends; India slams China for border remarks & moreTimes of IndiaNEW DELHI: Tensions over border dispute between India and China continued as New Delhi slammed Beijing for questioning the UT status of Ladakh. The markets ended their 10-day rally by crashing over 1000 points even as Centre said that it would borrow…
UK, EU Agree To Extend Brexit Talks As COVID-19 Complicates Critical SummitZero HedgeUK, EU Agree To Extend Brexit Talks As COVID-19 Complicates Critical Summit Tyler Durden Thu, 10/15/2020 – 13:59 Thursday marks the beginning of a two-day European Council summit where – Brussels had hoped, at least – a trade deal between the UK and…
What China’s carbon neutral pledge means for Hong KongSouth China Morning Post – NewsThis year has been full of surprises. Covid-19 still hangs over the world, devastating economies. Elections have been postponed because of the pandemic, including ours in Hong Kong. The coronavirus is also affecting geopolitics – and Hong Kong is in…
Cybersecurity Impact
COVID-19 Themed Attacks Ramp up, Become the Biggest Phishing ThreatCywareAs the pandemic continues to impact the world, hackers are making headway on new phishing schemes that leverage users’ fears, doubt, and uncertainty around COVID-19. New research from KnowBe4 has revealed that coronavirus-related phishing emails…
Federal watchdog finds escalating cyberattacks on schools pose potential harm to studentsThe HillThe Government Accountability Office (GAO), a federal watchdog agency, on Thursday published findings concluding that an increasing number of cyberattacks on educational institutions were putting students increasingly at risk. As part of a report…
InfoSecHotSpot – State and local governments under siege from cyber threats With both security budgets and talent pools negatively a… https://t.co/5f8FnJemd4InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterState and local governments under siege from cyber threats With 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…
Network Access Sellers Offering to Kickstart Ransomware AttacksCywareRecently Accenture 's Cyber Threat Intelligence team outlined a trend of collaboration between network access sellers and ransomware gangs. Several cybercriminals are increasingly offering initial network access to already-compromised companies on…
Parliament beefs up cyber security after two major attacks in 2019Sydney Morning HeraldPoliticians and their staff face stricter rules around use of personal phones on parliamentary networks as it emerged a state actor was the likely culprit behind a second major cyber attack in 2019. Parliamentary account holders were asked to stop…
Securityblog – RT @SaudiDFIR: Agile Threat Actors Pivot from COVID-19 to Voter Registration Themes in Phishing Lures https://t.co/YfeCUM3zC5Securityblog – TwitterRT @SaudiDFIR: Agile Threat Actors Pivot from COVID-19 to Voter Registration Themes in Phishing Lures https://otx.alienvault.com/pulse/5f88a5f08385accc7b0c3623/
State CIOs face same cyber issues as corporate peers, with budget constraintsSC Magazine USStates must focus more on digital modernization and improve the role of CISOs, and the cyber issues they face mirror those of broad array of industries. The top barriers state CIOs face sound eerily familiar: lack of sufficient cybersecurity budget ;…
The Cybersecurity 202: High voter turnout suggests enthusiasm and anxiety about ballots being countedWashington Postwith Tonya Riley A record-breaking number of early ballots cast by mail and in person suggests Americans are eager to get their votes in as early as possible. There are two key ways to look at the massive early turnout, which has already topped 14…
kaspersky – This year’s survey on the state of ICS #cybersecurity was a special one. As a result of the pandemic, industrial cy… https://t.co/oGVwQinqKKkaspersky – TwitterThis year's survey on the state of ICS #cybersecurity was a special one. As a result of the pandemic, industrial cybersecurity was exposed to new challenges. This report explores how the effects of the pandemic, cyberthreat challenges, and…
security_wang – India Witnessed Spike in Cyber Attacks Amidst Covid-19 – Here’s Why? https://t.co/Q8V2BWU6b7security_wang – TwitterIndia Witnessed Spike in Cyber Attacks Amidst Covid-19 – Here's Why? http://dlvr.it/Rjf5JH

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