16 September 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia Records First Day Without COVID-19 Death In Two Months (News18.com)
  • COVID-19 infections in Australia could be nearly 60,000 more than reported: study (9News.com.au)
  • Coping with How FRANCE 24 has adapted to the new normal (France24)
  • Coronavirus India achieves major milestone in battle against COVID-19 virus (News24online)
  • Coronavirus in Canada: Did you lose a loved one to COVID-19? (CTV News)
  • Denmark tells Copenhagen restaurants to close at 10 p.m. (Mail Online UK)
  • Family returned to Australia battles to see father (9News.com.au)
  • Feeling in Germany is that war on virus is being won (Irish Independent)
  • Foreign Covid workers in France to be fast-tracked for nationality (The Guardian)
  • Germany Boosts Investment in Covid-19 Vaccine Research (WSJ.com World News)
  • Germany Says It Will Take In Refugees, Easing Burden on Greece (NYT.com Europe)
  • Health minister hopeful Canada can avoid sweeping lockdowns during second wave (NationalPost.com)
  • India overtakes Brazil, US to record the highest number of COVID-19 recoveries in the world (DNA India)
  • Ireland delays relaxing strict COVID-19 travel restrictions until October (Today Online)
  • Pakistani government announces to reopen educational institutes in phases from Sept. 15 (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Roundup: New measures in Portugal, Austria on alert, German industry hit (EFE)
  • Sweden and Germany to be added to travel green list (Irish Times)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sept. 15 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Covid Tests To Be Rationed As Matt Hancock Told System In Chaos (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • UK – Don’t worry, Matt Hancock will sort out testing ‘in a matter of weeks’ (The Independent)
  • UK – Matt Hancock has lost control of Covid-19 in UK, says Labour (The Guardian)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak urges firms to keep staff amid unemployment fears when furlough scheme ends next month (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – The British government’s ‘rule of six’ coronavirus restriction is enforceable by law (Reuters)
  • US – Bill Gates: CDC being ‘written out of the picture’ on coronavirus (The Hill)
  • US – CDC: 121 people under 21 died of COVID-19 through July (Washington Times)
  • US – California has record low COVID-19 positivity rate (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Coronavirus Most Likely to Kill Minority Children, CDC Says (Bloomberg)
  • US – Economic woes widen as governor prepares to delay Hawaii’s reopening again (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Fauci praises Vermont coronavirus response: ‘Don’t let your guards down’ (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Kim Reynolds allows bars to reopen in four Iowa counties a few weeks after she ordered them closed (Des Moines Register)
  • US – Minnesota launches COVID-19 prevalence survey (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – Pennsylvania Officials Stand By Pandemic Response After Judge Rules Against Orders (NPR)
  • US – People who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant: CDC study (NationalPost.com)
  • US – South Carolina courts reopen with pandemic adjustments (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Texas county to pay coronavirus survivors for plasma donations (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Trump cheered a decision striking down Pennsylvania pandemic restrictions. (NYT.com U.S.)
  • US – Trump says not pressing U.S. government for coronavirus vaccine for political reasons (Nasdaq)
  • US – US judge calls Pennsylvania coronavirus restrictions ‘unconstitutional’ (The Straits Times All News)
  • Volunteers quit COVID-19 vaccine trial in Spain amid serious side effects reported in U.K. study (New York Daily News)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What life is really like in lockdown-free Sweden (Telegraph)
Actions by Companies
  • Apple Rolls Out Virtual Fitness Service, Subscription Bundle, Catering To Pandemic Work-from-home (News18.com)
  • Apple Updates iPad Air With All-Screen Look, Lifts Price to $599 (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trial In US On Hold Until Midweek: Report (NDTV)
  • AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial in US on hold until at least midweek: sources (Business Today India)
  • BP warns demand for oil may never recover from coronavirus crisis impact (Herald Scotland)
  • Big size purchases: Consumer behavior shifts due to COVID-19 pandemic, says P&G (ABS-CBN News)
  • British court deals setback to QBE in battle over coronavirus payouts (Australian Financial Review)
  • Citigroup to resume cutting jobs, ending pause during pandemic (The Straits Times All News)
  • Citigroup to resume job cuts, ending pandemic pause (The Straits Times Print Business News)
  • Colombia’s Ecopetrol to repay $430 mln in loans earlier than expected (Nasdaq)
  • Covid-19 vaccine latest updates: Bill Gates sees key role for India, AstraZeneca US trials on hold (Hindustan Times)
  • Etisalat subscribers to access 5G fixed services in UAE (WAM.ae)
  • Grasim gains 2% as firm says it will maintain comfortable liquidity (Economic Times)
  • Green light for Eskom to buy renewable energy (IT Web)
  • H&M’s Coronavirus Recovery Beats Expectations (WSJ.com US Business)
  • Harmony Gold eyes production bounce as pandemic impact fades (Seeking Alpha)
  • Huawei Delay Mate 40 Global Launch Until Next Year (Channel News Australia)
  • Introducing SoftBank’s mask wearing detection device Pepper the robot (Mail Online UK)
  • Kraft Heinz Cuts $2B of Costs to Lift Marketing Spending 30% (TheStreet.com)
  • LA Times: AstraZeneca Hiked Up Drug Prices During Coronavirus Pandemic (NewsMax.com)
  • Murphy oil restarting offshore production in U.S. Gulf: company (Reuters)
  • Ocado Sales Surge Again as Pandemic Lifts Demand for Deliveries (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Petrobras Slashes 2021-2025 E&P CapEx Guidance Amid Coronavirus (Nasdaq)
  • Petrobras resumes oil trading with Vitol, Trafigura and Glencore (NationalPost.com)
  • Petrobras resumes oil trading with Vitol, Trafigura, Glencore – Reuters (Seeking Alpha)
  • Petrobras to cut five-year capex plan to $40B-$50B, focus on pre-salt (Seeking Alpha)
  • Pfizer says late-stage coronavirus vaccine study shows moderate side effects (Reuters India)
  • Rupert’s Remgro expects large drop in earnings due to impact of Covid-19 (News24)
  • Singapore Airlines might pilot ‘flights to nowhere’ to boost business: report (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Some JPMorgan traders catch COVID-19 as bank reopens offices (Chicago Tribune)
  • South Africa’s Harmony Gold To Boost Output Gains After Pandemic Hit (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • States battling over Qantas (9News.com.au)
  • Swedish retailer H&M bounces back into profit (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • T’way Air to start flights to Wuhan, first in 8 months since virus outbreak (Yonhap News Agency)
  • UOB freezes wages, slows hiring amid continued fallout from Covid-19 (The Straits Times All News)
  • US FDA’s Hahn plans ‘significant’ work with AstraZeneca in COVID-19 trial inquiry (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Virus raises demand for Sharp low-end displays (Taipei Times Online)
  • Why there’s little chance we’ll have coronavirus vaccine data in October, according to JPMorgan (Business Insider Australia)
  • With just one ship now sailing, Carnival loses $2.9 billion in Q3 (Fortune)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Evaluation of the COVID-19 response in Spain: principles and requirements (Lancet)
  • Human trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine are STILL on hold in the US over safety fears (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on malaria intervention coverage, morbidity, and mortality in Africa: a geospatial modelling analysis (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Long-term hydroxychloroquine use in patients with rheumatic conditions and development of SARS-CoV-2 infection: a retrospective cohort study (Lancet)
  • Medicare may not cover coronavirus vaccine costs: report (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Op-Ed: Vaccine doubter may pose issues for COVID-19 vaccine (Los Angeles Times)
  • The UCL Ventura CPAP device for COVID-19 (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Top US health official says coronavirus vaccine not likely until mid-2021: ‘That’s just a fact’ (The Hill)
  • Trump’s coronavirus vaccine czar says U.S. could immunize ‘most susceptible’ Americans by December (CNBC)
  • Vallance: Covid-19 vaccine could be available to some before the end of the year (Mail Online UK)
  • What can we expect from first-generation COVID-19 vaccines? (Lancet)
  • When Bill Gates thinks we’ll have a COVID-19 vaccine—and why that won’t be the end of the pandemic (Fortune)
  • When Will We See a Covid-19 Vaccine For Kids? (NYT.com Main News)
  • When will UK have a vaccine and what treatments exist? (The Independent)
  • World Health Organization commits to ensuring equal access to COVID-19 vaccine (Mail Online UK)
Societal & Economic Impact
‘State of economy, unemployment are biggest challenges’Mumbai MirrorThe biggest challenge in the country at the moment is the state of economy and unemployment , Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule said on Monday, adding that she feels the Centre is not talking extensively about either of the two…
Fears anxiety around the coronavirus pandemic could spike Aboriginal suicides in remote communitiesMail Online UKAn increase in anxiety over COVID-19 could spark a rise in Aboriginal suicides  Minister for Indigenous Australians voiced his concern about the pandemic  He feared the suicide rate could surge in remote Aboriginal communities   Suicide is the fifth…
France: Billions against recessionDeutsche WelleFrance is trying to limit unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The government is investing in a huge 100 billion euro recovery program supporting short-term work.
HK injects economy with ‘virus stimulus’Emirates-Business.aeAdmin 5 mins ago International News , Uncategorized Bloomberg Hong Kong announced HK$24 billion ($3.1 billion) in virus relief stimulus and will lift some social distancing restrictions as the city’s economy suffers from a recession prompted by protests…
In Rajya Sabha, members express concern over suicides caused by coronavirus pandemicThe HinduRamgopal Yadav said that in last five months, in Noida, 44 people died due to COVID-19, but in the same duration, 165 persons committed suicide due to economic distress and stress. There has been an exponential rise in the number of suicides because…
Labor using the pandemic to ‘ditch its absurd climate change policies’GoldCoastBulletin.com.auSky News host Chris Kenny says Labor is using the pandemic as an excuse for ditching its absurd climate change policies.
NZTA funnelling money into public transportRadio New ZealandWaka Kotahi/ the NZTA has ploughed nearly a $100 million into public transport so far to keep services afloat. Trains and buses have been hammered by Covid-19 as lock downs resulted in a huge drop in passenger numbers. For the time being the Agency -…
The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a rise in unemployment and homelessness in Africa.Deutsche WelleThe number of infections has been lower than forecast, but the pandemic is hitting Africa’s economy hard and disrupting tourism and other crucial sectors. Many people have lost their jobs and homelessness is on the rise.
U.S. Poverty Hit a Record Low Before the Pandemic RecessionNYT.com Main NewsThe share of Americans in poverty in 2019 declined and median incomes were the highest on record, a Census Bureau report showed.
Young people most affected by coronavirus unemploymentLondon Evening StandardIt is the young who are most likely to work in the services sector of the economy, in particular retail tourism and the restaurant industries Everyone has been hit hard by coronavirus but when it comes to the labour market, the young have been the…
Geopolitical Impact
Analysis: Iran and Palestine lose out from Israel dealFrance24FRANCE 24’s international affairs editor Philip Turle says the Israel-UAE-Bahrain deal is a coup for Donald Trump, coming amid criticism of his handling of the coronavirus and California fires. For Palestine, however, the accord kills off hopes of a…
China’s wider opening-up to boost economic globalizationPekingpress.comby Xinhua writer Ma Qian BEIJING, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) — The world economy has been lingering in the doldrums amid the COVID-19 pandemic and headwinds against globalization, and open cooperati
China’s Paper Win at WTO Doesn’t Dissuade Trump From Trade WarBloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — Supply Lines is a daily newsletter that tracks Covid-19’s impact on trade. Sign up here, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis on the pandemic.
Column: China exchanges U.S. pork for soybeans after both lead 2020 exports – BraunReutersBy 6 Min Read FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Reuters) – Soybeans usually account for about half the annual value of U.S. farm exports to China, but pork uncharacteristically joined the oilseed atop the list in the first half of 2020 as the world’s top consumer…
Duterte takes swipe at western suppliers, to prioritise China, RussiaSouth China Morning Post – NewsPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to prioritise buying a Covid-19 vaccine to be made available by Russia or China, taking a swipe at western pharmaceutical firms asking for advance payment for their offers. South Korea meanwhile…
German ZEW investor sentiment rises despite Brexit, COVID-19 headwindsNasdaqA dds context, background BERLIN, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Investor sentiment in Germany rose unexpectedly in September, the ZEW economic research institute said on Tuesday, signalling confidence in a recovery from the coronavirus crisis despite headwinds…
N. Korea touches on Hong Kong, South China Sea issues at last week’s ARF sessionKorea Herald(Ministry Of Foreign Affairs) North Korea touched on regional issues, such as Hong Kong and the South China Sea, during last week’s annual multilateral security forum, a source said Tuesday, in contrast to their past remarks focusing on their own…
National security law and coronavirus put Hong Kong students of Chinese medicine ‘in fear of mainland China internships’South China Morning PostSome final-year students said to be planning to defer their studies to avoid having to take part in this year’s mandatory placements over the border At least two city universities told students of the returning internships, which are required under…
Nato secretary general to meet with Iraqi foreign ministerAbu Dhabi NationalThe Western alliance has committed itself to its training mission in Iraq Sep 15, 2020 September 15, 2020 Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is to meet with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein on Wednesday to discuss the alliance’s continued…
Some economists predict coronavirus could end globalization, while others see the nature and rules of international collaboration changingCNBCMohamed El-Erian foresees an era of deglobalization with less dynamic productivity and higher industrial concentration. China’s change to the recycling industry is a good example of how deglobalization wreak havoc on an industry. Politicians and…
U.S. issues sweeping new travel warning for China, Hong KongAsahi.comBEIJING–The U.S. on Tuesday issued a sweeping new advisory warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, citing the risk of “arbitrary detention” and “arbitrary enforcement of local laws.” The advisory is likely to heighten tensions between…
£32m emergency cuts leave Newcastle Council ‘very thinly spread’ to deal with Covid-19 and BrexitNewcastle Evening ChronicleNick Forbes said the government had “not followed through” on promises to cover the costs of the virus crisis and it was “very clear” that there will not be more funding this year Emergency budget cuts of more than £30 million will leave Newcastle…
Cybersecurity Impact
DaaS, BYOD, leasing and buying: Which is better for cybersecurity?Help Net Security – NewsIn the digital age, staff expect employers to provide hardware, and companies need hardware that allows employees to work efficiently and securely. There are already a number of models to choose from to purchase and manage hardware, however, with…
Frost & Sullivan and Forcepoint Asia Pacific Risk & Cybersecurity SurveyForcepoint.comFrost & Sullivan conducted a survey of 400 Asia Pacific (APAC) IT leaders in Australia, India, Singapore and Hong Kong to understand the enterprise cyber risk in today’s fast evolving digital landscape. The survey findings reveal that it is vital for…
German investigators treating ransomware attack as negligent homicide, reports sayCyberscoop – NewsGerman prosecutors last week opened a homicide investigation into a deadly ransomware incident on a university hospital, according to multiple German media reports. If confirmed, it would be the first documented case of a death stemming,…
Member of thedarkoverlord sentenced to 60 months and $1.4 million in restitutionDataBreaches.netThe first — and so far, only — person to have been arrested and charged as a member of “thedarkoverlord” pleaded guilty today in federal court in Missouri. Nathan Francis Wyatt, 39, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in the…
Ransomware attacks growing in number, severity: Why experts believe it will get worseCSO MagazineRansomware has become the most chronic and common threat to digital networks. At a time when 41% of all cybersecurity insurance claims flow from ransomware attacks, it’s no surprise that ransomware is top of mind for leading security experts,…
Securityblog – RT @TheHackersNews: A new report explains COVID-19’s impact on #cybersecurity, detailing changes in cyberattacks experts at @Cynet360 have…Securityblog – TwitterRT @TheHackersNews: A new report explains COVID-19’s impact on #cybersecurity, detailing changes in cyberattacks experts at @Cynet360 have observed across North America and Europe since the beginning of this…
What’s in Vogue? Experts Point to Ransomware AttacksCywareThe financial impact of ransomware attacks is huge. Since the coronavirus pandemic set in full force, threat actors have been launching brutal ransomware attacks on businesses worldwide. Some statistics your way Notable ransomware threats The Zeppelin…
cybersecboardrm – DDoS Attacks Skyrocket as Pandemic Bites #Cybersecurity #security https://t.co/QuZcGSyZh8cybersecboardrm – TwitterDDoS Attacks Skyrocket as Pandemic Bites #Cybersecurity #security https://threatpost.com/ddos-attacks-skyrocket-pandemic/159301/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_Twitter&utm_campaign=Twitter_Posts
enisa_eu – #Cyberattacks have nearly doubled during #COVID19, but hospitals are fighting back by increasing their cybersecurit… https://t.co/5TVtWJxPNxenisa_eu – Twitter#Cyberattacks have nearly doubled during #COVID19, but hospitals are fighting back by increasing their cybersecurity.

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