17 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia’s current COVID-19 statistics (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • EXPLAINER: Italy faces a political crisis amid a pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • France’s 6pm curfew takes effect (Deutsche Welle)
  • India starts world’s largest covid-19 vaccination drive (Arkansas Online)
  • Inside the hunt for new COVID-19 variants in Canada (Global News Canada)
  • Israel to Begin Reopening Economy in February, Minister Says (Bloomberg)
  • Italy Awaits Third Coronavirus Wave And Introduces New Restrictions (Despite Successful Vaccine Rollout) (Forbes.com)
  • Italy suspends flights from Brazil in response to new coronavirus strain (Mail Online UK)
  • Japan: After one year of Covid-19; country still struggling to contain the pandemic (thestar.com.my)
  • Japan’s suicides jump 16% in COVID-19 second wave after falling in first: study (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Nigeria registers highest single day new infections of 1,867 (Panapress.com)
  • No experiments: Armin Laschet is elected leader of Germany’s CDU (New Statesman)
  • Norway Vaccine Fatalities Among People 75 and Older Rise to 29 (Bloomberg)
  • Russia to resume air travel with India, 3 other countries from 27 Jan (Livemint.com)
  • Social Media Buzz: Norway’s Warnings, New Jersey Smokers, CDU (Bloomberg)
  • South Africa: Hospitals inundated in COVID-19 surge (Deutsche Welle)
  • Stores reopen post-lockdown in France (MSN Canada)
  • Switzerland to Hold Referendum on Covid-19 Lockdown (WSJ.com World News)
  • Switzerland’s system of direct democracy will be put to the test again later this year, this time with a referendum… https://t.co/T1b1Zqg0fr (WSJ – Twitter)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Airlines ‘urgently’ need government help to survive prolonged travel curbs, industry bosses warn (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Britons dash home before Boris Johnson slams UK borders shut (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Matt Hancock: UK “nearly on the home straight” in Covid pandemic (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Prime Minister’s new mission for Rishi Sunak (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Stephen Barclay: Treasury minister accuses Scottish Government of ‘wilfully ignoring’ existing Covid-19 support (The Scotsman)
  • US – Annual Michigan moose and wolf survey is halted by pandemic (New York Daily News)
  • US – COVID-19 data signal potential plateau at dangerous level in Arizona (Tucson.com)
  • US – COVID-19 took a Kansas police chief’s life. His wife says a mask could have saved him (KansasCity.com)
  • US – California COVID-19 benefits fraud could reach $9.8 billion (star-telegram.com)
  • US – California congressman tests positive for coronavirus (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Coronavirus model projects Massachusetts peak in coming weeks as Boston reports only 1% of hospital beds open (Boston Herald)
  • US – For many Massachusetts seniors most at risk of dying of coronavirus, a long wait for the vaccine (Boston Herald)
  • US – Hardest-hit Maryland county moving to next phase of COVID-19 vaccination Monday (Washington Times)
  • US – President-elect Joe Biden has promised a more forceful U.S. government response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here i… https://t.co/ztZFZdqp80 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Rebekah Jones, Florida’s fired COVID-19 dashboard manager, to turn herself in on warrant (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Third confirmed coronavirus variant is reported in Texas (star-telegram.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Dealers happy to make house calls as use of drug increases during pandemic (Irish Independent)
  • If we want people to take the coronavirus vaccine, we need to treat them like consumers (Washington Post)
  • India’s Massive Coronavirus Vaccine Effort Begins Today (NPR)
  • New York’s COVID-19 death rate falls slightly, but state still wrestling with ‘limited supply’ of vaccines, Cuomo says (star-telegram.com)
  • Nigerian Government Hasn’t Yet Bought Any Coronavirus Vaccines (Bloomberg)
  • Pfizer Reassures Europe Over Coronavirus Vaccines As Pandemic Surges (International Business Times)
  • Rand Paul Says ‘Throw Your Mask Away’ After Covid-19 Vaccination, Don’t Do That (Forbes.com)
  • Relief as vaccinations arrive in area of Kent hit hard by Covid-19 (itv.com)
  • Reno judges, staff jump the line for COVID-19 vaccinations (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • Tipsters, tech-savvy kids, pharmacy hopping: How Americans are landing coronavirus vaccines (Washington Post)
Societal & Economic Impact
Bank of Thailand sees mild impact on economy caused by new COVID-19 wave of…Pattaya MailDespite a new and wider wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, the Bank of Thailand (BoT) has assessed that the economic impact of the situation will not be as severe as the first wave as the effects of the virus are not as pronounced, and…
Biden to sign inauguration day orders on pandemic, economy, other crisesAl ArabiyaPresident-elect Joe Biden will sign executive orders on Inauguration Day next week to address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change, and racial injustice in America, a senior aide said Saturday. “All of these crises demand urgent…
COVID-19 — and a dwindling support rate — top issues for Suga as Diet convenesJapanTimes.co.jpThe prime minister will seek to pass key COVID-19 measures as he faces flak from opposition parties over his response to the deadly virus.
Goldman Sachs nudges US growth forecast higher on Biden stimulus planChannel NewsAsiaBusiness Analysts at Goldman Sachs Group raised their U.S. growth forecast for the second time this month on expectations that President-elect Joe Biden’s fiscal stimulus plan will hasten the economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. FILE PHOTO:…
Hong Kong faces new unemployment high, but finance chief warns worse may follow Lunar New YearSouth China Morning Post – NewsHong Kong’s finance chief has warned unemployment will reach a record high in official figures laying bare the full-year impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as he predicted worse could be in store for the economy.Paul Chan Mo-po’s grave assessment…
Japan’s suicides jump 16% in Covid-19 second wave after fall in 1st wave: StudyThe Straits Times All NewsJanuary 16, 2021 8:00 PM The rate among women and children jumped.
Long wait for help: Hong Kong’s stricken businesses say red tape is delaying critical Covid-19 subsidiesSouth China Morning PostBars, gyms, beauty services forced to suspend business because of pandemic among the hardest hit Government agencies say they’re working as fast as they can, but need to check claims carefully
Organizer of Kelowna COVID-19 protest issued third $2,300 fineGlobal News CanadaAnother Saturday, another gathering of COVID-19 protesters in downtown Kelowna. And for a third time, Kelowna RCMP say the event’s organizer was fined $2,300 because the protest was in contravention of B.C.’s public health orders. In a press release,…
Pandemic stokes rising worries about violence and fuels gun ownership, new study findsWashington PostThe pandemic presents an unprecedented danger to human health — and not just because of covid-19. New research suggests the pandemic has stoked rising worries about violence and fueled gun ownership. Published in the journal JAMA Network Open, the…
Trump-supporter riot blamed by Member of Congress who contracted COVID-19 in Capitol bunkerMSNBCThe insurrection of Donald Trump supporters is blamed for Members of Congress contracting COVID-19 in a Capitol bunker. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, who contracted COVID-19 while forced to huddle in a bunker with GOP members who refused masks, joins…
Geopolitical Impact
China delivers threat over Five Eyes Hong Kong joint statementNew Zealand HeraldChina has condemned the US and other Five Eyes nations for "blatantly intervening in China's Hong Kong affairs". Photo / AP Beijing has threatened a "counterstrike" against international moves to preserve the democracies of Hong Kong and Taiwan. Foreig…
Motor trade seeks route back from double whammy of 2020Irish IndependentCovid-19 and Brexit slashed new car sales last year, and January, traditionally one of the best months for dealers, is slipping away Covid has clobbered the motor trade, with new car sales down 26pc in 2020. With dealerships closed once again the…
Supporting regional development is critical to ensuring employment continues to growIrish IndependentResilience is a word we became used to in 2020 and it is an apt term to describe how Irish business responded to the dual challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the end of the Brexit transition period. F or thousands of businesses across Ireland and…
Cybersecurity Impact
CyberScoopNews – How the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic 
CyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic 
Cybercriminals are Bypassing Multi-factor Authentication to Access Organisation’s Cloud ServicesDataBreaches.netGraham Cluley writes: The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a warning to companies to better protect their cloud-based accounts after several recent successful attacks. According…
Cybersecurity issues confront Asian firmsPhilippines Daily TribuneOrganizations in the Asia Pacific, including the Philippines, recorded a radical increase in cybersecurity challenges as they drastically shift to mass remote working. A study conducted by American multinational conglomerate Cisco showed that 69…
Digerati50: Meet Prof Irene Ng – economic hackerDigital News AsiaCreating more democratic, private world for personal data by ‘hacking economics’ HAT microserver lets you keep your data, sharing with permission via contracts Digital News Asia (DNA) continues its series that profiles 50 influencers who are helping…
InfoSecHotSpot – Bolstering Risk And Cybersecurity Strategy Safeguards The Remote Workforce As the pandemic drove a dramatic increas… https://t.co/H7bswxuhPwInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterBolstering Risk And Cybersecurity Strategy Safeguards The Remote Workforce As the pandemic drove a dramatic increase in the number of people WFH, there was also a significant rise in phishing attacks. https://binged.it/3ilIhRs…
InfoSecHotSpot – Bolstering Risk And Cybersecurity Strategy Safeguards The Remote Workforce As the pandemic drove a dramatic increas… https://t.co/eR8eVblLCOInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterBolstering Risk And Cybersecurity Strategy Safeguards The Remote Workforce As the pandemic drove a dramatic increase in the number of people WFH, there was also a significant rise in phishing attacks. https://binged.it/3bN3gew…
Why companies should fear the growing cyber threatstuff.co.nzOPINION: About five years ago, I attended a private event in London with some of the world’s most powerful media and telecommunications executives. The after-dinner speaker that evening was a former director of MI5, Britain’s domestic…
cybersecboardrm – Biden includes over $10 billion in cyber, IT funds as part of COVID-19 relief proposal
https://t.co/E4OT3D8RfE… https://t.co/BMieYJ9Pz8
cybersecboardrm – TwitterBiden includes over $10 billion in cyber, IT funds as part of COVID-19 relief proposal
https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/534323-biden-includes-over-10-billion-in-cyber-it-funds-as-part-of-covid-19 #CyberSecurity #US #government #funding…

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