17 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘Model pupil’ Austria under strain in virus second wave (France24)
  • ‘We don’t believe in a total lockdown’ – Sweden slashes public gathering limit as Covid infection soar (ONE News)
  • Australia scrambles to contain new COVID-19 cluster (NationalPost.com)
  • Austria to launch mass testing as tight lockdown resumes (Irish Times)
  • Belgium ‘abandoned’ old people’s homes: Amnesty (France24)
  • Covid-19 Could Have Been In Italy As Far Back As September 2019 (Huffingtonpost.com.au)
  • Covid-19 pandemic pushes mall launches in India to 2021 and beyond (Business Standard India)
  • Day after touching ‘historic low’, India’s Covid-19 daily count falls further to 29,163 (Hindustan Times)
  • France’s new daily COVID-19 infections at one-month low (Reuters)
  • Germany thanks couch potatoes for helping stop coronavirus spread (Deseret News)
  • Pandemic puts end to Germanys construction boom (Reuters UK)
  • Plan to reopen Australia now in chaos (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • S. Korea extends advisory against overseas travel amid continued spread of pandemic (Korea Herald)
  • Singapore is closely monitoring global coronavirus vaccine developments, minister says (CNBC)
  • Sweden introduces harsh new coronavirus restrictions (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Nov. 16, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Nov. 17, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • Turkey registers 3,316 new COVID-19 patients, 417,594 in total (Businessworld India)
  • Turkey should implement concrete measures against coronavirus spike – minister (Today Online)
  • UK – Boris Johnson claims he’s ‘bursting with antibodies’ while in coronavirus self-isolation (Global News Canada)
  • UK – Coronavirus vaccine roll out could start ‘by December 1’, says Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – UK’s Boris Johnson in isolation after contact, but says he’s ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’ (Global News Canada)
  • UK – Watch: Why Covid-19 and lockdown has been so difficult for Boris Johnson and the Tory party (Telegraph)
  • UK – ‘Too early’ to say if lockdown can be lifted in England on 2 December, says Matt Hancock (The Independent)
  • US – CDC panel to decide who gets COVID-19 vaccine first (New York Post)
  • US – California faces new wave of restrictions and business limitations amid coronavirus surge (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California lawmakers go to Hawaii amid COVID-19 travel warnings (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California pulls \”emergency break\” to curb fast surge of COVID-19 (Xinhua News Agency)
  • US – Coronavirus updates: California puts most of state in purple tier, tightens mask order (Fresno Bee)
  • US – Moderna’s promising coronavirus vaccine is a major beneficiary of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed (Business Insider)
  • US – More people will die from Covid-19 if Trump administration doesn’t share vaccine plans, Biden says (ONE News)
  • US – NIAIDNews – @NIH NIAID also offers AccessClinicalData@NIAID for reports and data sets from NIAID COVID-19 and other sponsored c… https://t.co/vLT7UQjxYu (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – NIAIDNews – RT @NIH: News: Promising Interim Results from Clinical Trial of NIH-Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine https://t.co/iKkPoyKHpF (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – Nebraska nurse says COVID-19 worse now than in the Spring (Mail Online UK)
  • US – New Jersey announces tighter restrictions as COVID-19 surges (Mail Online UK)
  • US – New Jersey to lower limits on gatherings amid COVID-19 surge (New York Post)
  • US – New Jersey, Delaware pause jury trials as states seek to limit Covid-19 spread (Reuters)
  • US – Photos show Texas inmates stacking COVID-19 dead outside overflowing morgue (New York Post)
  • US – South Dakota Nurse: Dying COVID-19 Patients ‘Still Don’t Believe The Virus Is Real’ (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • US – U.S. CDC reports 245,470 deaths from coronavirus (Reuters)
  • Virus was in Italy earlier than thought, study finds (Taipei Times Online)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Accenture’s Henderson on Covid-19 Vaccine, Distribution Challenges (Bloomberg)
  • Air China eyes domestic travel boost (Shanghai Daily)
  • Asiana Airlines, ‘Travel has left us’ gained 1 million views on YouTube (Kumho Asian)
  • Beloved bar Canon on Seattle’s Capitol Hill to close until at least spring of 2021 (seattlepi.com)
  • Canon Middle East reaffirms commitment to region with bold expansion plans & new strategic partnerships, in post- COVID 19 recovery (Zawya.com)
  • EasyJet Extends U.K. Loan as New Lockdowns Prolong Virus Pain (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • EasyJet loses £1.2BILLION due to coronavirus pandemic – its first ever loss (Mail Online UK)
  • EasyJet wants to help distribute vaccine in UK: CEO (Reuters)
  • Fitch holds negative outlook on Hyundai Motor amid pandemic (Korea Herald)
  • Google starts offering COVID-19 forecasts for Japan (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Home Depot Bets $9 Billion on Life After Covid-19 (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific axes flights to New York, London, Washington (Business Standard India)
  • How Bayer is fighting global hunger and increasing access to healthcare (Business Insider)
  • How the Moderna and Pfizer coronavirus vaccines stack up (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • IBM Study: Majority of Global Consumers Embrace e-Commerce, Sustainability for the Holidays Amid COVID-19 (Ariva.de)
  • IOI Corp’s MD named as Digital Transformation CEO of The Year (Bernama)
  • Imperial Brands full-year revenue up slightly (Reuters UK)
  • Indian Oil apprentice recruitment 2020: Application process to close soon, 482 vacancies (Indian Express)
  • Israel’s Bank Leumi Q3 profit dips less than expected (Nasdaq)
  • Korean Air to acquire Asiana Airlines for $1.62 billion (seattlepi.com)
  • Lacking clarity on scope of study into feds’ pandemic response, Pfizer concerned about implications for COVID-19 program (CTV News)
  • Millennials most optimistic about finances, post-COVID-19 future: UOB (Singapore Business Review)
  • PLASTIC MENACE: At last – Woolworths makes a move to rid South Africa of plastic shopping bags (Daily Maverick)
  • Pfizer and AstraZeneca slide as Moderna’s rival COVID-19 vaccine shows strong efficacy (PFE, AZN, MRNA, BNTX) (Business Insider)
  • Pfizer to start Covid-19 immunisation pilot programme in 4 US states (Today Online)
  • Pfizer to start pilot delivery program for its COVID-19 vaccine in four U.S. states (Yahoo! Singapore)
  • Philips and VPS outline vision for ‘Healthcare of the Future’ in a post COVID-19 era (Zawya.com)
  • Russia’s Aeroflot says to resume flights to Nice on Nov 20 – TASS (NationalPost.com)
  • SABC employees protest impending retrenchments (Citizen.co.za)
  • Santander Said Close to Buying Remainder of Wirecard Operations (Bloomberg)
  • South Africa: Business Highlights of the Week – Richemont, Telkom, Life Healthcare (AllAfrica.com)
  • Stericycle is preparing to protect Americans by safely removing hazardous materials from coronavirus vaccine (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Vodacom CEO takes jibe at Telkom over Rain deal (IT Web)
  • Walmart is counting customers in and out of its stores again as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the US (Business Insider)
  • Walmart is set to report earnings before the bell — here’s what to expect (CNBC)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • ‘Vaccine on its own won’t end Covid pandemic,’ director general of WHO warns (itv.com)
  • COVID-19-associated risks and effects in myasthenia gravis (CARE-MG) (Lancet)
  • Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) points to consider: resuming genetic services in a pandemic—a summary (Journal of Medical Genetics)
  • Coronavirus news you missed overnight: UK secures 5 million doses of Moderna vaccine (The Independent)
  • Counting stillbirths and COVID 19—there has never been a more urgent time (Lancet)
  • Lessons from individuals with Down syndrome during COVID-19 (Lancet)
  • Moderna releases promising vaccine data as COVID-19 cases surge (CBS News)
  • Moderna says early data suggests its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5 percent effective (Boston Globe)
  • Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in late trial (CBS News)
  • Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine works (Business Insider)
  • Real-time suicide mortality data from police reports in Queensland, Australia, during the COVID-19 pandemic: an interrupted time-series analysis (Lancet)
  • Significant SARS-CoV-2 vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. (News-Medical.Net)
  • TheEconomist – A second vaccine, developed by Moderna, is found to be 94.5% effective at preventing covid-19. Challenges remain, b… https://t.co/lDA3qO3V0c (TheEconomist – Twitter)
  • Trump: coronavirus vaccine to be ready for general population in April (star-telegram.com)
  • What does COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness mean? (star-telegram.com)
Societal & Economic Impact
Asian economies show signs of recovery Rebound from record slump to exit recessionStraits TimesTOKYO • Japan's economy exited recession in the third quarter, growing a better-than-expected 5 per cent, government data showed yesterday, as signs of recovery began to emerge after a record contraction. A rise in domestic demand as well as exports…
Biden Calls on Congress to Pass Democrats’ Virus Stimulus BillBloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — President-Elect Joe Biden said lawmakers should immediately pass a coronavirus stimulus bill like the $2.2 trillion measure passed by the Democratic-led House before the election.
China’s economy shakes off covid-19 slumpWashington PostChina's factory output rose faster than expected in October and retail sales sped up as the country's recovery from its covid-19 slump gathered momentum.
Climate change bigger threat than Red CrossThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 17, 2020 2:15 PM The world had been hit by more than 100 disasters – many of them climate related – since WHO declared the pandemic in March.
Economy hit hard with new strict COVID-19 restrictionsWA TodaySouth Australia’s hospitality industry has copped the brunt of the new rules, which have forced gyms to close, sport to be cancelled, and events thrown into chaos.
Is It Safe To Travel During The Holidays? Expert Gives Safety Tips You Must FollowNDTVCOVID-19: Social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing a mask are three of the most important steps for coronavirus prevention.
Number receiving pandemic unemployment payment rises by 7,500Irish TimesMinister says 37,000 recipients will see higher payments due to changes in scheme Your Web Browser may be out of date. If you are using Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11 our Audio player will not work properly. For a better experience use Google Chrome ,…
Terrorism, coronavirus pandemic on the agenda as BRICS leaders meetSouth China Morning PostFive emerging economies expected to endorse a strategy setting out how they can work together on counterterrorism Economic recovery and cooperation in public health also likely to be discussed at virtual summit
Tips to beat cold, cough and boost immunity amid pollution and pandemicTimes of IndiaWith the pollution levels rising, people have started experiencing symptoms of cold, cough, flu and fever. These symptoms range from dry eyes, runny nose, sore throat, headache and nausea among other less common symptoms. Installing your homes with…
UP’s strategic response to Covid-19 by stepping up contact tracing efforts exemplary: WHOEconomic TimesLucknow: The World Health Organisation has lauded the Uttar Pradesh government's Covid-19 response, especially in the area of contact tracing and said the state's contact tracing efforts can serve as a good example for other states. The WHO- National…
Geopolitical Impact
‘N.Korea unlikely to ease border control for the time being’IANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive Seoul, Nov 17 (IANS) The South Korean Unification Ministry announced on Tuesday that North Korea was unlikely to ease its border restrictions "for the time being" as the country appeared to remain on high alert against the…
Biden’s dilemma in Asia’s new trade agreementCNNThis was adapted from the November 16 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Click here to read past editions and subscribe. (CNN)America's longest presidential tantrum shows no sign of abating….
Boris Johnson should be getting Brexit done, not self-isolating over a virus he has already hadTelegraphBritain needs strong and decisive leadership more than ever. As a second national lockdown explodes the country’s debt and millions of self-employed people fear being out of work in the long-term, something more than the mere hope of a Covid-19…
China’s factory output rebounds to pre-Covid level as India barely crosses 0-growth markFinancial ExpressThe worry for India’s business cosmos is not only the subdued level of factory output but also the rising inflation rate. India’s factory output barely grew in the month of September while China’s IIP recorded a nine-month high level of 6.9 per cent…
EDITORIAL: RCEP pact could serve as step to get global trade back on trackAsahi.comAfter eight years of negotiations, 15 East Asian and Pacific countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement. The combined population and gross domestic product (GDP) of the 15 members both account for about 30…
Jordan’s King Abdullah II: Globalization Can Help ConnectivityBloombergKing of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein explains why increased connectivity can help drive solutions for climate change, the refugee crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. He speaks during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. (Source: Bloomberg)
N. Korea unlikely to ease border control ‘for the time being’: ministry officialYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) — North Korea is unlikely to ease its border restrictions "for the time being" as it appears to remain on high alert against COVID-19 and to be seeking tougher preventive measures, a unification ministry official said…
New Indo-Pacific trade agreement good news for exportersAustralian TimesAustralian farmers and businesses are set to benefit from better export opportunities with the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement between Australia and 14 other Indo-Pacific countries. Prime Minister Scott…
South China Sea offers maritime cooperation possibilitiesAsia Times OnlineIn the midst of a global pandemic, US voters have chosen Joe Biden as their next president, paving the way to a new era of science and hoped-for reason. Meanwhile, across the Pacific, China and Vietnam, both rivals in the contested South China Sea…
There is a shift in global trade. But 2020 is not 1930 or 2008 | AnalyticsHindustan TimesThere is a general sense, both among policymakers and observers, that trade in the post-Covid-19 world will undergo fundamental shifts. Two factors seem to have led to these conclusions. The first is the nature of trade during the crisis and the…
What’s behind the South China Sea dispute? | Start HereAl JazeeraMore episodes from Start Here 07:29 05:21 10:08 10:28 More episodes from Start Here 07:29 05:21 10:08 10:28 Related Pentagon says use of missiles, military exercises in disputed sea are destabilising and violate 2002 Code of Conduct. 28 Aug 2020 Southeast Asia’s…
Cybersecurity Impact
10, 000 people’s files leaked in COVID-19 data breach in DelawareSeclists.org – Data LossPosted by Destry Winant on Nov 16…
Cybersecurity Lessons from the PreventionSecurity Bloggers NetworkPrevention lies somewhere between avoidance and protection, and preventative methods can belong to either. For example, what is stopping outsiders from entering your country or state or town in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus?…
Global Pandemic Fuels Cyber-Threat Workload for National Cyber Security Centre, Shows Annual ReviewDark Reading:From securing the Nightingale hospitals to tackling threats to vaccine research and production, a large part of the National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC) recent work in the UK has been related to the coronavirus pandemic, as Ron Alalouff discovered…
InfoSecHotSpot – State Actors Attack COVID-19 Research Efforts, Microsoft Says Nations-state actors continue to launch cyberattacks… https://t.co/uRW4dWhyehInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterState Actors Attack COVID-19 Research Efforts, Microsoft Says Nations-state actors continue to launch cyberattacks against seven prominent companies directly involved in researching vaccines and treatments for Covid-19, according to new research…
JRoosen – RT @Intel471Inc: Ransomware-as-a-service: The pandemic within a pandemic https://t.co/1h2L7OmSfg https://t.co/58Guf148uUJRoosen – TwitterRT @Intel471Inc: Ransomware-as-a-service: The pandemic within a pandemic https://public.intel471.com/blog/ransomware-as-a-service-2020-ryuk-maze-revil-egregor-doppelpaymer/ https://twitter.com/Intel471Inc/status/1328338196636332032/photo/1
MasafumiNegishi – Ransomware-as-a-service: The pandemic within a pandemic – Intel 471
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MasafumiNegishi – TwitterRansomware-as-a-service: The pandemic within a pandemic – Intel 471
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Navigating the Dynamic Cyber Security World through the ISE Cyber Security UCITS IndexNasdaqBy Ben Jones, Product Development Specialist, Nasdaq In 2015, Ginni Rometty, current executive chairman and former president and CEO of IBM, said, “cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world."1 The threat only continues to grow….
Ransomware on the riseThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 17, 2020 5:00 AM Cyber attacks have intensified in the first 10 months of the year, with many more businesses in Singapore reporting being held to ransom by malware as working from home became a norm amid the pandemic.
Ransomware-as-a-service: The pandemic within a pandemicOffice of Inadequate SecurityIntel 471 released a new article today that is significant for shining some light into some otherwise murky areas. They…
Securityblog – RT @Intel471Inc: Ransomware-as-a-service: The pandemic within a pandemic https://t.co/1h2L7OmSfg https://t.co/58Guf148uUSecurityblog – TwitterRT @Intel471Inc: Ransomware-as-a-service: The pandemic within a pandemic https://public.intel471.com/blog/ransomware-as-a-service-2020-ryuk-maze-revil-egregor-doppelpaymer/ https://twitter.com/Intel471Inc/status/1328338196636332032/photo/1

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