17 October 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • As the second wave arrives, can Germany escape the worst again? (Telegraph)
  • Battle in Portugal over plans for compulsory virus app (France24)
  • Belgium shutters bars and restaurants to combat coronavirus (Politico.eu)
  • China’s handling of COVID-19 “impressive”: African diplomats (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Consultative committee meeting in Belgium (Europa Press)
  • Coronavirus can make hunger crisis worse: Indonesia and the world need swift action (South China Morning Post)
  • Coronavirus in France: Not on maximum alert level, city of Rouen goes under curfew anyway (France24)
  • India’s coronavirus infections rise to 7.43 million (Today Online)
  • Inside France’s race for a Covid-19 vaccine (France24)
  • Israel to start easing coronavirus restrictions, including on holy sites (NationalPost.com)
  • Italy’s daily coronavirus surge to daily record over 10,000 (ABC Online)
  • Japan gradually reopening borders, but firms remain cautious towards international travel (News On Japan)
  • New Zealand deputy PM rebukes question from COVID-19 skeptic (Global News Canada)
  • Reaction as Italy loses travel corridor – ‘why can’t the UK get itself organised?’ (Telegraph)
  • Saudi Arabia reports 407 new Covid-… (Khaleej Times)
  • Spain’s Catalonia region orders bars and restaurants to shutdown (France24)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • Traveller from New Zealand tests positive in Malaysia (New Zealand Herald)
  • Trump calls COVID-19 as ‘artificial horrible situation’, says US will never forget what China did (Ani News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson threatens to impose severe Covid-19 restrictions on Manchester (ONE News)
  • UK – Firms’ goodwill for Boris Johnson is being tested to the limit (Telegraph)
  • UK – PM Boris Johnson eyes more lockdown restrictions as Britain’s Covid-19 cases rise (The Star SA)
  • UK – What time is Boris Johnson’s coronavirus press conference today? (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – With a second wave and a looming no-deal Brexit, what can Boris Johnson do to avoid a winter of discontent? (The Independent)
  • US – CDC reports surge in the share of Hispanic Americans who died of coronavirus (Mail Online UK)
  • US – CDC: Blacks, Hispanics dying of COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates (The Hill)
  • US – California teacher unions fight calls to reopen schools (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Coronavirus hospitalizations are up in Texas. Is state headed toward another surge? (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Coronavirus updates: 600 have died in California’s capital region, 1.1 million worldwide (Fresno Bee)
  • US – Elizabeth Warren demands an investigation into whether elite investors profited from the Trump administration’s private warnings about COVID-19 (Business Insider)
  • US – Illinois sets another all-time high with 4,554 new coronavirus infections on record testing day (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – Indiana GDP plummets in second quarter due to coronavirus business disruptions (Indianapolis Star)
  • US – Indiana’s COVID-19 Infections Continue at Record Pace (US News & World Report)
  • US – Kansas liquor sales rise during pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Marginal drop to California unemployment in September as COVID-19 recovery stays slow (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – Missouri, Illinois report record virus numbers. ‘I am deeply concerned,’ Pritzker says (STLtoday.com)
  • US – NIH launches human trial to test three drugs against COVID-19 (Washington Times)
  • US – Those refusing to wear masks are endangering others, spurring COVID-19 spike in Ohio (Cleveland.com)
  • US – US government posts record deficit of $3.1 trillion in 2020 budget year as pandemic shrinks revenues, fuels spending (Houston Chronicle)
  • Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Amazon’s Prime Day sales jumped 36%—signaling a blockbuster holiday for e-commerce (Fortune)
  • Army stops deliveries of Apache helicopters from Boeing (Mail Online UK)
  • At long last, H&M coming to the Des Moines metro with Jordan Creek location (Des Moines Register)
  • BP may cut oil to Caribbean refinery if it stays idle – Reuters (Seeking Alpha)
  • Bank of Baroda inks pact with Mahindra & Mahindra for tractor finance (Business Standard India)
  • Brazil weighs Huawei 5G ban: Cabinet member (Taipei Times Online)
  • China’s Sinopharm won’t conduct COVID-19 vaccine trials in PH (CNN Philippines)
  • Coal India announces Rs 1,700 cr performance-linked reward to employees (Business Standard India)
  • Epson provides safety solutions to thrive in new normal (Manila Bulletin)
  • Foxconn aims to supply to about 3 million electric vehicles by 2027 (Business Standard India)
  • Google to Add New Indicators on Maps Amid Pandemic, Users Can Soon ‘Hum to Search’ to Find Songs (News18.com)
  • HCL Technologies margins to moderate in H2FY21; investors remain cautious (Business Standard India)
  • Latest holiday and flight updates and cancellations from Jet2, Tui, Ryanair, easyJet, BA and Thomas Cook (Manchester Evening News)
  • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has a stern warning about the coronavirus this fall (Deseret News)
  • Nokia develops COVID-19 detection System; here’s how it detect temperature, mask (Business Today India)
  • Pfizer plans to seek authorization for Covid-19 vaccine next month (Pekingpress.com)
  • Pfizer to seek FDA approval for Covid -19 vaccine in November https://t.co/qDyN3uDfWG (FT – Twitter)
  • Pfizer, Bharat Biotech, AstraZeneca: Latest Covid-19 vaccine developments (Hindustan Times)
  • Phillips 66 resumes operations at Lake Charles refinery (Seeking Alpha)
  • PhosAgro Wins Grand Prix at Russian Business Leaders Awards (Finanzen.net)
  • Qantas is operating special charter flights to take Australians home (The Independent)
  • Sanofi Supports ICC AOKPass to Support Filipinos (Manila Bulletin)
  • Sanofi’s mRNA Vaccine for Coronavirus to Enter Clinical Stage (Zacks.com)
  • Schlumberger loses $82 million in third quarter (Houston Chronicle)
  • Sinovac vaccine for Covid offered by Chinese city for emergency use costs $60 (Hindustan Times)
  • Tech Mahindra signs agreement to form joint venture with Sumitomo Corp (Business Standard India)
  • Transnet’s Mkwanazi rubbishes claim that he said Gama bounce-back order came from ‘higher up’ (Daily Maverick)
  • US small businesses hustle amid Amazon’s ‘Christmas creep’ (Al Jazeera)
  • Volkswagen not shy about virtues of all-electric ID.3 (Mail Online UK)
  • Walmart CEO Tells Congress To Get Coronavirus Stimulus Done (Nasdaq)
  • Whole Foods CEO talks online grocery shopping during pandemic (FOX Business – Video)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • ‘Winter surge’ still looks dire, vaccine timeline pushed back – virus updates (Indianapolis Star)
  • A call for Essays: stories from the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • A multicountry study funded by the World Health Organization found that the antiviral drug remdesivir didn’t reduce… https://t.co/ZeyrLAUve0 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • COVID-19 in Spain: a predictable storm? (Lancet)
  • Cytokine elevation in severe and critical a rapid systematic review, meta-analysis, and comparison with other inflammatory syndromes (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Healthy young people may wait for coronavirus vaccine until 2022, WHO official says (FOXNews.com)
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea: latest surgical advances and considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Pfizer to seek emergency approval for Covid-19 jab next month (The Independent)
  • Race to find a COVID-19 vaccine as cases rise worldwide (CBS News)
  • Remdesivir proved to be the first useful tool we have in treating COVID-19 patients. Now, the US government wants to find out more about how it could be supercharged with other drugs. (Clusterstock)
  • Trial results reveal remdesivir has little or no effect in hospitalized COVID-19 patients (Pharma Letter)
  • Trump announces plan to deliver free coronavirus vaccine to seniors (TheHill – The Hill News)
  • Unnecessary obstacles to COVID-19 mass testing (Lancet)
  • WHO study shows Remdesivir does little to prevent COVID-19 deaths (CBS News)
  • antibodies in the blood of patients fade rapidly after symptoms subside, study finds (Mail Online UK)
Societal & Economic Impact
COVID-19, climate change among topics for presidential debateCBS NewsTrump and Biden in competing town halls The coronavirus pandemic and climate change will be among the topics discussed at the final presidential debate, moderator Kristen Welker announced Friday. The 90-minute debate will be held on Thursday, October…
ECB’s Villeroy says mistake to set end date now for pandemic responseNationalPost.comPARIS — The European Central Bank should refrain from setting an end date to its monetary stimulus package launched this year in reaction to the coronavirus crisis, ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said in an interview published on…
Homelessness set to rise as COVID-19 help scaled backTheAge.com NationalHomelessness is set to surge in Australia as COVID-19 income protection measures are scaled back and only a minority of the 33,000 homeless people put up in hotels are likely to secure permanent housing.
Marginal drop to California unemployment in September as COVID-19 recovery stays slowFresno BeeRestaurants are allowed to seat up to 25% capacity as Sacramento County moves into the “red tier” of COVID-19 restrictions Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Sacramento. The county can now expand indoor business for a handful of industries.
PH Ban on Non-Essential Overseas Travel Amid COVID-19 Pandemic LiftedPhilippine NewsPH Removes Ban on Non-Essential Overseas Travel PH – The Philippines lifted the ban on non-essential overseas travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 countries and territories confirmed cases of COVID-19. The pandemic brought a lot of changes…
Pollution could worsen COVID-19 impact in winter: ExpertsOutlook IndiaNew Delhi, Oct 16 (PTI) As smoky and hazy skies are back to haunt Delhi-NCR after a few months of blue skies and clean air, experts have cautioned people to brace for the winter season saying higher pollution level may worsen the impact of COVID-19. E…
Quebec forum discussing the work shortage and unemployment rise paradox during the COVID-19 pandemicCTV NewsMONTREAL — Quebec is experiencing an unprecedented situation, as there are around 190,000 additional unemployed people linked to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a shortage of workers in certain sectors. On Friday, 200 participants at a forum on…
US budget deficit surges to $3.1 trillion after coronavirus crushes economyAl ArabiyaThe US budget deficit surged 218 percent to a record $3.1 trillion in the fiscal year ended September 30 due to a massive increase in spending to help the economy weather the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced Friday. That was more than…
Geopolitical Impact
By playing fraudulent tricks with Russia and China, Washington becomes unexpected swindlerChina Military OnlineMarshall Billingslea, Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control of the US. (File photo) By NieShuyi Marshall Billingslea, US Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, issued a statement at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on the evening of…
Car sales in Europe, U.S., China grow again: VDAXinhua News AgencyBERLIN, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) — September was the first month in more than two years to see a "simultaneous growth" in sales of passenger cars in Europe, the United States and China compared with the same month last year, the German Association of the…
Eurostat: significant COVID-19 impact on EU goods global tradeKuwait News Agency16/10/2020 LOC18:19 15:19 GMT BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (KUNA) — In January to August of this year, European Union exports of goods to the rest of the world fell to EUR 1.22 trillion (USD 1.43 trillion) a decrease of 12.4 percent compared with 2019. Imports from…
How U.S. fertility clinics are caught in the middle of U.S.-China tensionsCNBCTensions between China and the United States are on the rise as the two countries cancel visas, close each other's consulates and accuse each other of mishandling the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the U.S. government has identified a new, unexpected threat…
India scrambles to buy winter gear from US amid tension with ChinaBusiness Standard IndiaThe rush to acquire the gear shows the situation will extend into the winter. The troops face off at 15,000 feet, with temperatures dropping to -30 Celsius India has bought high altitude warfare kits from the US on an urgent basis, officials with the…
India won’t be the next China if it can’t even out-export BangladeshBusiness Standard IndiaA bigger danger is that instead of taking corrective action, politicians may double down on past mistakes and seek salvation in autarky India’s Covid-19 economic gloom turned into despair this week, on news that its per capita gross domestic product…
On Coronavirus and Brexit, Boris Johnson is a prisoner of his own artless drivelThe IndependentWhere it all leaves us, who knows. Coronavirus is resurgent, and the nation is too fractured, fed up and confused to care. Whatever happens with Brexit, well, that’s a mystery too Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my…
Philippines lifts ban on oil and gas exploration in South China Seathestar.com.myMANILA, Oct 16 (AFP): The Philippines has lifted a moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the disputed South China Sea, which the government said Friday could fast-track talks with Beijing on a joint energy project. Drilling off the Philippines was…
The Irish boss steering Circle K through Brexit and a pandemicIrish TimesGordon Lawlor is in charge of the country’s largest chain of fuel retailers at a particularly tricky time Arms folded on his chest, face beaming, Circle K managing director Gordon Lawlor strikes a pose for The Irish Times photographer outside the fuel…
U.S. judge: Do Trump’s tweets or White House lawyers speak for president on declassifying entire Russia probe?Washington PostA federal judge rebuked the Justice Department and the White House Counsel’s Office on Friday for dismissing without explanation President Trump’s “emphatic and unambiguous” tweets ordering the declassification of all documents in the government’s…
U.S.’s China Hawks Drive Hard-Line Policies Aft…ADVFN DeutschlandWASHINGTON — Since President Trump was inaugurated, many members of his national security team have been itching to confront a China they view as the greatest threat to the U.S. For three years their biggest roadblock, say current and former officials,…
Cybersecurity Impact
CyberScoopNews – Lawyer for alleged Methbot scammer refuses to visit jail over coronavirus concerns https://t.co/zcwSWfGNle by @jeffstone500CyberScoopNews – TwitterLawyer for alleged Methbot scammer refuses to visit jail over coronavirus concerns https://hubs.ly/H0y5Vz20 by @jeffstone500
Data watchdog issues biggest ever fine over airline cyberattackZDNet SecurityInformation Commissioner's Office issues its largest financial penalty to date – and it could've been even higher if it wasn't for coronavirus.
Early Stage Investment in Cybersecurity Shows Signs of StabilizationSecurity WeekEarly stage venture investment in cybersecurity has apparently started to stabilize in the third quarter of 2020, according to Washington, D.C.-based cybersecurity venture capital firm and incubator DataTribe. A report published by DataTribe in March…
InfoSecHotSpot – Phishers Capitalize on Headlines with Breakneck Speed Marking a pivot from COVID-19 scams, researchers track a sing… https://t.co/Q77FjvGpyTInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterPhishers Capitalize on Headlines with Breakneck Speed Marking a pivot from COVID-19 scams, researchers track a single threat actor through the evolution from the pandemic to PayPal, and on to more timely voter scams — all with the same…
InfoSecHotSpot – Phishing Lures Shift from COVID-19 to Job Opportunities Fortinet researchers are seeing a pivot in the spear-phishi… https://t.co/3VpeWrFSqyInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterPhishing Lures Shift from COVID-19 to Job Opportunities Fortinet researchers are seeing a pivot in the spear-phishing and phishing lures used by cybercriminals, to entice potential job candidates as businesses open up. https://bit.ly/3j6kgwD…
InfosecurityMag – BA GDPR Data Breach Fine Lowered to £20m Due to COVID-19 https://t.co/DTeZqc8YhKInfosecurityMag – TwitterBA GDPR Data Breach Fine Lowered to £20m Due to COVID-19 https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/ba-gdpr-fine-20?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Lawyer for alleged Methbot scammer refuses to visit jail over coronavirus concernsCyberscoop – NewsA defense attorney for the head of an alleged cybercriminal conspiracy that defrauded American companies out of tens of millions of dollars is refusing to visit the defendant in a Brooklyn jail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lawyer for…
Phishing Lures Shifting from COVID-19 to Job OpportunitiesThreatpost.comFortinet researchers are seeing a pivot in the spear-phishing and phishing lures used by cybercriminals, to entice potential job candidates as businesses open up.
Reinforcing cybersecurity capabilities during C0VID-19 and beyondJakarta PostWhile the C0VID-19 pandemic hit its peak, businesses across the globe had to make drastic changes to survive. Owing to difficulties in arranging personal meetings and the inability to work with physical documents, most organizations adopted…
exposes Fiji’s vulnerability to food securityXinhua News AgencySUVA, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) — The supply of nutritious labor-intensive food is at risk of being interrupted during the COVID-19 crisis, said a Fijian minister on Friday. Speaking to mark the World Food Day on Friday, Fiji's Health Minister Ifereimi…

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