18 October 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • 10.48am Yodellers blamed for Switzerland’s worst COVID super-spreading event (Melbourne Age)
  • Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot to partially lift lockdown restrictions (NationalPost.com)
  • China Will Likely Show Covid-19 Recovery Can Be Real: Eco Week (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Coronavirus survives on skin five times longer than flu, Japan study finds (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Covid-19’s first wave largely missed southern Italy. The second wave is hitting it hard. (Washington Post)
  • Germany: Window Tests for Coronavirus (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany’s ‘bottom-up’ testing keeps Covid-19 at bay (FT.com – World, Europe)
  • Here’s what Australians in Sweden think about the country’s controversial coronavirus approach (ABC Online)
  • India’s daily Covid-19 caseload drops; EU, US see record rise (Hindustan Times)
  • Israel set to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures from Sunday (Al Arabiya)
  • Italy Considering Tightest Restrictions Since National Lockdown (Bloomberg)
  • Italy governor eyeing COVID surge blasts “idiotic” Halloween (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Italy mulls coronavirus curfew and high school closures, as second wave sweeps Europe (Telegraph)
  • Malaysia, Saudi Arabia to form high-level strategic committee to strengthen cooperation (Bernama)
  • Pakistan has great potential for eco-tourism (China Economic Net)
  • Paris curfews kick off as Italy prepares new COVID-19 restrictions (TheAge.com)
  • S. Korea to Ease Attendance Cap in Schools from Monday (Korea Broadcasting System)
  • Sweden considers ‘local lockdowns’ in shift in coronavirus strategy (Telegraph)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – A curb on my liberties might be OK if we weren’t led by Boris Johnson and co (The Guardian)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s government has squandered trust – the precious resource we need to deal with coronavirus (The Independent)
  • UK – British government adviser calls for lockdown amid COVID-19 resurgence (New York Post)
  • UK – Poll shows lack of trust in Boris Johnson as Britons feel the financial pinch from pandemic (The Independent)
  • UK – Tory grandees demand Covid exit strategy from Boris Johnson (Telegraph)
  • US – Coronavirus updates: California’s COVID-19 figures trend downward as counties open up (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – Florida coach Mullen tests positive for COVID-19 (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Jill Biden, Ivanka Trump headline new surge of Michigan visits (Detroit News)
  • US – Massachusetts ban on pandemic evictions, foreclosures ending (seattlepi.com)
  • US – Michigan woman finally goes home after 196 days in hospital with COVID-19 (New York Post)
  • US – Montana prison on lockdown after coronavirus outbreak (Washington Times)
  • US – More than 1000 current and former CDC staff hit out at Trump coronavirus response (The Independent)
  • US – Nick Saban Cleared to Coach Alabama, Days After Testing Positive for Coronavirus (NYT.com Main News)
  • US – North Dakota candidate who died of COVID-19 will remain on ballot (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Pennsylvania governor vetoes bill to reopen state’s restaurants at full capacity (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Sen. Tammy Baldwin demands Trump help Wisconsin fight COVID-19 surge (FOXNews.com)
  • US – U.S. CDC reports 217,918 total deaths from coronavirus (Reuters)
  • US – U.S. Senate to vote this week on ‘skinny’ pandemic relief bill, PPP funds (NationalPost.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • ‘India’s response tailored to the evolving pandemic’ (Times of India)
Actions by Companies
  • BMW to cash in on people spending on luxury cars as virus curbs holidays (Business Standard India)
  • Board of HDFC Bank approves appointment of Sashidhar Jagdishan as MD & CEO (Business Standard India)
  • DAILY MAVERICK 168: Impoverished State Capture whistle-blowers beg banks for relief (Daily Maverick)
  • Delek Group to sell 70% of Delek Israel unit to Lahav, BGM (Reuters)
  • Delta Air Lines suspends flights to Akron-Canton Airport amid coronavirus pandemic (Cleveland.com)
  • Emaar Misr launches 2nd phase of Cairo Gate project in Sheikh Zayed (Daily News Egypt)
  • Fauci says ‘reasonably good chance’ Regeneron antibody therapy helped Trump (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Google Nest Audio review: The cure for pandemic loneliness (Indian Express)
  • HDFC Bank Q2 consolidated profit rises 16pc to Rs 7,703 cr (New Delhi Pioneer)
  • HDFC Bank Q2 profit rises 18.4% to ₹7,513 crore (The Hindu)
  • HDFC Bank increases provisions for bad loans as impact of COVID-19 continues to bear down in second quarter (Business Insider India)
  • Hyundai Merchant Marine injects 2 more container ships (Korea Herald)
  • ICICI – Videocon scam: Deepak Kochhar sent to Taloja jail, seeks admission in private hospital (The Freepress Journal)
  • Interview: Upcoming CIIE significant against backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic, says BMW China chief (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Korean Air seeks to sell assets to secure more cash (Korea Herald)
  • Microsoft lets more staff work from home (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • New report captures the inspiring, instructive stories of Cisco, DHL and Hilton (Saudi Gazette)
  • Pfizer says coronavirus vaccine won’t be available until end of the year (New York Daily News)
  • Renault CEO says eight-year plan can turn round carmaker (Today Online)
  • Second Covid wave will boost all streamers but Netflix may yet reign supreme (The Guardian)
  • Tata Steel wins two awards at worldsteel’s Steelie Award 2020 (United News of India)
  • Tesla’s German plant construction can resume as water blockade lifts (Hindustan Times)
  • Walmart Canada ends price-matching program, sparking consumer outrage (CTV News)
  • White-collar job losses may rise with mega-mergers in US, warns Goldman Sachs (Moneycontrol.com)
  • myPrayer app launched for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple powered by HDFC Bank (United News of India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Ailments in Covid-19 Trials Raise Questions About Vaccine Method (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • COVID-19 vaccine will take a year or more to distribute… (Louisville Courier-Journal)
  • Drug giant Pfizer manufacture thousands of doses of Covid-19 vaccine (Mail Online UK)
  • How Could Recent COVID-19 Vaccine News Impact Stocks Like Boeing or DocuSign? (Nasdaq)
  • Hundreds queue in Yiwu, China for experimental coronavirus vaccine (Mail Online UK)
  • Les défis liés au développement et à la distribution d’un vaccin Covid-19 (BBC)
  • Queen could be used to dispel vaccine fears, government expert suggests (The Independent)
  • Queues in China for experimental Covid-19 vaccine (BBC)
  • The next steps with Monitoring vaccines, cases and more (CBS News)
Societal & Economic Impact
Anti-lockdowners protest as London COVID-19 alert level is raisedAl ArabiyaAnti-lockdown demonstrators gathered in central London on Saturday, hours after the British capital moved to the second highest COVID-19 alert level. As a second wave of infections gathers pace, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has stepped up…
Call it the ’90 per cent economy’. Post-pandemic, it will never be the sameMelbourne Age— 12.00am When nations across the globe went into pandemic lockdowns earlier this year The Economist newspaper coined the term “90 per cent economy " to describe what would be left once restrictions were lifted. Australia has dealt with the health…
Diet cola TAB is the latest victim of the pandemicCBS NewsAfter 57 years, TAB, The Coca-Cola Company's first diet soda, is being discontinued. TAB sales have dwindled ever since the introduction of Diet Coke, and the coronavirus pandemic has made even the beverage giant look for areas to cut costs. Lilia…
Editorial: Senate Republicans need to get on board with a new pandemic stimulus package.STLtoday.comBy Weeks out from an election that has the GOP on the ropes, Senate Republicans still oppose an adequately scaled cash infusion to address the resurgent economic effects of the pandemic. Why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would engage in such…
Parents to keep kids home in protest of B.C. COVID-19 school protocolsCTV NewsVANCOUVER — About 800 parents across B.C. are planning to keep their children home from school on Tuesday, says the organizer of a protest aimed at the province's handling of COVID-19 in schools. Tammy Loehndorf of Prince George says she decided to…
Pollution may increase virus transmissibility making people more vulnerable to COVID-19, say expertsOutlook IndiaNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Air pollution may increase transmissibility of the novel coronavirus making people more vulnerable to the disease and aggravating the COVID-19 situation, experts have said, while warning that those who have had the infection…
Protesters march across London in protest against coronavirus restrictionsMail Online UKVideo: Jeremy Corbyn's brother Piers leads new demonstration against Covid lockdown rules as Londoners begin life under new Tier 2 restrictions  . A small group march from Hyde Park through to Downing Street, while around 300 people gather in…
Thai central bank extends $16 billion soft loans for smaller firms by six monthsToday OnlineBANGKOK – Thailand's central bank extended its 500 billion baht soft loan programme by six months to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement on its website.
Therapy and the dangers of a ‘plant economy’Philippine Daily InquirerLOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Philippines — Weng Espiritu-Borromeo, 38, calls herself a compulsive buyer — even when shopping for plants. Between cost and aesthetics, she’d go for the latter. While her parents have been gardening as therapy for her father, who…
This recession is hurting women workers moreThe Straits Times All NewsOctober 18, 2020 5:00 AM As if working mothers did not have enough to worry about, experts are sounding the alarm that progress towards gender equality may be the latest in a long list of casualties of the coronavirus pandemic.
Geopolitical Impact
A Brexit no-deal and coronavirus double whammy will be too much for the UK to bearThe IndependentPlease send your letters to letters@independent.co.uk Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile I could not agree more with Sean O'Grady's comments…
China forces prepare for possible military invasion of TaiwanAni NewsBeijing [ China ], October 18 (ANI): The presence of the People's Liberation Army is increasing in China 's southeast coast as it prepares for a possible military invasion of Taiwan , according to the defense observers cited by the South China…
China passes export-control law following U.S. movesAsahi.comSHANGHAI–China passed a law restricting exports of controlled items, allowing the government to act against countries that abuse export controls in a way that harm's China's interests, state media said. The Xinhua news report late on Saturday did not…
China warns Finland against ‘interference’ in Hong Kong affairsPolitico.euThe Chinese Embassy in Helsinki issued a stern warning to Finland to stop interfering in the affairs of Hong Kong, after Helsinki suspended an extradition agreement with China over a draconian national security law. “Concerning the decision of the…
Global trade policy at a lull, but for how long more?Channel NewsAsiaCHRISTCHURCH: Like a sailing ship caught in the doldrums, the international trade policy world seems stagnant and listless. Is there any fresh wind to be detected? Can we create some movement? In this coronavirus–dominated environment, nothing much is…
How likely is a Brexit deal? Top experts calculate probability of trade agreementThe IndependentSome of the world’s leading Brexit analysts tell how they assess the chances of a UK-EU free trade deal before 31 December Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile rexit negotiations continue to fascinate, infuriate and…
Saidan checks on Jordan Valley water resourcesJordan TimesAMMAN — Minister of Water and Irrigation Motasem Saidan has checked on drinking and irrigation water resources at the Yarmouk River and the northern and central parts of the Jor-dan Valley, according to a ministry statement. The minister, accompanied…
The next China? India first needs to beat BangladeshTaipei Times OnlineBy Andy Mukherjee / Bloomberg Opinion India’s COVID-19 economic gloom turned into despair this week, on news that its per capita GDP for this year might be lower than that of Bangladesh. “Any emerging economy doing well is good news,” Kaushik Basu, a…
‘Global financial crisis; rise of China, India led to economic rebalancing’:…Hindustan TimesDuring a webinar, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the year 2008 was a turning point in modern era marked by the global financial crisis and the rise of China, India and ASEAN, which led to economic rebalancing. “This process took an…
Cybersecurity Impact
CyberScoopNews – How COVID-19 changed Cyber Command’s “Cyber Flag” exercise https://t.co/NGeO4PnNdI https://t.co/JJHBlybmamCyberScoopNews – TwitterHow COVID-19 changed Cyber Command's "Cyber Flag" exercise https://hubs.ly/H0y5Jjb0 https://twitter.com/CyberScoopNews/status/1317489041965785090/photo/1
CyberScoopNews – How the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research https://t.co/Pe6ztWfz6x by… https://t.co/0BJwxY6HjxCyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research https://hubs.ly/H0y5dbw0 by @shanvav https://twitter.com/CyberScoopNews/status/1317572090996862979/photo/1
How Ransomware Puts Your Hospital at RiskNYT.com Main NewsIn the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the potential consequences of cyberattacks are terrifying.
InfoSecHotSpot – British Airways hit with £20m fine for data breach Fine reduced from initial figure of £183 million because of the… https://t.co/HtlLlYmb4HInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterBritish Airways hit with £20m fine for data breach Fine reduced from initial figure of £183 million because of the pandemic, ICO says https://bit.ly/346WvA8 https://twitter.com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1317540437708689414/photo/1
InfosecurityMag – BA GDPR Data Breach Fine Lowered to £20m Due to COVID-19 https://t.co/mqoZBx96MMInfosecurityMag – TwitterBA GDPR Data Breach Fine Lowered to £20m Due to COVID-19 http://dlvr.it/RjnSBg
ItsReallyNick – RT @ShaneHuntley: New updates from TAG in today’s post https://t.co/oUXkAMQ4UF Includes DDOS attacks from China, COVID-19 targeting from No…ItsReallyNick – TwitterRT @ShaneHuntley: New updates from TAG in today's post https://blog.google/threat-analysis-group/how-were-tackling-evolving-online-threats Includes DDOS attacks from China, COVID-19 targeting from North Korea and a large spam network conducting…
Ransomware Attack on a Major Health Tech Firm Slows Down Several COVID-19 Clinical TrialsOffice of Inadequate SecurityAlicia Hope reports: A ransomware attack targeting medical technology firm slowed down clinical trials for the past two…

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