19 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • 108-year-old woman is given Covid-19 vaccine in Italy, months after surviving coronavirus infection (Mail Online UK)
  • COVID-19 investigation panel slams China, WHO for their slow response to pandemic (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • China ‘could have acted more quickly’ in dealing with Covid-19, WHO’s pandemic response probe declares (Mail Online UK)
  • China’s surprise move after virus (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au Business)
  • Coronavirus pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan (The Straits Times All News)
  • Coronavirus pandemic review panel critical of delays by China and WHO, seeking ‘global reset’ (South China Morning Post)
  • Forrest’s COVID-19 ordeal spanned Uzbekistan to Switzerland (Australian Financial Review)
  • Germany discovers new Covid variant among 35 hospital patients (CNBC)
  • Germany struggles to bring infection rates down (Deutsche Welle)
  • Italy’s prime minister appeals for support in crunch vote that could bring down government (Telegraph)
  • Italy’s Conte Wins First Key Vote for Government’s Survival (Bloomberg)
  • Pandemic deepens digital divide in Poland – study (Telecompaper)
  • Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan (Bangkokpost.com Most recent)
  • Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid COVID-19 pandemic (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Schools reopen across Nigeria despite virus fears (ChannelAfrica.co.za)
  • Senior citizens in Italy are as active as ever despite COVID-19’s threat (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • Smartphone and Tablet Usage during COVID-19 Pandemic Confinement in Children under 48 Months in Barcelona (Spain) (MDPI)
  • Sweden Set for Contraction on Stricter Virus Restrictions (Bloomberg)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Matt Hancock confirms he is self-isolating after NHS app alert (Liverpool Echo)
  • UK – Matt Hancock to lead Downing Street briefing as Covid vaccine rollout reaches ‘significant milestone’ (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – Shoppers face online sales tax as Rishi Sunak looks to pay off huge Covid-19 debt (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – The conundrum facing Chancellor Rishi Sunak (Sky News)
  • UK – UK PM Boris Johnson says ‘things will be very different by the spring’ (Global News Canada)
  • US – Alabama’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts ranked last in US: CDC (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Biden’s CDC pick projects 500,000 COVID-19 deaths in US by mid-February (New York Post)
  • US – CDC: New Coronavirus Variant Could Become Dominant, Lead To More Covid-19, Deaths (Forbes.com)
  • US – California becomes first state to top 3 million coronavirus infections (STLtoday.com)
  • US – Fight against COVID-19 hits wall of defiance, suspicion in rural California: ‘The excuses just go on’ (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Florida scientist who accused state of manipulating coronavirus data tests positive for COVID-19, turns herself in (The Hill)
  • US – Hawaii reports 129 additional coronavirus infections statewide (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Idaho testing five coronavirus samples to check for infectious UK variant (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – Illinois records smallest daily COVID-19 caseload in more than 3 weeks (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – In Minnesota, a G.O.P. lawmaker’s death brings home the reality of the pandemic. (New York Times)
  • US – Kansas lawmakers moving quickly on COVID-19 legislation (star-telegram.com)
  • US – New Mexico reopens classrooms to some students after halt (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – Quest Gets CDC Contract To Conduct Genomic Sequencing To Identify COVID-19 Mutat (Nasdaq)
  • US – The COVID-19 death toll in the US could reach 500,000 by mid-February, the incoming CDC director warned (Business Insider)
  • US – UK coronavirus variant identified in Massachusetts for first time (FOXNews.com)
  • WATCH | In numbers: India begins world’s largest vaccination drive against Covid-19 (Times Live South Africa)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
AIR POLLUTION WEAKENS COVID-19 RESISTANCECape Times E-ditionAS WE surpass 35 000 Covid-19 deaths amid a terrifying second wave of the pandemic we need to begin an honest discussion to define and reflect on the bigger picture that puts our society’s health at risk. Poor air quality from industrial pollution……
China announces ‘positive growth’ for economy despite pandemicMail Online UKChina announces 'positive growth' for the economy despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Ning Jizhe, head of Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, says: 'Our economy has made extraordinary achievements in an unprecedented…
China economy grows 2.3% in 2020 as rebound from virus gainsThe Korea Times NewsChina's economy grew 2.3% in 2020 as a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic accelerated while the United States, Europe and Japan struggled with disease flare-ups. Growth in the three months ending in December rose to 6.5% over a year earlier, up…
China likely to pull ahead on digitization after growing economy despite coronavirusJapanTimes.co.jpFears are mounting that Japan will fall further behind the world's second-largest economy — perhaps the only major country to have achieved growth in 2020.
China’s economy picks up speed in fourth quarterChannelAfrica.co.zaChina’s economy picked up speed in the fourth quarter, with growth beating expectations as it ended a rough coronavirus-stricken 2020 in remarkably good shape and remained poised to expand further this year even as the global pandemic rages unabate…
In a pandemic year, no less than
a bold, big-bang Budget would
be right for the Indian economy
The Freepress JournalTwo weeks ahead of the Union Budget, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised what she called a ‘a post-pandemic budget never seen before in a hundred years.’ Whether she mixed up the reference to once-in-a-century pandemic with the Budget or…
Japan suicide rates shoot up during second wave of pandemicThe IndependentSteep rises in suicides were seen among women, children and adolescents Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile The second wave of Covid -19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of people in Japan, with…
Melania farewells America, urging halt to violence and honouring COVID-19 victimsNewshubMelania Trump has addressed Americans for the final time as First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), encouraging them to choose "peace over violence" ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as President. The outgoing First Lady will hand over her duties on…
Pandemic, climate change pose biggest global threatsDeutsche WelleEconomic and social fallouts from COVID-19 are among the most imminent threats to the world, a new report shows. Extreme weather and a failure to fight climate change remain the biggest long-term risks. The scars of the COVID-19 pandemic will…
Geopolitical Impact
China ‘already decided’ to sanction US officials over TaiwanBusiness Times Singapore– 5:50 AM Beijing CHINA said that it "has already decided" to sanction some US officials over involvement in Taiwan issues, as the Trump administration prepares to hand over to President-elect Joe Biden. "Based on the wrongful actions of the US side,…
China to sanction US officials over Taiwan issueUnited News of IndiaBeijing, Jan 18 (UNI) China on Monday said that US officials, who have ''engaged in nasty behaviour over Taiwan issue,'' will face sanctions. "Due to the wrongful actions of the US side, China has already decided to impose sanctions on the US…
Coronavirus digest: US lifts travel bans on EU, UK and BrazilDeutsche WelleThe alleviation of the restrictions will be effective as of January 26. Donald Trump made the move just as he's about to leave the White House. Follow DW for the latest. US President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the…
DERMALOG provides biometric border control system with integrated temperature detectionManila BulletinA new strain of the coronavirus has, again, made the world’s different countries scramble to secure their borders from allowing entry to those infected. Already, the Philippines has banned the entry of travelers from 21 nations where the new virus…
Gov’t tightens border control measures to curb COVID-19 spreadSingapore Business ReviewTravellers will need to take PCR tests upon arrival in Singapore. Due to the exacerbating COVID-19 situation worldwide, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that beginning 24 January 2021 at 11.59 PM, all travellers—Singapore citizens and…
In recovering from the pandemic well ahead of the Western world, China has gained significant ground on the U.S. https://t.co/w2PNYNzhUOWSJ – TwitterIn recovering from the pandemic well ahead of the Western world, China has gained significant ground on the U.S. https://on.wsj.com/2XWhWzO
Morning digest: Aware of Chinese construction on LAC, says MEA; U.S. and China spar over origins of coronavirus, and moreThe HinduThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday said it was aware of infrastructure construction by China in the past several years “along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)” and that India had also stepped up its construction, after a report by NDTV…
Scotch whisky chiefs in call for tax cut to ease £7.5m a week hit from “punitive” US tariffsHerald ScotlandScotch whisky chiefs in call for tax cut to ease £7.5m a week hit from "punitive" US tariffs 0 comment THE SCOTCH whisky industry says 5% cut in duty will help ease a £7.5m a week hit causes by "punitive tariffs" and actually provide a £250m a year…
U.S. and China clash at WHO over scientific mission in WuhanAsahi.comGENEVA–The United States called on China on Monday to allow an expert team from the World Health Organization (WHO) to interview “caregivers, former patients and lab workers” in the central city of Wuhan, drawing a rebuke from Beijing. The team of…
U.S., China spar over the origins of the coronavirusThe HinduBeijing slams U.S. after it pointed the finger at Wuhan lab The U.S. and China on Monday sparred over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest in a growing list of tensions that have left relations strained as President Donald Trump leaves…
Cybersecurity Impact
2021 Cybersecurity PredictionsSecurity Bloggers Network2020 has made cybersecurity among the priorities of most organizations. The challenging times brought by the COVID pandemic showed that no corporation is immune to cyber attacks. Even the largest and seemingly secure companies suffered…
Biden’s $10 Billion Cybersecurity Proposal: Is It Enough?BankInfoSecuritySecurity Experts Say Proposal Amounts to a 'Down…
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 
Cybersecurity Lessons from the Election: Human BehaviorSecurity Bloggers NetworkThere have been a number of recent articles in the popular press suggesting that behavioral science can serve to explain people’s responses to COVID-19 and indicate how individuals might be persuaded to act in line with the common good. This…
FBI warns vishing attacks are on the rise amid COVID-19 pandemicSiliconANGLEThe U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning in relation to vishing attacks, a form of cybercrime that uses social engineering over a telephone to gain access access to private personal and financial information for the purposes of…
Free cyber career training coursework emerges as a perk in tough timesSC Magazine USTraining underway through the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers & Studies. Challenging times have spurred companies and associations to offer free cybersecurity offerings. (NIST) A pair of…
Hackers Demonstrate Lack of Basic Security on a Moscow University WebsiteTechNaduA Moscow University that was responsible for the first round of Olympiads was taken down to fix flaws. Hackers discovered and reported a very straight-forward way to access and edit information on the site. The repercussions of this include the…
Keeping Afloat In A Minefield Of Cybersecurity ThreatsForbes.comWhen the HMS Dreadnought was christened in 1906, it became the defining military force of the early 20th century. Suddenly every major power had to have its own dreadnought , as they came to be called, and they became a source of national pride in…
Navigating the Cyber Threat Landscape: Lessons From 2020 And Trends For 2021Information Security BuzzAfter a volatile year where the cyber threat landscape evolved as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, what lessons can we take from 2020, and how should we adapt to the trends… The ISBuzz Post: This Post …
blackswanburst – RT @AmyErtan: Section 5: Ransomware in 2020. COVID-19 themed email campaigns and an attacker focus on healthcare providers. The @CCDCOE wil…blackswanburst – TwitterRT @AmyErtan: Section 5: Ransomware in 2020. COVID-19 themed email campaigns and an attacker focus on healthcare providers. The @CCDCOE will be releasing the 'Cyber Investigator's Handbook' in 2021 – a guide providing the cyber community with…

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