19 October 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • 1,827 more diagnosed with coronavirus in Canada amid surges in parts of the country (Global News Canada)
  • 63 more people die in South Africa (ENCA)
  • A second wave of Covid-19 in India? (Times of India)
  • Belgium again shutters bars and restaurants (France24)
  • China reports 13 new COVID-19 infections, all infections imported (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Coronavirus vaccine rolls off production line in Belgium (9News.com.au)
  • Forest tourism rising as coronavirus pandemic wanes in China (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
  • Germany rolls out flu injection for all (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany: Coronavirus an extra burden for immigrants (Deutsche Welle)
  • Has the pandemic really peaked in India? (BBC)
  • Ireland to impose nationwide COVID-19 curbs on Monday (Arab News)
  • Italy tightens socialising rules to combat coronavirus spike – including a rule of six (Sky News Latest)
  • Italy to close high schools and enforce 10pm curfew after highest daily toll of Covid infections (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy, the epicenter of Europe’s first coronavirus outbreak, moves to stop second surge (CNBC)
  • Poland and Spain Vow Tougher Action on Climate: BNEF Update (Bloomberg)
  • Singapore’s Economic Reopening Is Failing to Lift Its Equities (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • South Africa registers 63 more COVID-19 fatalities (East Coast Radio)
  • Switzerland imposes generalised mask-wearing in indoor public spaces (Swiss Info)
  • Switzerland introduces first national restrictions with face masks compulsory in indoor public areas (Telegraph)
  • UK – Boris Johnson faces having to impose tier 3 restrictions on Greater Manchester as standoff continues (The Independent)
  • UK – Brexit: Drugs industry appeals to Boris Johnson for urgent action to avoid no-deal medicine shortages (The Independent)
  • UK – British government backs program to move COVID-19 supplies by drone (New York Daily News)
  • UK – Coronavirus Scotland: UK Government deny issue at Glasgow lab (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak warned public sector’s food supply at risk (The Guardian)
  • US – Almost Two Dozen COVID-19 Infections Tied to Trump’s Minnesota Rallies (Slate Magazine)
  • US – Biden attacks Trump in North Carolina over COVID-19; president to campaign in Nevada (Today Online)
  • US – Coronavirus outbreak linked to church gathering in rural Maine (Boston Globe)
  • US – Donald Trump brings his ‘Spit Venom/Spread Virus’ tour to Arizona (AZCentral.com)
  • US – How Mormons Fed Up With Trump Could Help Lift Biden in Arizona (NYT.com U.S.)
  • US – Illinois gov says Trump partly to blame for COVID-19 spike (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Nearly 16,000 Florida residents have died from coronavirus as total infections top 755,000 (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – Oregon Insight: Entrepreneurship appears steady despite pandemic (Oregonian)
  • US – Oregon was among the slowest at paying jobless benefits after pandemic hit (Oregonian)
  • US – Pelosi says chances of passing COVID-19 stimulus before election depend on Trump administration (The Hill)
  • US – The CDC wanted to tell churches to avoid singing. The White House had other ideas. How the Trump Administration mic… https://t.co/e9cOyzU6mt (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Trump, COVID-19 tie up immigration courts for thousands in California, attorneys say (Fresno Bee)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • ‘India has crossed Covid-19 peak’ (Cape Times E-dition)
Actions by Companies
  • “A Truly Orwellian Culture” – Amazon Removes COVID Skeptic’s Book For Violating Content Guidelines (Zero Hedge)
  • Alibaba to buy controlling stake in hypermarket chain… (Mail Online UK)
  • As Puri’s tenure ends, HDFC Bank holds on to its historic profitability (Livemint.com)
  • As virus curbs intl holidays, BMW India plans to lure in people who wish to spend on luxury cars (Economic Times)
  • BMW Group Posts Sales Growth Of 8.6% In Q3 2020 (NDTV)
  • Boeing explores selling Seattle-area jetliner HQ (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Cathay Pacific board expected to back ambitious revamp requiring job cuts within days (South China Morning Post)
  • Coal India Expects To Better Operational Performance Despite Covid-19, Lockdowns (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Coronavirus, Netflix results, China growth data (FT.com – International economy)
  • Danone revamps leadership and structure to cope with pandemic (Financial Times – Europe homepage)
  • Danske Bank Premiership season may be finished at 22 games (Finanzen.net)
  • Donald Trump may secure AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine before UK does (Hindu Business Line)
  • Evotec secures grant to evaluate antibody drugs for Covid-19 (The Sun Daily)
  • Facebook’s new tool to stop fake news is a game changer—if the company would only use it (Fortune)
  • Hannover Re expects higher prices in 2021 in Germany due to COVID (Nasdaq)
  • Indian shares gain on HDFC Bank boost, U.S. stimulus hopes (Reuters India)
  • Jin Air to begin operating plane converted to carry cargo this week (Korea Herald)
  • Looking to expand presence, Vestas bets on India specific wind turbines (Business Standard India)
  • Lufthansa open sales to Bangkok (TTRweekly.com)
  • Mastercard: Short-Term Pain, Long-Term Gain (Seeking Alpha)
  • MediaTek on average pays the highest wages in the semiconductor industry: survey (Formosa Television (FTV))
  • Microsoft is downloading Office web apps on Windows 10 devices without permission (Hindustan Times)
  • Nandan Nilekani: The challenge is we don’t have adult vaccination system… Must build it from scratch for Covid-19 (Indian Express)
  • Nippon Express doubles China-Europe rail cargo as virus hits flights (Nikkei Asian Review)
  • Nippon Paint thank frontliners (thestar.com.my)
  • Nokia wins $14.1 million NASA contract to set up 4G network on Moon (Business Standard India)
  • Ooredoo Dark Sakar sponsor of S’hail 2020 (Gulf Times)
  • Over 110k sellers got orders in 1st 48 hours of festive sale: Amazon India (Business Standard India)
  • Risks ahead for China despite ‘remarkable’ growth amid global weakness: Moody’s (CNBC)
  • SBI economists propose ‘Adopt-A-Family’ scheme: Here’s all you need to know about the voluntary scheme (The Freepress Journal)
  • Saudi Aramco and SABIC reassess crude-oil-to-chemicals… (Mail Online UK)
  • UK could get coronavirus shots by New Year as pharma giant Pfizer says it has begun vaccine roll-out (Telegraph)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Better Coronavirus Stock: Opko Health or BioNTech? (Nasdaq)
  • CVS to hire thousands of pharmacy techs as it prepares for more Covid-19 cases, rollout of vaccine (CNBC)
  • Experimental coronavirus vaccines: When they will roll out, side effects and what it all means for you (Cleveland.com)
  • Healthcare workers, high-risk people will get priority for COVID-19 vaccine in New York: governor (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Healthy young people may wait for coronavirus vaccine until 2022, WHO official says (FirstWord Pharma)
  • KNAUER subsidiary ‘Das Labor. GmbH’ produces SARS-CoV-2 antibody rapid tests in Africa (News-Medical.Net)
  • Most vulnerable ‘could get vaccine by Christmas’ (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Obesity changes ACE2 and TMPRSS2 expression in mice: Implications for COVID-19 (News-Medical.Net)
  • Sinopharm’s candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine BBIBP-CorV shows promise in clinical trials (News-Medical.Net)
  • WHO study finds Remdesivir and other repurposed drugs ineffective in COVID-19 (News-Medical.Net)
Societal & Economic Impact
Arrests at Stormont coronavirus protestBBCArrests have been made and fixed penalty notices handed out at a protest against coronavirus restrictions in the grounds of Stormont estate in east Belfast. The PSNI said more than 300 people gathered at the demonstration against the new regulations…
China becomes first major economy to recover from Covid-19 pandemicThe GuardianThe Chinese economy grew 4.9% between July and September, according to government data, as China becomes the first major economy to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The year-on-year expansion, while slightly lower than analyst expectations,…
China economy grows 4.9%, extending virus recoveryGulf NewsWorld’s second-largest economy grew slightly below expectations in third quarter Beijing: China’s economy continued its rebound from bruising coronavirus lockdowns in the third quarter, clocking 4.9 per cent growth on-year, a step closer to…
China’s Economy Grows 4.9% Year-On-Year in Q3 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Misses ExpectationsYahoo! IndiaChina, October 19: China economy grew 4.9 percent year-on-year in Q3 of 2020. The growth was slower than the 5.2 percent forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll and followed a 3.2 percent growth in the second quarter. On a quarter-on-quarter basis,…
Concerns mount over violence in the workplace for front-line workersGlobal News CanadaAs more restrictions are put in place in health care settings, there are concerns violent acts could increase towards front line workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Katherine Ward speaks with people connected to the industry about past…
Contact tracing key in Covid-19 fightThe Sun DailyFollowing the unexpected rise in Covid-19 cases hitting the country, it is crucial to bear in mind that Malaysians should remain vigilant and not take contact tracing lightly, as it is a vital way to curb the spread of Covid-19. This is because…
Czech police clash with protesters opposing Covid-19 curbsThe Straits Times All NewsOctober 19, 2020 6:49 AM Police used tear gas, water cannon to disperse the crowd of some 2,000 protesters.
Egypt’s economy exceeds expectation despite pandemicArab NewsThe IMF also expects a decline in the overall deficit of GDP to 5.2 percent during 2022-23 International air traffic is down 92 percent this year due to the coronavirus disease pandemic
PRECIOUS-Gold firms on coronavirus woes, U.S. stimulus hopesReuters India* Silver could rally to $40/oz over next 12 months- Citi * Pelosi optimistic of U.S. fiscal aid before elections * Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser (Recasts, adds comments, updates…
Pollution may increase coronavirus transmissibility making people more vulnerable: Expertszeenews.comNew Delhi: Experts have warned that air pollution may increase novel coronavirus transmissibility making people more vulnerable to the disease and aggravating the COVID-19 crisis in the country. They also said that those who have had the infection in…
Geopolitical Impact
British astrologer who predicted Covid reveals what’s really going to happen in the next six monthsMail Online UKAstrologer Jessica Adams, 56, predicted coronavirus pandemic a year before  Picked out key dates months before and turned out to be of great significance Provided some of her predictions for the future of the royals, Brexit and more  She sees the…
China threatens to detain Americans if U.S. prosecutes Chinese scholarsToronto Star OnlineThis copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com…
China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomacy in focus as scuffle hurts Taiwan officialBusiness Standard IndiaA ministry spokesperson told Bloomberg News by text that the injury was a "mild concussion." Chinese diplomats injured one of their Taiwanese counterparts during a scuffle in Fiji earlier this month, a senior Taiwanese official said, highlighting…
China’s claim of nearly 11 million negative test results in Qingdao ‘impossible’: Taiwan CECC headTaiwan News OnlineTAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) chief on Saturday (Oct. 17) said that China's claim that all 10.89 million Wuhan coronavirus tests administered on Qingdao citizens came back negative is "impossible." Following…
Egypt faces challenge of reaching a fair agreement on GERD due to Ethiopia’s intransigent stances: Water Minister at CWWEgypt TodayEgyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti gives a speech at the opening session of the 2020 Cairo Water Week (CWW) on Sunday, October 18, 2020- press photo CAIRO – 18 October 2020: Egypt faces the challenge of reaching a…
India, 4th Most Powerful in Asia, Cedes Strategic Ground To China: ReportNDTVIndia, the fourth most powerful nation on the index after Japan, lost economic growth potential in the pandemic and is also ceding strategic ground to Beijing.
Joe Biden could be soft on China, not good for India: Donald Trump JrBusiness Standard IndiaDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is not good for India as he could be soft on China, US President Donald Trump's son said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is not good for India as he could be soft on China, US President Donald…
Ladakh: 8th round of India China Corps Commander talks likely this weekBusiness Standard IndiaThere was no breakthrough on the disengagement of troops from the friction points during the seventh round of talks on October 12 The eighth round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China is likely to take place this week with a focus on…
S. Korea, US look to rekindle negotiations with N. Korea via Tokyo OlympicsHani.co.kr: ) :US national security advisor to visit S. Korea in November ) : Blue House National Security Office Director Suh Hoon leaves the US Department of State in Washington, DC, after meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Oct. 15. (Yonhap News) T…
Shashi Tharoor is right — Pakistan did manage COVID-19 better than IndiaThe Freepress JournalTharoor himself seems to have acknowledged this. Answering a query, he said India was identifying more cases due to ramped-up testing and a lot of people in Pakistan may have been or were coronavirus positive and just not being counted because they…
Which Country Wields Most Power in Asia? U.S. Leads But China Is Catching UpBloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — China is closing in on the U.S. as the most powerful country influencing the Asia-Pacific, as America’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic tarnishes its reputation, a study showed.
Cybersecurity Impact
3 Accelerators Solving Covid-19’s Cybersecurity CrunchForbes – Cybersecurity RSSCovid-19 isn’t the only faceless enemy out there. Cybercriminals are on the march, but these three accelerators are helping cybersecurity entrepreneurs fight back.
83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020Forbes – Cybersecurity RSS49% have sped up their IT modernization plans because of Covid-19.
Cyberattacks on Japan coronavirus vaccine projects point to ChinaJapanTimes.co.jpResearch institutions have been targeted by attacks, apparently from China, since April but no reports of information leaks have been made, according to CrowdStrike.
InfoSecHotSpot – 83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020 IT modernization processes due to the pandemic. 48% of a… https://t.co/1hBdTYK0mWInfoSecHotSpot – Twitter83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020 IT modernization processes due to the pandemic. 48% of all companies surveyed have accelerated their cloud migration plans, 49% have sped up their IT modernization plans because of Covid-19….
InfoSecHotSpot – 83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020 IT modernization processes due to the pandemic. 48% of a… https://t.co/6385jyNpXWInfoSecHotSpot – Twitter83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020 IT modernization processes due to the pandemic. 48% of all companies surveyed have accelerated their cloud migration plans, 49% have sped up their IT modernization plans because of Covid-19….
InfoSecHotSpot – 83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020 IT modernization processes due to the pandemic. 48% of a… https://t.co/TMEybr2OXEInfoSecHotSpot – Twitter83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020 IT modernization processes due to the pandemic. 48% of all companies surveyed have accelerated their cloud migration plans, 49% have sped up their IT modernization plans because of Covid-19….
InfoSecHotSpot – 83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020 IT modernization processes due to the pandemic. 48% of a… https://t.co/sxcSEElKoDInfoSecHotSpot – Twitter83% Of Enterprises Transformed Their Cybersecurity In 2020 IT modernization processes due to the pandemic. 48% of all companies surveyed have accelerated their cloud migration plans, 49% have sped up their IT modernization plans because of Covid-19….
Telstra boss to lead industry advisory body on cyber securityWA TodayMr Penn will chair the new committee, which will meet virtually for the first time on Tuesday. The Telstra boss, who also chaired the industry panel that advised the government on its cyber security strategy, said internet-connected technologies were…
The Best Cybersecurity Companies To Work For Based On GlassdoorForbes.comBased on Glassdoor ratings, BigID, SentinelOne, KnowBe4, Zscaler, Auth0, Tanium, CyberArk, Fortinet, Recorded Future and Radware are the ten best cybersecurity companies to work for in 2020 based on the percent of employees who would recommend the…
cybersecboardrm – 3 Accelerators Solving Covid-19’s Cybersecurity Crunch #Cybersecurity #security https://t.co/j2B17b81d0cybersecboardrm – Twitter3 Accelerators Solving Covid-19’s Cybersecurity Crunch #Cybersecurity #security https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2020/10/18/3-accelerators-solving-covid-19s-cybersecurity-crunch/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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