20 January 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Access to Information and Degree of Community Awareness of Preventive Health Measures in the Face of COVID-19 in Spain (MDPI)
  • Chile reports 3,400 COVID-19 infections in a day (Beijingbulletin.com)
  • China defends early actions on COVID-19 after panel report (NationalPost.com)
  • Colombia says it’s ready to distribute coronavirus vaccines (Dayton Daily News)
  • Coronavirus pandemic reveals Japan’s hidden poverty, with women hit especially hard (South China Morning Post)
  • Germany extends COVID lockdown until February 14 (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany extends Covid lockdown amid concern over variants in Europe (The Guardian)
  • Germany prolonged on Tuesday night its lockdown that has been in force since November and introduced even stricter… https://t.co/MNqA0lTysN (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Germany’s 2020 borrowing comes in well short of forecast (Dayton Daily News)
  • Italy PM Conte faces crucial vote to stay in power (BBC)
  • Italy’s PM survives crunch confidence vote (FT.com – World, Europe)
  • Pandemic reveals hidden poverty in wealthy Japan (News On Japan)
  • Scotland and Germany extend lockdowns into February (Irish Times)
  • Singapore draws $17.2b of investments in 2020, most since 2008, despite Covid-19 (The Straits Times All News)
  • Switzerland’s stop-and-go march to vaccinate everyone by the summer (Swiss Info)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE reports record 3,506 Covid-19 infections (Abu Dhabi National)
  • UK – ‘Trying to score political points’: Scottish Government insisted Covid-19 health advice ‘branded’ as Scottish (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s planned cut to universal credit is a reminder of the bleak outlook for many Britons today (The Independent)
  • UK – Matt Hancock forced into self-isolation again after being ‘pinged’ by test and trace app (Telegraph)
  • UK – Pressure grows on Boris Johnson to agree a plan to start easing lockdown restrictions by March 8 (Telegraph)
  • UK – UK Government unveils details of £23m aid fund for seafood exporters hit by Brexit red tape (Herald Scotland)
  • US – 18 family members get COVID-19 after holiday gathering in Pennsylvania (New York Post)
  • US – About one in 13 people in California have been infected with COVID-19 (Australian Financial Review)
  • US – California gave less COVID-19 relief cash to small communities (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Idaho senators warned of possible COVID-19 exposure (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Maryland boy to be featured at inauguration special for helping those in need during pandemic (CBS News)
  • US – Michigan health director: Strong reason to believe COVID-19 ‘pause’ worked (Detroit News)
  • US – Minnesota’s new coronavirus vaccine registration system down shortly after launch (TwinCities.com)
  • US – Oregon’s new school reopening measures clear a way for all Portland-area elementary schools to reopen (Oregonian)
  • US – Peter Nygard, 79, asks for release on bail because ‘he can’t keep up his sugar-free diet’ (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Rhode Island Extends Covid-19 Nexus Rule for 2nd Time (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – Trump administration makes Covid-19 job tougher for Biden (CNN)
  • US – Trying to Make Sense of Long COVID Syndrome (NIH Director’s Blog)
  • US – ‘I have to provide’: How these California moms are making it through the pandemic (Fresno Bee)
  • Vegan restaurant wins Michelin star in France (ABC News)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Will Indonesia’s trifecta survive COVID-19? (Jakarta Post)
  • With MCO clock ticking, still no light at end of Covid-19 tunnel for Malaysia (Malay Mail)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Biden proposes $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus packageFOX Business – VideoRep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., analyzes the plan on ‘Fox & Friends First.’
Canberrans falling back into homelessness amid pandemic, report findsCanberra TimesVulnerable Canberrans are falling back into homelessness at the second-highest rate in the country, new figures show, as demand for help spikes on the back of the bushfires and coronavirus pandemic. The Productivity Commission's latest report on…
Depression increases alcohol consumption during Covid-19 pandemic: StudyHindu Business LineA new study has revealed that people struggling with anxiety and depression are more likely to increase their alcohol consumption amidst the global pandemic. The study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, has been carried out by the…
JPMorgan sees Biden’s stimulus cutting unemployment to less than 5% by year endBusiness InsiderLower-wage workers have seen devastating job losses. Justin Sullivan/ David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds, wrote that President-elect Biden's new stimulus could curb unemployment. A simulation of the plan found that unemployment could…
Majority say Biden’s top priorities should be coronavirus vaccine rollout, stimulus: pollThe HillA majority of voters say President-elect Joe Biden 's top priorities once he is sworn in on Wednesday should be coronavirus vaccinations and passing a new stimulus package, according to a Harvard CAPS-Harris poll. Forty percent of respondents in the…
Okinawa declares state of emergency over coronavirusMainichi JPOkinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki announces the prefecture's own state of emergency declaration over the coronavirus at the prefectural government office in Naha on Jan. 19, 2021. (Mainichi/Takayasu Endo) NAHA — Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki declared the…
The coronavirus and the fate of the economy are ‘inseparable,’ economist saysCNBCIan Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, spoke to CNBC about the course of the pandemic and its ramifications for the U.S. economy.
Workforce increase reinforces Alaska virus contact tracingNews 1130ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s coronavirus contact tracing effort is rebounding after several months of hiring and several weeks of decreased daily cases, officials said. State officials said great improvements have been made since November, when the…
Yellen urges Congress to ‘act big’ on virus stimulus and not worry about debtSkyNews.com BusinessPresident-elect Joe Biden's choice as US Treasury secretary has urged Congress to "act big" and ignore surging national debt in the face of the continuing coronavirus crisis.
Geopolitical Impact
“Blockchain: Shaking up global trade, financial markets, could kill SA corruption – Monica Singer” – BizNewsPoliticswebAnd four other top stories on BizNews business news website, 19January 2020 JOHANNESBURG – The five best-read stories on BizNews.comTuesday19December2020 1. Blockchain: Shaking up global trade, financial markets, could kill SA corruption – Monica…
COVID-ravaged India will limit Biden’s efforts to counter ChinaNikkei Asian Reviewis an independent researcher and commentator based between India and Canada. As the world continues to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is increasing concern about the potentially devastating long-run impacts on emerging economies,…
Denmark mulls Taiwan’s WHO return despite opposition from ChinaAni NewsTaipei [ Taiwan ], January 20 (ANI): Denmark 's parliament is reportedly considering a resolution to support Taiwan 's bid to return to the World Health Organization ( WHO ), despite opposition from China , according to Danish media and Taiwan 's…
Global trade to recover faster from pandemic than 2008 financial crisis, survey showsAbu Dhabi NationalEconomist Intelligence Unit research commissioned by DP World reveals 70% of respondents are optimistic about the pace of a recovery in trade Jan 19, 2021 January 19, 2021 Global company executives are optimistic about trade recovering from the Covid-19…
Palau’s new president pledges to stand with Taiwan, US against ‘bully’ ChinaTaipei Times OnlineThe Guardian The Palauan president-elect has vowed to stand up to Chinese “bullying” in the Pacific, saying that the archipelago nation is set to stand by its alliances with “true friends,” Taiwan and the US. Surangel Whipps Jr, 52, a supermarket owner…
Saudi Arabia beats Russia in tight race for China oil supply, U.S. imports soarEconomic TimesBEIJING/SINGAPORE: Saudi Arabia , the world's biggest oil exporter, beat Russia to keep its ranking as China 's top crude supplier in 2020, government data showed on Wednesday. China's oil demand remained strong last year even as the COVID-19 pandemic…
Saudi Arabia pips Russia to be China’s biggest oil supplier in 2020ReutersBEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, beat Russia to keep its ranking as China’s top crude supplier in 2020, Chinese government data showed on Wednesday. Oil demand in China, the world’s top oil importer,…
U.S. declares China’s treatment of Muslims “genocide”CBS NewsChina expands detention sites in Xinjiang Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has hit China with new sanctions by declaring that "These acts are an affront to the Chinese people and to civilized nations everywhere," Pompeo said on Twitter. "The People's…
UK minister blames coronavirus, ‘not Brexit’ for Northern Ireland shortagesPolitico.euSupermarket shelves in Northern Ireland have been left bare because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, not because of Brexit, the U.K.’s Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said Tuesday. “There are some challenges in Northern Ireland,” Lewis…
and Brexit drives boom for management consultantsYahoo! Finance UK and IrelandGrowth of 9% is expected in the management consultancy sector in 2021, highlighting its importance during a time when the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit has caused “critical periods of business disruption and transformation,” according to a new…
Cybersecurity Impact
CryptoInsane – Android Banking Botnet [COVID19 – Robin Hood – Alien – Cerberus] 🕵️‍♂️👾📲🏦💵📡 https://t.co/2hMIetgasdCryptoInsane – TwitterAndroid Banking Botnet [COVID19 – Robin Hood – Alien – Cerberus] 🕵️‍♂️👾📲🏦💵📡 https://twitter.com/CryptoInsane/status/1351564487384555520/photo/1
DarkReading – When asked which IT security projects will be highest priority as a result of COVID-19, survey respondents pointed… https://t.co/pxCAexJaY1DarkReading – TwitterWhen asked which IT security projects will be highest priority as a result of COVID-19, survey respondents pointed to remote-access systems (39%), VPNs (36%), authentication (35%), and phishing defense (29%). More on how businesses are tackling…
How to prepare for an effective phishing attack simulationCSO MagazineOver the last year I’ve noticed that small- to medium-sized organizations have done a better job reacting to vulnerabilities and zero days . As a result, attackers have pivoted to different methods. Rather than attack us through our operating…
Huawei urges corporates to focus on data minimization and business continuity management to mitigate data security challengesManila BulletinThe shifting sands of the data protection landscape in 2020 and what it means for 2021 2020 was a challenging year. The global COVID-19 pandemic had severely impacted governments, industries, and people’s private lives. Companies and individuals had…
InfoSecHotSpot – Cybersecurity For Cars Market in the post Covid-19 paradigm, Global Outlook by 2021-2030 https://t.co/6wAjeMmbyH :I… https://t.co/IFToQJZlPjInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterCybersecurity For Cars Market in the post Covid-19 paradigm, Global Outlook by 2021-2030 https://bit.ly/3nBFXXz :Impact of Covid-19 on the Cybersecurity For Cars market: [Covid-19 is an unforeseen and unprecedented situation that has turned the whole…
InfoSecHotSpot – How Bitdefender Protects You from Ransomware (Part 1) An introspection into the threat landscape of 2020 puts ranso… https://t.co/xCLUFXRPpqInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterHow Bitdefender Protects You from Ransomware (Part 1) An introspection into the threat landscape of 2020 puts ransomware on the map, as threat actors used the COVID-19 crisis to ensnare home users and businesses across the globe. The work-from-home…
Most Financial Services Have Suffered COVID-Linked Cyber-AttacksInfosecurity – Latest NewsMost Financial Services Have Suffered COVID-Linked Cyber-Attacks Financial services firms were hit hard over the past year, with 70% experiencing a successful cyber-attack and most of these blaming COVID-related conditions for the incident,…
New Charges Derail COVID Release for Hacker Who Aided ISISSecurity Bloggers NetworkA hacker serving a 20-year sentence for stealing personal data on 1,300 U.S. military and government employees and giving it to an Islamic State hacker group in 2015 has been charged once again with fraud and identity theft. The new charges have…
Secnewsbytes – CYBER THREAT BULLETIN: The Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Cyber Threat Activity – Canadian Centre for Cyber Securi… https://t.co/u0thoPJG6xSecnewsbytes – TwitterCYBER THREAT BULLETIN: The Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Cyber Threat Activity – Canadian Centre for Cyber Security https://www.cyber.gc.ca/en/guidance/cyber-threat-bulletin-continued-impact-covid-19-cyber-threat-activity
Vishing attacks conducted to steal corporate accounts, FBI warnsSecurity AffairsThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a notification warning of ongoing vishing attacks attempting to steal corporate accounts. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published a Private Industry Notification (PIN) that warns of…

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