20 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • Amazon bows to demands to delay Black Friday offers in France (FT.com – UK News)
  • Bartenders, wait staff most at risk for COVID-19 in Norway’s second wave: study (CTV News)
  • Brazil may experience 2nd Covid-19 wave: Govt (IANS Live)
  • Coronavirus digest: Germany sets new daily record in COVID infections (Deutsche Welle)
  • Finland’s Prime Minister Warns COVID-19 Will Trigger A Populist Backlash (Zero Hedge)
  • Germany seeks volunteer nurses to cope with pandemic (Deutsche Welle)
  • How a ‘vast ocean of goodwill’ between China and Australia turned sour (CNN.com – Asia)
  • Italy urges EU to empower national bad banks as pandemic bites (Nasdaq)
  • Kit Siang: Malaysia seems to have lost its way in fight against Covid-19 (Malay Mail)
  • Mask effectiveness study from Denmark counter to CDC recommendation (Washington Times)
  • Mexico marks grim virus milestone, passes 100,000 … (Sharjah24)
  • Mink strain of coronavirus ‘most likely’ extinct, says Denmark (The Independent)
  • Pakistan braces for a ‘more lethal’ second wave (Deutsche Welle)
  • Saudi Arabia to review VAT increase after Covid-19… (Khaleej Times)
  • South Korea warns of return to tough coronavirus measures to fight third wave (The Straits Times All News)
  • Spain’s economy minister hopes for GDP growth in Q4 (Reuters UK)
  • Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia reaffirm joint efforts to combat Covid-19 (IANS Live)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • Top Belgian clubs estimate revenue loss of $325M in pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • Turkey confirms 4,542 new COVID-19 patients, 430,170 in total (Xinhua News Agency)
  • UK – ‘It won’t be a normal Christmas’ says Health Sec Matt Hancock (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson fights for Christmas as scientists warn elderly relatives could be dead by January (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson urged to commit to aid budget after defence boost (The Guardian)
  • UK – The Telegraph weekly news quiz: Which MP tested positive for coronavirus after meeting Boris Johnson? (Telegraph)
  • UK – ‘Promising signs’ country is starting to see ‘flattening’ of cases, says Matt Hancock (The Independent)
  • US – CDC recommends against Thanksgiving travel amid surge of coronavirus cases (Washington Post)
  • US – CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel amid COVID-19 surge (New York Post)
  • US – COVID-19 has killed 1 in every 1,000 North Dakota residents, data shows (New York Post)
  • US – California will impose ‘limited’ curfew due to COVID-19 surge (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California, Ohio order nightly curfews on gatherings as coronavirus surges (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Citing coronavirus concerns, CDC says don’t travel this Thanksgiving (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • US – Connecticut hospital official predicts state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations will double to more than 1,600 this winter (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Coronavirus New Hampshire joins rest of region in statewide mask mandate (boston.com)
  • US – Coronavirus is ‘out of control’ in Alabama, warns health official (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Coronavirus updates: A week from Thanksgiving, California’s surge is only speeding up (Sacramento Bee)
  • US – Editorial: The COVID-19 shutdown will crush Colorado businesses without immediate intervention (Denver Post)
  • US – Governors in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine imposed additional restrictions on daily life Thursday as the la… https://t.co/M1lzAQVs1N (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Mini-Lungs in a Lab Dish Mimic Early COVID-19 Infection (NIH Director’s Blog)
  • US – NIAIDNews – COVID-19 NEWS: NIAID-supported study by scientists at @StJude shows that TNF-α and IFN-γ synergistically drive infl… https://t.co/gb3ByD0GF4 (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – Seattle University Students From Hawaii Advise Against Traveling Due to COVID-19 Risk (The Spectator)
  • US – Transcript for CDC Telebriefing on the COVID-19 Outbreak (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – White House, CDC Call For Vigilance Amid COVID-19 Surge (Law360)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • ‘It’s the final stretch’: Pfizer CEO urges people not to relax Covid precautions (Livemint.com)
  • A.P. Moller – Maersk further improves profitability in Q3 due to strong Ocean performance and growth in Logistics & Services (JARN)
  • Air France-KLM prepares airlift for virus vaccine (Taipei Times Online)
  • Almost a million people inoculated with Chinese Sinopharm (The Straits Times All News)
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shows promise with the elderly (New York Post)
  • AstraZeneca releases positive Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccine data, says Phase 3 data available by Christmas (FOXBusiness.com)
  • AstraZeneca, Oxford vaccine produces strong immune response (Washington Times)
  • Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine effectiveness on older population ‘very encouraging’: Doctor (FOX Business – Video)
  • Drug maker AstraZeneca applies for COVID-19 vaccine trials in PH (ABS-CBN News)
  • EVs for personal use driving sales despite Covid-19 pandemic: Tata Motors (Business Standard India)
  • Facebook accused of ‘risking staff lives’ by forcing them back to offices during pandemic (The Independent)
  • Facebook made record number of mistakes after turning to AI moderators during pandemic (Telegraph)
  • Footwear maker Pou Chen to end unpaid leave program in December (Focus Taiwan)
  • General Motors Lifts Electric-Vehicle Commitment Through 2025 (TheStreet.com)
  • India in talks with Pfizer, says AIIMS director (Livemint.com)
  • Macy’s reports 20% fall in comparable sales, eyes surging virus cases (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Now, get your SBI cheque book delivered to any address of your choice –Here’s all you need to do (zeenews.com)
  • OPINION | SABC crisis: This is a watershed moment for independent public broadcasting (News24)
  • Olam CEO says economic recovery from COVID-19 will be painfully slow (Reuters)
  • PerkinElmer SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Assay Receives CE… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • Pfizer says Covid-19 shot 95% effective, protects older people (Business Mirror)
  • Pfizer shares rise over 3 pc on coronavirus vaccine report (Yahoo! India)
  • Ryanair waives flight changes fees for holiday period (Irish Times)
  • SBI revises Q2 GDP estimates to -10.7 per cent from -12.5 per cent earlier (Ani News)
  • SIA, SilkAir to resume flights to San Francisco, Nagoya from December 2020 (Business Times Singapore)
  • ST Engineering offers some staff early release from jobs (Straits Times)
  • Sinovac may get Phase III trial results of COVID-19 vaccine by Dec, executive says (Today Online)
  • Swiss Re confims targets as it grapples with pandemic (Reuters UK)
  • Third Waterloo Region Walmart damaged by fire has now reopened (CTV News)
  • Thyssenkrupp plans 5,000 more job cuts, with steel branch in jeopardy (Deutsche Welle)
  • UAE: How you can port your number to etisalat or du (Gulf News)
  • Woolworths reverses controversial virus decision (Yahoo! News Australia)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Azar: ‘Historic’ coronavirus vaccine accomplished in only 10 months (FOX Business – Video)
  • BioNTech trabaja en una fórmula de vacuna contra el coronavirus que se pueda transportar a temperatura ambiente (CNN)
  • Brits more likely to get Covid-19 vaccine straight away than French or Americans, survey finds (City A.M.)
  • COVID-19 vaccines: no time for complacency (Lancet)
  • Coronavirus vaccine research and distribution plans overlook an important, growing group: people who already got sick (Business Insider)
  • Coronavirus vaccine won’t mean end of public health measures, Fauci says (FOXNews.com)
  • Ct values and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Kinetics and seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in children (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Pandemic spurs record debt levels; Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is effective across all ages (CNBC)
  • SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV viral load dynamics, duration of viral shedding, and infectiousness: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Lancet)
  • Should companies require employees to take the coronavirus vaccine? (CNBC)
  • Tackling COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (Lancet)
  • To beat Covid-19 will take far more than a new vaccine (FT.com – Companies)
  • WHO group recommends against use of remdesivir drug for Covid-19 (Irish Times)
  • What has to happen before the COVID-19 vaccine gets to you (star-telegram.com)
Societal & Economic Impact
Group says violence against trans, gender-diverse people up in Covid-19 pandemicMalay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Trans and gender diverse people face increased violence and mental health issues during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a rights group. Justice for Sisters said trans and gender diverse people were not only economically…
Homelessness rates in Halifax doubled amid COVID-19 pandemicGlobal News CanadaAs we enter the second wave, support agencies are preparing for a tough winter. Charities like the Salvation Army say the need for their services has skyrocketed. Jesse Thomas has more.
Mnuchin pulls plug on some Covid-19 pandemic lending programmes that Federal Reserve considers essentialThe Straits Times All NewsNovember 20, 2020 9:05 AM WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday (Nov 19) that key pandemic lending programmes at the Federal Reserve would expire on Dec 31, putting the outgoing Trump administration at odds with…
More than 100,000 people volunteer for Royal Caribbean cruise test voyage despite coronavirus concernsNew York Daily NewsThousands of people have volunteered to sail cost-free on Royal Caribbean’s test voyages, mandated by the government in a bid to curb coronavirus outbreaks on the high seas.
State of emergency extended as virus hits Missouri hospitalsstar-telegram.comRepublican Gov. Mike Parson on Thursday extended Missouri's state of emergency through March as hospitals struggled to keep up with a rise in coronavirus cases. Although there are sufficient beds ……
US lawmakers discuss stimulus again as Federal Reserve warns of growth slumpBusiness Times Singapore– 6:49 AM [WASHINGTON] Aides to top US lawmakers met on Thursday for yet another restart to talks on a new stimulus spending package to aid the economic recovery from the coronavirus downturn. The discussions, confirmed to AFP by a senior Democratic…
Unemployment claims rise, as pandemic shutdowns increase nationwideWashington PostThe number of new unemployment claims last week rose last week to 742,000, an increase of 31,000 compared with the previous week, as rising coronavirus cases have spurred a new wave of restrictions and closures begin to weigh on parts of the economy….
Want to save the economy? Start by vanquishing COVID-19australianherald.com latestRising COVID-19 numbers have placed much of Canada on the edge of see
What has Biden said about a second coronavirus stimulus package? Here’s what we knowstar-telegram.comPresident-elect Joe Biden is hopeful that Congress can pass coronavirus relief legislation once President Donald Trump leaves office. “Hopefully, when he’s gone, they’ll be more willing to do what they ……
What infectious disease experts want you to understand about contact tracing and COVID-19boston.comFor public health experts and infectious disease physicians, it is clear. Massachusetts, like the rest of the United States, is facing tough days and weeks ahead as the number of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. “We’re not…
Geopolitical Impact
Brexit Talks Suspended After Negotiator Catches Covid-19BloombergEuropean Union negotiator Michel Barnier said Brexit trade talks have been suspended after a member of his team tested positive for Covid-19, Bloomberg News reports. David Frost, the U.K.’s chief negotiator, said in a Twitter post he’s in “close…
Brexit trade talks suspended because of COVID-19 casestar-telegram.comThe Brexit trade negotiations have been suspended at a crucial stage because an EU negotiator has tested positive for the coronavirus, adding new uncertainty to the talks as a deadline ……
Britain took 20 days longer than average EU nation to bring Covid-19 under control, report findsTelegraphIt took the UK 20 days longer than the EU average to bring the first coronavirus wave under control, analysis by a major international report suggests. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed the figure in its Health…
COVID-19’s latest victim: the Brexit talksAustralian Financial ReviewLondon | The coronavirus pandemic's relentless European second wave has claimed another high-profile victim: the EU-Britain talks for a post-Brexit trade deal, which were put on ice on Thursday (Friday AEDT) after one negotiator tested positive. The…
China foreign minister to visit S. Korea amid hopes for Xi trip, N. Korea talksMalay MailChina’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks to foreign ministers of Asean during an emergency meeting on the Covid-19 outbreak in Vientiane, Laos February 20, 2020. — Reuters pic SEOUL, Nov — China's foreign minister will visit Seoul next week for…
China is ready to cooperate with India, BRICS on Covid-19 vaccine cration: Xi JinpingIndia BloomsBeijing:Chinese President Xi Jinping has said his nation is ready to cooperate with India and other BRICS nations in the fight against COVID-19 and creating vaccines against the dreaded disease. "What is important is that we put people’s life and…
China replaces U.S. as free mart nexusPhilippines Daily TribuneKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — The United States may have relinquished its long distinction as defender of an open global market after President Xi Jinping pegged China as the pivot point for free trade during yesterday’s Asia-Pacific Economic…
Hawaii imposes new COVID-19 travel restrictionsMainichi JP, photo provided by Naomi Worcester, a crew of workers unload gear as they arrive on Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote places on Earth. (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP) HONOLULU (AP) –…
Most U.S. companies optimistic about doing business in China after Biden’s win, survey findsCNBCOut of 124 company leaders, just over half, or 54.8%, said they are "more optimistic" and 8.1% are "much more optimistic" about doing business in China following President-elect Joe Biden's win, according to a survey by the American Chamber of…
Russia says inter-regional cooperation with China continuing amid COVID-19 pandemicXinhua News AgencyMOSCOW, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) — Russia and China have sustained high-level inter-regional cooperation despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has said. Inter-regional cooperation between Russia and China plays…
Taiwan Snack King Gains Amid China Economic RecoveryForbes.comSales and profit at Taiwan-headquartered Want Want China Holdings posted double-digit gains in the six months to September amid economic recovery in mainland China, its main market. Want Want, lead by Taiwan’s second-richest man Tsai Eng-Meng, said on…
Why India Pulled Out Of RCEP And How The Deal Will Benefit China: An Expert ExplainsHuffington Post IndiaArpita Mukherjee, professor at ICRIER, says China now has an advantage vis-à-vis India in the 14 markets of RCEP and more bilateral agreements in the region than India. On Sunday, 15 countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership…
Cybersecurity Impact
56% of organizations faced a ransomware attack, many paid the ransomHelp Net Security – NewsThere’s a continued proliferation of ransomware, heightened concerns around nation-state actors, and the need for acceleration of both digital and security transformation, a CrowdStrike survey reveals. Proliferation of ransomware leads to…
86% of consumers experience cyber crime amid coronavirus pandemicIT Pro UKCyber criminals are increasingly targeting consumers as online shopping grows in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. According to OpSec’s Annual Consumer Barometer survey, identity theft, credit card fraud or a data breach has hit 86% of…
From fake contact tracing apps to attacks on vaccine makers, COVID-19 will define cyberattacks in 2021, experts say. Here’s how businesses can prepare.ClusterstockSteve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will continue to pose unique threats and vulnerabilities for businesses fending off cyberattacks in the coming year, Kaspersky cybersecurity analysts predict. Cybercriminals…
German COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Vulnerability Allowed RCEThreatpost.comBug hunters at GitHub Security Labs help shore up German contact tracing app security, crediting open source collaboration.
HMRC Records 73% Growth in Email Phishing Attacks During #COVID19Infosecurity – Latest NewsHMRC Records 73% Growth in Email Phishing Attacks During #COVID19 The UK’s HMRC detected a 73% rise in email phishing attacks in the six months that the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country, according to official data obtained following a FOI…
InfoSecHotSpot – Food-Supply Giant Americold Admits Cyberattack A reported ransomware attack took down operations at the company, wh… https://t.co/3NnqRqohOZInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterFood-Supply Giant Americold Admits Cyberattack A reported ransomware attack took down operations at the company, which in talks for COVID-19 vaccine-distribution contracts. https://bit.ly/2IRjJ5w…
InfoSecHotSpot – German COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Vulnerability Allowed RCE Bug hunters at GitHub Security Labs help shore up German… https://t.co/1QjWEdLVzrInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterGerman COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Vulnerability Allowed RCE Bug hunters at GitHub Security Labs help shore up German contact tracing app security, crediting open source collaboration. https://bit.ly/3nAEMb2…
Mobile Phishing Attacks Now Focusing on Malware DeliveryCywareCybercriminals behind mobile phishing attacks have now changed their tactics while targeting pharmaceutical companies. Now, they are more focused on malware delivery instead of credential theft. Additionally, they are looking for critical research…
The Ransomware-as-a-Service PandemicCywareRansomware has become a humongous issue currently, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) groups are on the lookout for partners to split the profits generated from different cyberattacks in different…
cybersecboardrm – German COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Vulnerability Allowed RCE #Cybersecurity #infosec #security https://t.co/NuCBZAA03ccybersecboardrm – TwitterGerman COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Vulnerability Allowed RCE #Cybersecurity #infosec #security https://threatpost.com/german-covid-19-contact-tracing-vulnerability-rce/161419/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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