21 November 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘Covid pandemic worsening rapidly in Canada’ (IANS Live)
  • Austria’s breathtaking Salzkammergut in Autumn (Deutsche Welle)
  • Canada must reduce contacts to ‘only essential activities’ to stop 2nd wave (Global News Canada)
  • China Promotes Study Claiming Coronavirus Found in Italy Before Wuhan (NewsMax.com)
  • China suggests Italy may be the birthplace of COVID-19 pandemic (New York Post)
  • Coronavirus pandemic in France: Young people’s morale low, concerns for mental health (France24)
  • Coronavirus pandemic in Japan brings some married couples closer: survey (Mainichi JP)
  • France’s second wave of the coronavirus may have already reached its peak (France24)
  • Mexico grapples with second wave of Covid-19 officials say (CNN)
  • Overflowing wards and oxygen shortages: Italy’s south struggles with coronavirus spike (Telegraph)
  • Pandemic positive: 20% of Japan’s married couples say relationships have improved (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Poland’s blind battle against the coronavirus (Politico.eu)
  • Russia coronavirus update: 24,318 fresh Covid-19 infections reported (Business Standard India)
  • Second wave stalks Pakistan as coronavirus infections soar (Telegraph)
  • South Korea medical groups urge stricter Covid-19 steps as 3rd wave continues (The Straits Times All News)
  • Spain touts mass vaccine plan, sees light at tunnel’s end (France24)
  • Sweden now has a higher Covid-19 infection rate than France or Britain after shunning lockdowns (Mail Online UK)
  • Switzerland to start new Covid testing campaign (Swiss Info)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The state of Canada’s long-term care in the second wave (Global News Canada)
  • UK – Boris Johnson to urge Trump and other G20 leaders to do more to fight coronavirus and climate change (The Independent)
  • UK – Coronavirus Vaccinations Could Begin ‘Next Month’, Announces Matt Hancock (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • UK – Matt Hancock confirms free flu vaccines to be offered to all over 50’s (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Matt Hancock: if approved, Covid-19 vaccine could be unveiled next month – video (The Guardian)
  • UK – UK MPs press Rishi Sunak for answers on health care procurement problems (Politico.eu)
  • US – Another $120 million in grants will go to Wisconsin small businesses during the pandemic (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • US – Arizona mayors call for state mask mandate, communication from governor to slow COVID-19 (AZCentral.com)
  • US – Arkansas COVID-19 Hospitalizations Climb to New High (US News & World Report)
  • US – CDC Director: Schools Are Safe Places for Kids During Pandemic (NewsMax.com)
  • US – CDC: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Linked to 86 COVID-19 Cases in Minnesota (NewsMax.com)
  • US – California has new nighttime rules to deal with COVID-19 (Deseret News)
  • US – California pub tries to keep calm, carry on with virus rules (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Connecticut Governor on Covid-19 Surge, State Economy (Bloomberg)
  • US – Coronavirus is ‘not on a break’ during election result challenges: Arkansas governor (FOX Business – Video)
  • US – FRIDAY, NOV. 20: Five things to know about covid-19 in Arkansas (Arkansas Online)
  • US – Florida’s Sen. Scott has coronavirus, ‘very mild symptoms’ (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Indiana sees more COVID-19 patients in ICUs than ever before (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • US – Metro health leaders wary but optimistic over pandemic (Albuquerque Journal)
  • US – Nearly 3,500 federal employees will receive compensation from the US government for contracting COVID-19 at work (Business Insider)
  • US – U.S. Senate leader McConnell seeks to ‘repurpose’ expiring Fed lending for coronavirus (NationalPost.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Boris Johnson to urge Trump and other G20 leaders to do more to fight coronavirus and climate changeThe Independent‘Our fates are in each other’s hands,’  PM to say Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Boris Johnson is to urge Donald Trump and other G20 leaders to do more to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and tackle climate…
Greater Manchester is still planning to take control of the bus network despite the Covid-19 pandemicManchester Evening NewsLeaders say reform is now needed 'more than ever' given the impact of the pandemic on public transport Greater Manchester is still planning to push ahead with taking control of the bus network despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Leaders say their reforms,…
JPMorgan: Economy will shrink in first quarter due to COVID-19 spikeThe HillThe U.S. economy is set to shrink in the first quarter of 2021 as a result of the out-of-control spread of COVID-19, which is forcing state and local governments to reimpose restrictions, according to an analysis by JPMorgan. “This winter will be…
Pink dolphins staying longer in Hong Kong waters, a sign of falling pollution levels during Covid-19South China Morning PostGreen groups warn pollution will return unless city does more to change harmful behaviours Volunteers who clean beaches find more Covid-19 trash, including used masks, plastic cutlery
Protection of lives, economy from pandemic blues ‘top KSA priority’Arab NewsSaudi Arabia is determined to work with global partners to beat COVID-19, says foreign minister The Kingdom showed exceptional G20 leadership as it helped tackle COVID-19 He said G20 energy ministers endorsed the Circular Carbon Economy (CCE) approach
To contain the coronavirus and protect the economy, increase quarantine days for high-risk arrivalsSouth China Morning PostGiven that people can test positive for the virus after 14 days, arrivals from high-risk locations should undergo a 21-day quarantine and be tested again after 28 days. This would be cheaper than requiring restaurants to operate at 50 per cent…
Treasury wants to end pandemic loan programs — and the Fed isn’t happyNew York PostThe Trump administration plans to pull the plug on five loan programs that supported the economy during the coronavirus crisis — prompting a rare objection from the Federal Reserve. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department won’t renew the…
Violence against children rampant at home during COVID-19, survey showsJakarta PostMany children have experienced physical or psychological abuse at home during the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Child Protection Agency (KPAI). During the 30 th anniversary of the…
What we know – and don’t know – about suicide in the pandemicNew StatesmanAlthough data does not yet show Covid-19 triggering more suicides in the UK, action is needed to tackle a longer-term crisis in mental health and rise in suicide rates. In June, during England’s original lockdown, a stat began flying around social…
Geopolitical Impact
Coons says hopes for bipartisan U.S. policy to ‘out-compete’ ChinaYahoo! IndiaBy Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic Senator Chris Coons, who is seen as a contender for secretary of state in the incoming Biden administration, told Reuters on Friday he hoped to see a bipartisan policy on China that would…
How China won and US lost the trade warAsia Times OnlineSINGAPORE – Signed and sealed in a video conference ceremony, the world’s largest free trade bloc was forged on November 15 in a show of collective defiance against protectionism that sets the stage for China to supplant the United States as the…
Lincoln President: ‘We’ve Seen a Nice Recovery’ In the U.S. and ChinaTheStreet.comLincoln has revealed its 2021 Nautilus. Lincoln's sales were up 2.8% year-over-year in the United States. Joy Falotico, president of Lincoln Motor Company, joined TheStreet to talk about the launch of the new Nautiicus and how Lincoln is faring during…
Message sent to China: US House of Representative passes two resolutions on Hong Kong, TibetIndia BloomsWashignton: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said the United States House of Representatives has passed two resolutions condemning China’s actions in Tibet and Hong Kong. Polesi said a strong message was sent to China with the move made by the…
Singapore to require air travel bubble passengers from China’s Hong Kong to take on-arrival testXinhua News AgencySINGAPORE, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) — The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced on Saturday that all arriving passengers from China's Hong Kong under the Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) will be required to take an on-arrival…
Terror flow across Durand Line should stop: India slams Pakistan for destabilising Afghanistanzeenews.comNew Delhi: In a strong statement India has slammed Pakistan at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for destabilising Afghanistan, saying, "terror flow across Durand Line should stop". Durand Line is the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan….
US environmental chief to visit Taiwan as China cracks down in Hong KongNew York PostTensions between the United States and China are continuing to escalate with the U.S. in the talks to visit Taiwan next month as China ramps up its encroachment in Hong Kong. The New York Times reported Friday that Environmental Protection…
Cybersecurity Impact
5 takeaways from the 2020 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce StudyWe Live Security » Languages » EnglishFrom the impact of the pandemic on cybersecurity careers to workers’ job satisfaction, the report offers a number of interesting findings The post …
COVID-19 exposed Kenya’s debt vulnerability though measures helped – IMFReutersBy 3 Min Read NAIROBI, Nov 21 (Reuters) – COVID-19 has exposed Kenya’s debt vulnerabilities though official measures including monetary policy easing have helped shield the economy from the impact of the pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)…
CyberCrime – W/E – 11/20/20Tech-Wreck InfoSec Blog  BlackBerry Researchers Uncover Hacker-for-Hire Effort (11/17/2020) For six months, BlackBerry Research and Intelligence has been monitoring a cyber-espionage…
Irish start-up Glofox investigates possible data breachIrish TimesSome gyms that use the Glofox platform warn members of security incident Irish gym management software company Glofox is investigating reports of a recent data breach in which users’ personal details may have been compromised. The start-up is one of a…
No silver bullet: COVID-19 sparks permanent shifts in cybersecuritySiliconANGLEAs we’ve reported extensively, the pandemic has affected cybersecurity markets perhaps more than any other in technology. Remote work has caused chief information security officers to shift spending priorities toward identity access management,…
The Cybersecurity 202: Conspiracy theories are all that’s left in Trump’s effort to overturn the electionWashington Postwith Tonya Riley The Trump campaign’s latest effort to overturn the election results pits the allure of conspiracy theories against years of efforts to create the most secure and auditable election in U.S. history. Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Jenna…
UK unveils National Cyber Force to tackle online threatsThe IndependentThe force will target hostile states, terrorist groups,  organised crime networks and international paedophile rings Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile Britain has set up its long awaited National Cyber Force…
cybersecboardrm – Peters criticizes Trump for not taking action after cyberattacks on hospitals, COVID-19 researchers #CyberAttack https://t.co/9H5NjvqLEVcybersecboardrm – TwitterPeters criticizes Trump for not taking action after cyberattacks on hospitals, COVID-19 researchers #CyberAttack https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/526919-peters-criticizes-trump-for-not-taking-action-after-cyberattacks-on
nicoleperlroth – RT @chetwisniewski: I can just see @C_C_Krebs next job interview. Interviewer: Qualifications? I defended the 2020 election against tamper…nicoleperlroth – TwitterRT @chetwisniewski: I can just see @C_C_Krebs next job interview. Interviewer: Qualifications? I defended the 2020 election against tampering from Iran, Russia and POTUS. In between I tried to defend hospitals against ransomware in a pandemic….
‘Opportunistic’ cybercriminals increasing efforts to prey on online shoppersGoldCoastBulletin.com.auTech Guide Editor Stephen Fenech says “opportunistic” cybercriminals will ramp up their efforts as online shopping booms during COVID-19 and huge sales kick off the Christmas period.

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