25 October 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘China on solid path of economic recovery from pandemic shock’ (IANS Live)
  • 578 people die due to Covid-19, 50,129 infections in 24 hours – India (Kuwait News Agency)
  • An uncomfortable question looms for Australia: Are we ready for the third wave? (ABC Online)
  • António Costa wants 80% of electricity produced in Portugal to come from renewable sources in 2030 (JornalEconomico.sapo.pt)
  • Building up Singapore’s stockpiles of food and essential supplies (The Straits Times All News)
  • Coronavirus second wave Lessons India can learn from Europe (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Denmark to Expand Aid to Firms Hit by Coronavirus Restrictions (Bloomberg)
  • Green light for European travellers to Singapore – but only for Germany (The Independent)
  • India has to be careful during festivals as Covid-19 crisis continues: PM (Business Standard India)
  • India’s Covid-19 recoveries soar past 7 million, 4 states account for more than half: Govt (Hindustan Times)
  • India’s festive season spawns fears of renewed coronavirus surge (Arab News)
  • Iran’s supreme leader calls for ‘decisive action’ on COVID-19 (Al Jazeera)
  • Israeli Arabs Protest Against France’s Macron (InsideBusinessOnline.com)
  • Italy reports new daily coronavirus total, further curbs likely (Reuters)
  • Poland: scuffles erupt as thousands protest against abortion ban – video report (The Guardian)
  • Spain PM works on new state of emergency to curb outbreak (Dayton Daily News)
  • Spain edges toward state of alarm as regions request curfew powers (EFE)
  • Swiatek in quarantine after visiting Poland’s president (Mail Online UK)
  • The Observer view on Poland’s draconian abortion ban (The Guardian)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson faces growing revolt over free school meals as minister defends Government position (Telegraph)
  • UK – Britain’s democratic fabric is being eroded by Boris Johnson’s government (The Independent)
  • UK – DR ELLIE CANNON: How Matt Hancock holds us in utter contempt (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak orders officials to publish economic cost of lockdown (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Rocco Forte tells Matt Hancock to quit for his ‘shambolic’ coronavirus strategy (Mail Online UK)
  • US – From coronavirus to race to the economy, Wisconsin is a microcosm of the forces roiling America (Washington Post)
  • US – Kansas state school board on ballots amid COVID-19 scrutiny (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Minnesota is in a fall COVID-19 surge and it could get much worse (TwinCities.com)
  • US – Minnesota legislative candidates have big differences on COVID-19 response (TwinCities.com)
  • US – Ohio’s COVID-19 climb shows no sign of easing (Akron Beacon Journal)
  • US – The public health director for Illinois broke down in tears while announcing a new state record for COVID-19 infections (Business Insider)
  • US – Trump votes early in Florida as Biden warns of COVID-19 ‘dark winter’ (TheAge.com)
  • US – Wisconsin court blocks governors restrictions on indoor public gatherings despite COVID-19 surge (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Wisconsin emerges as one of the worst coronavirus hotspots in the U.S. (CBS News)
  • US – ‘You could be someone else’s grave.’ Idaho Latinos grapple with the brunt of the pandemic (Idaho Statesman)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • AstraZeneca resumes Phase-3 trial in US (Livemint.com)
  • AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson resume coronavirus vaccine trials (MSN Canada)
  • Auto demand isn’t pent-up, has really come back: JSW Steel’s Seshagiri Rao (Business Standard India)
  • Buying from Amazon isn’t a sin (Irish Independent)
  • Coalition accused of ‘ideological wishlisting’ after BHP pulls out of multibillion-dollar project (The Guardian)
  • Daimler chairman reveals why Mercedes-Benz’s future looks electric (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Delta puts 460 passengers on ‘no-fly list’ for refusing to wear masks (New York Post)
  • Father protests in his PANTS at Tesco over Wales ‘non-essential’ items rule (Mail Online UK)
  • Furloughed American Airlines flight attendant contracts coronavirus days after losing health benefits (FOXNews.com)
  • Hong Kong Airlines cautious on expansion in wake of Cathay Dragon shutdown, with focus on Covid-19 survival (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Mahindra First Choice Wheels Opens 50 Dealerships In A Single Day (NDTV)
  • Mattel shares spike as pandemic boosts demand for toys (Irish Independent)
  • Moment furious Tesco shopper yells ‘rip the f***ers off’ as he tears plastic from items in Wales (Mail Online UK)
  • More than 400 people dine on parked Singapore Airlines planes as part of A380 restaurant experience (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Netflix subscription cancellations skyrocket after ‘Cuties’ backlash (New York Post)
  • Oklahoma Walmart Shut Down After Skunk Wanders Into Shoe Department (International Business Times)
  • Petronas gives medical aid worth RM2.5mil to Sabah hospitals (thestar.com.my)
  • Police arson squad investigating after Friday night fire at West Island Walmart (Global News Canada)
  • Potential coronavirus exposure reported on WestJet flight from Toronto to Halifax (Global News Canada)
  • Prashant Kumar, who led YES Bank’s revival braces for Covid-19 impact (Business Standard India)
  • SABIC reports Q3 net profit of SR1.09 billion (Saudi Gazette)
  • Saudi Chemicals Maker Sabic Returns to Profit as Demand Recovers (Bloomberg)
  • Tata Motors reaches milestone of producing 4 mn passenger vehicles (Business Standard India)
  • To find a covid vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline is bonding with its biggest competitors (Livemint.com)
  • Travel-starved ‘passengers’ dine on parked Singapore Airlines jet (Epicos.com)
  • UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients (Tacoma News Tribune)
  • Yes Bank lacked cost control; aim to cut op expenses by 20 pc in FY21: CEO Kumar (Outlook India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • ‘Coronavirus vaccine in weeks’ for NHS workers (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • A COVID-19 vaccine is coming. Let’s not fumble it (Los Angeles Times)
  • BAME communities urged to volunteer for Covid-19 vaccine trials (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • COVID-19 vaccine could be more than a year away for Australians (Mail Online UK)
  • COVID-19 vaccine in Australia could be more than a year away (Mail Online UK)
  • COVID-19 vaccine won’t be ready in weeks, nor mandatory (USA Today)
  • Diagnosis of COVID-19 by analysis of breath with gas chromatography-ion mobility spectrometry – a feasibility study (Lancet)
  • Fauci suggested a face mask mandate and warned that the general public might not get a COVID-19 vaccine until mid-2021 (Business Insider)
  • GlaxoSmithKline and rival drug makers are bonding over a shared enemy: Covid-19 https://t.co/4m3qrZFLNK (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Half of Americans have confidence in a Covid-19 vaccine – but Trump’s endorsement shakes their trust (The Independent)
  • How did Merck, a global leader in vaccines, fall so far behind in the race to make one for Covid-19? https://t.co/4VdTLg9pls (WSJ – Twitter)
Societal & Economic Impact
Arrests at London anti-lockdown protestBBCimage captionPolice clashed with some protesters as they tried to disperse the crowds Eighteen people have been arrested at a protest in central London over coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Delhi pollution: Is your cough because of a COVID-19 or pollution? Here’s how you can find outTimes of IndiaWhile the only real way to confirm if you have COVID-19 is to get a diagnostic test done (RT-PCR/ Antigen), another way to distinguish your symptoms from that of the virus infection that's currently raging across the world is tracking the symptoms….
Dubai announces $136 mln economic stimulus package amid coronavirus pandemicAl ArabiyaDubai has announced a new economic stimulus package worth $136 mln (AED 500 million) to support various business sectors, according to an announcement by the emirate’s crown prince. The newly announced package now brings the total value of stimulus…
Govt may extend social safety net till March under stimulus 3.0Livemint.comThe Centre announced PMGKY in March as safeguard measures against the coronavirus pandemic, initially for three months till June and later extended it for another five months till November NEW DELHI: The central government is likely to extend cash and…
Italy protesters, police clash over virusGlobal TimesNew waves in Europe witness public pushback amid fresh restrictions Italian police officers clash with far-right activists during a protest against the government restriction measures to curb COVID-19 in Rome, Italy on Saturday. Photo: AFP Italian…
Political activist favours proclamation of state of emergency to fight Covid-19Borneo Post OnlineVoon Shiak Ni KUCHING (Oct 25): Political activist Voon Shiak Ni is in favour of a proclamation of state of emergency to temporarily suspend political activities as the country continues to fight Covid-19. In a statement today, she said such…
Second stimulus check updates: Pelosi, Mnuchin trade blame as likelihood for COVID-19 stimulus is ‘very, very slim’Orlando SentinelWith the talks slogging on, the Republican-controlled Senate is set to leave town on Monday after voting on confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. The House, where Democrats have the majority, is already out. Though members…
The ’90 per cent economy’ – post-pandemic, it will never be the sameMelbourne Age— 11.01pm When nations across the globe went into pandemic lockdowns earlier this year The Economist newspaper coined the term “90 per cent economy" to describe what would be left once restrictions were lifted. Australia has dealt with the health…
Thousands protest Covid curbs in capital including Piers CorbynMail Online UKProtesters refused to wear masks and wielded signs demanding an end to restrictions on personal freedom One banner being wielded by Oxford Street protester read: 'Martial law coming, think it's still about health?' Among protesters was Jeremy…
Time to Reset Expectations for World Economy With Virus UntamedBloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — Investors banking on a coronavirus vaccine to save the world economy in 2021 need to temper their ambitions as scientists increasingly warn of a long and difficult road ahead.
Geopolitical Impact
India must overcome China syndrome, embrace QUAD | AnalysisHindustan TimesOn October 27, India and the US will sign the Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement (BECA),the last of the four foundational military agreements which allows both countries to share geo-spatial data. The signing is a culmination of 13 years of…
India should be bigger than China in power and scope: BhagwatLivemint.comThe government should forge an alliance against China with immediate neighbours like Nepal, he said Bhagwat said before the pandemic, several issues which were in the public discourse took a backseat Speaking at the Sangh's annual Vijayadashami rally,…
India wants end to border row with China but will not cede land: RajnathBusiness Standard IndiaThe defence minister made the remarks after performing "Shastra Puja" — the customary worship of weapons — at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army''s 33 Corp Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said India wants an end to the border…
Quarantine to be cut to seven days – but businessmen ‘exempt in push for global trade’Mail Online UKCoronavirus quarantine could be slashed to just seven days amid fears Britons are flouting the tough 14-day requirement. The government's Covid-19 taskforce is understood to be considering slashing self-isolation for those who come into contact with…
Trump promised to win the trade war with China. He failedCNNHong Kong (CNN Business)US President Donald Trump started a trade war with China to fix what he's repeatedly blasted as an unfair relationship between the world's two largest economies. China expected to be the only major economy to grow in 2020 But…
U.S. economist: China on “solid path of economic recovery”CNC WorldCNC Added On October 24, 2020 STEPHEN ROACH, Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs "The third quarter GDP was encouraging, which does show that China is on a solid path of economic recovery following the COVID-19 shock…
Cybersecurity Impact
Address bar flaw and big rise in spear-phishing shows why better defences are needed against Covid-19 cyber attacksSouth China Morning PostCoronavirus-themed malicious emails and fraudulent websites are tapping new trends in online shopping and remote work The previously undiscovered flaw potentially allows attackers to host malicious websites imitating legitimate services
CyberScoopNews – How the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research https://t.co/BcREZAuERQ by… https://t.co/vpJjNQpNdTCyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the government is keeping hackers from disrupting coronavirus vaccine research https://hubs.ly/H0yvLkV0 by @shanvav https://twitter.com/CyberScoopNews/status/1320025004050874369/photo/1
CyberScoopNews – Lawyer for alleged Methbot scammer refuses to visit jail over coronavirus concerns https://t.co/gcvA4DJBM7 by @jeffstone500CyberScoopNews – TwitterLawyer for alleged Methbot scammer refuses to visit jail over coronavirus concerns https://hubs.ly/H0yvGZ20 by @jeffstone500
CyberScoopNews – What the FBI did to make headway against COVID-19 research hackers https://t.co/NrCFiBtAh5 by @timstarksCyberScoopNews – TwitterWhat the FBI did to make headway against COVID-19 research hackers https://hubs.ly/H0yvGZ60 by @timstarks
InfoSecHotSpot – Rapid Threat Evolution Spurs Crucial Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Improving healthcare cybersecurity is paramount… https://t.co/C8ynnS5YV8InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterRapid Threat Evolution Spurs Crucial Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Improving healthcare cybersecurity is paramount as COVID-19 has spurred a rapid evolution in ransomware and targeted phishing campaigns, posing serious cyber risks to health IT…
InfoSecHotSpot – Rapid Threat Evolution Spurs Crucial Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Improving healthcare cybersecurity is paramount… https://t.co/CPQMWN0vAWInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterRapid Threat Evolution Spurs Crucial Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Improving healthcare cybersecurity is paramount as COVID-19 has spurred a rapid evolution in ransomware and targeted phishing campaigns, posing serious cyber risks to health IT…
InfoSecHotSpot – Rapid Threat Evolution Spurs Crucial Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Improving healthcare cybersecurity is paramount… https://t.co/k9kk6cmTAgInfoSecHotSpot – TwitterRapid Threat Evolution Spurs Crucial Healthcare Cybersecurity Needs Improving healthcare cybersecurity is paramount as COVID-19 has spurred a rapid evolution in ransomware and targeted phishing campaigns, posing serious cyber risks to health IT…
Secnewsbytes – Agile Threat Actors Pivot from COVID-19 to Voter Registration Themes in Phishing Lures | Proofpoint US https://t.co/v9I9IOaykDSecnewsbytes – TwitterAgile Threat Actors Pivot from COVID-19 to Voter Registration Themes in Phishing Lures | Proofpoint US https://www.proofpoint.com/us/blog/threat-insight/agile-threat-actors-pivot-covid-19-voter-registration-themes-phishing-lures
UN report exposes women’s vulnerability to economic shocks amid COVID-19 pandemicJakarta PostA new report by UN Women reveals how COVID-19 exposes women's vulnerability to economic shocks and deepens inequality that has existed in Indonesia since before the pandemic, which is likely to reverse progress in achieving the Sustainable…
Umno’s Nazri Aziz pledges parliamentary support for Muhyiddin to avert ‘dictatorship through the backdoor’Malay MailNazri is the latest in a growing chorus of Umno leaders who have voiced opposition to the move, echoing criticism that emergency rule would have grave ramifications . — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Former minister Datuk Seri Nazri…

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