28 September 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘False optimism’ over Lancet warns India (Gulf News)
  • Back-to-School Season in Italy (New York Times)
  • Childcare centers reopen as strict COVID-19 restrictions eased in Australia’s hardest-hit state (Global Times)
  • China can’t reopen while Covid-19 mortality rate remains so high, expert says (South China Morning Post)
  • Concerns mount as Iran gripped by third major COVID-19 wave (Al Jazeera)
  • Gauging Canada’s preparedness for a COVID-19 resurgence (MSN Canada)
  • Germany Has Its Own Dr. Fauci—and Actually Follows His Advice (Bloomberg)
  • Germany names hydrogen the hero of its post-coal future (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • How coronavirus brought Spain’s health care system to its knees (Deutsche Welle)
  • India records a new coronavirus milestone. And experts worry it will only get worse (ABC Online)
  • Merkel: Coronavirus infections could hit 19,200 a day in Germany – Bild (Mail Online UK)
  • Mexico Definitive COVID-19 Toll Will Take 2 Years (News18.com)
  • More malls to open in Malaysia amid Covid-19 pandemic and retail glut (The Straits Times All News)
  • Poland’s Plan To Phase Out Coal Mines, Opens The Door For Solar Energy Projects (International Business Times)
  • Since reunification, Germany has had its best 30 years. The next 30 will be harder (The Guardian)
  • Some countries are eying Sweden’s ‘light-touch’ Covid response. It’s a gamble that could backfire (CNN)
  • Spotlight: Online therapy helps cope with COVID-19 in Turkey (Guanming Daily 光明网)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sept. 28 (NationalPost.com)
  • Thousands of Spain flags pay tribute to virus victims (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Trainee teacher stranded in Italy after testing positive for Covid-19 six times (itv.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson only has himself to blame over the latest parliamentary rebellion (The Independent)
  • UK – Business leaders urge UK government to avoid no-deal Brexit (The Guardian)
  • UK – Can Tory rebels defeat Boris Johnson in vote on ‘draconian’ coronavirus laws? (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Labour accuses Rishi Sunak of consigning 1m jobs ‘to the scrapheap’ (The Guardian)
  • UK – Third wave of virus ‘entirely possible’, says Scottish Government advisor (Herald Scotland)
  • US – Coronavirus state tracker: Where every California county is in the state tier system (Los Angeles Daily News)
  • US – Florida coronavirus infections top 700,000 as state reopens bars, restaurants (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – For third consecutive day, Missouri reports record numbers of COVID-19 patients (STLtoday.com)
  • US – Man, 41, is jailed for a year after hosting two huge parties in Maryland despite COVID-19 orders (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Maryland man sentenced to year in jail after hosting multiple parties in defiance of coronavirus rules (FOXNews.com)
  • US – New York State COVID-19 infection rate above 1%, Gov. Cuomo says (Newsday)
  • US – South Carolina mom dies of COVID-19 three weeks after her daughter (New York Post)
  • US – US polls: Pandemic overwhelms Trump’s message in critical North Carolina (Business Standard India)
  • US – Virus tally in Arkansas moves past 80,000 (Arkansas Online)
  • US – Yes, Utah’s COVID-19 mortality rate is low — but other data is frightening (Deseret News)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • AT&T extends home Internet fee waiver set to expire Oct. 1 (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Aldi looks at online move as shopping habits change (BBC News – Business)
  • Amazon Primed to take share of pre-Christmas spend (Australian Financial Review)
  • Amazon’s Pandemic-Delayed Prime Day Will Start Oct. 13 (Bloomberg)
  • BPOM to visit Sinovac’s facility in Beijing as part of COVID-19 vaccine quality control (Jakarta Post)
  • COVID-19 vaccine distribution will put FedEx’s ‘cold chain’ to the test (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
  • Capgemini is making new strides to help communities in Covid crisis & save environment (Economic Times)
  • Case to extradite Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to US resumes (The Guardian)
  • Cathay Pacific restructuring will target noncore businesses and job cuts loom in bid to survive pandemic, CEO hints (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Centre to contest Vodafone arbitration award; reach out to global funds (Business Standard India)
  • Coronavirus woes: Australia’s Qantas 8 weeks away from running out of money (Business Standard India)
  • Deutsche Bank Bucks Wall Street Trend, Makes ‘Working From Home’ Permanent (Zero Hedge)
  • Diageo Says Alcohol Sales Improving as Bars, Restaurants Reopen (Bloomberg)
  • Escorts hits new high as Co starts commercial production of Kubota tractors (Business Standard India)
  • Eskom: We are making progress in overcoming the challenges (News24)
  • Future of work will be hybrid: Microsoft (Indian Express)
  • Google Meet to reduce meetings to 60 mins on free versions (Business Today India)
  • Google to block political ads from November 3, at least till vote count is complete (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Google’s Hybrid Work Model: More People To Work From Home Even After COVID-19 End (Indiatimes)
  • Here is how Airtel, TCS and Asian Paints continue to win consumer trust despite challenging times (Business Insider India)
  • How Unilever s army of Soapmakers became Hopemakers in our fight against COVID-19 (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Imperial Brands agrees to delay sale of premium cigar businesses until 29 October amid Covid-19 challenges (Shares Magazine)
  • Important news for students, employees working from home: Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans (DNA India)
  • Kioxia postpones USD 16 bln IPO amid pandemic, Huawei woes (Telecompaper)
  • M&S brings back its ‘shwopping’ clothes recycling scheme (The Guardian)
  • New measures you’ll notice when you next visit Tesco, Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons & Lidl (Liverpool Echo)
  • Oil prices likely to stay in the low $40 range in Q4: Emirates NBD (CNBC)
  • Qantas eight weeks away from running out of money at height of COVID-19 pandemic, court told (ABC Online)
  • SoftBank Brings Food Service Robot To Labour-strapped Japan (News18.com)
  • Spirits maker Diageo says U.S. business ahead of expectations (Reuters India)
  • Sun Pharma closes share buyback offer period; stock jumps 5% (Business Standard India)
  • Transnet will find that prices are determined by buyers not sellers – Geoff Jacobs (Politicsweb)
  • We are a network of networks, says Visa Group’s T R Ramachandran (Business Standard India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Blood banks are looking for people who recovered from Covid-19, have high levels of antibodies against the disease… https://t.co/1yuPuZxqBp (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Blood banks are looking for people who recovered from Covid-19, have high levels of antibodies against the disease… https://t.co/92PfWvtMJP (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Blood banks are looking for people who recovered from Covid-19, have high levels of antibodies against the disease… https://t.co/VMhkqbtsf6 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • COVID-19 mutations no problem for vaccine candidates, experts say (FirstWord Pharma)
  • COVID-19 vaccine likely to be free for the poor (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Clover Biopharma’s new trimeric subunit vaccine candidate prevents COVID-19 in monkeys (News-Medical.Net)
  • Fewer than 10% in the US have antibodies to the novel coronavirus (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Human recombinant soluble ACE2 successfully used in a patient with severe COVID-19 (News-Medical.Net)
  • Seniors the optimal target for SARS-CoV-2 vaccination (News-Medical.Net)
  • Vaccine trial to recruit 350 NI volunteers (BBC)
Societal & Economic Impact
Disease detectives: A look at Alberta’s COVID-19 contact-tracing processEdmontonJournal.comSitting at her kitchen-table-turned-office-desk, Angela Jacobs is on the hunt for a known potential killer….
How to grow an economy after a pandemicAustralian Financial ReviewRBC Capital Markets' chief economist, Su-Lin Ong, is calling for policymakers to shift from an emergency mindset to recovery mode, now the worst of the pandemic appears to be over. Declining cases in Victoria, which reported just 16 new infections on…
Many in Japan receiving coronavirus subsidies illegallyNews On JapanCases of fraudulent receipts of subsidies designed to support small businesses and self-employed people hit hard by the pandemic are increasingly being found across Japan. (Japan Times)
Military suicides up 20% this year as the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest add stress to an already strained forceOrlando SentinelCivilian suicide rates have risen in recent years, but 2020 data isn’t available, so it’s difficult to compare with the military. A Pentagon report on 2018 suicides said the military rate was roughly equivalent to that of the U.S. general population,…
Pelosi says another Covid-19 stimulus plan still possibleIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive Washington, Sep 28 (IANS) US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that another Covid-19 stimulus plan was still possible as Democrat lawmakers were trying to forge ahead on a smaller aid package worth about $2.4 trillion. To…
Police arrest four people for breaching coronavirus rules at anti-lockdown protestYahoo! Finance UK and IrelandFour people were arrested for breaching coronavirus regulations after an anti-lockdown protest in Newcastle. Northumbria Police said the arrests took place after a planned protest at Grey’s Monument in the city on Saturday. They included one woman aged…
Protesters take to streets in Madrid before partial coronavirus lockdown is extendedSouth China Morning Post – NewsProtesters hit the streets of Madrid against virus restrictions on Sunday, a day before a partial lockdown is extended to more areas of Spain’s capital region try to curb a surge in coronavirus cases.The city and its surrounding region is at the…
UK’s tighter Covid-19 restrictions may keep economy depressedBusiness Times SingaporeThey may negate impact of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's new job support scheme and unemployment may continue to rise London THE Bank of England (BOE) is expected to boost the supply of money further to supplement UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak's new measures to…
UP CM asks officials to intensify surveillance, contact tracingBusiness Standard IndiaTo keep the Covid-19 positivity rate below five per cent and the death rate below one per cent in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath directed officials to intensify surveillance To keep the COVID-19 positivity rate below five per cent and the death rate…
Unemployment rates recovering as Malaysia reopens economy amid Covid-19 pandemicThe Straits Times All NewsSeptember 28, 2020 12:55 PM KUALA LUMPUR – At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in April, car salesman Muhammad Nasrul Musa lost everything he had – his job, his savings and even his car.
Geopolitical Impact
Beijing using militarised outposts in South China Sea as platforms of coercion: USOutlook IndiaBy Lalit K Jha Washington, Sep 28 (PTI) China is using its militarised outposts in the South China Sea as platforms of coercion to assert control over waters it has no lawful claim over, the United States has said, demanding President Xi Jinping to…
Cat que virus from China has potential to cause disease in India: ICMRLivemint.comScientists have found antibodies for the virus in two of the 883 human serum samples tested from across states in India, indicating that the persons had at some point of time contracted the infection NEW DELHI: Even as India grapples with the SARS…
China is inching toward another trade warFortuneAustralia’s relationship with its largest trading partner is in rapid decline. Over the course of this summer—or winter, to Canberra—Beijing has imposed 80% tariffs on Australian barley, launched anti-dumping investigations into Australian wine,…
Chinese peacekeepers to Lebanon participate in UN cleanup, reconstruction mission after Beirut’s blastsXinhua News AgencyBEIRUT, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) — The first batch of 20 Chinese peacekeepers to Lebanon arrived in Beirut on Sunday for the UN mission to clean up and reconstruct the Lebanese capital after huge explosions swept through its port in early August. The second…
Coronavirus updates: Vaccine race mired in geopolitics, global death toll crosses 1 millionTheWeekUS, Russia and China are at loggerheads, and this could have serious implications A few days back, US President Donald Trump tweeted a link to a news article on a Johnson & Johnson vaccine study; "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must move…
Dramas focus on pandemic warfareShenzhen DailyStudents from a school in Yantian District perform at the second Shenzhen Popular Science Drama Competition yesterday. The competition, part of the seventh Shenzhen Youth Science and Art Festival, was held Saturday and yesterday at Shenzhen…
Hong Kong, China stocks rise on bright August economic data and progress over US stimulus packageSouth China Morning PostBut a resurgence of coronavirus cases in Europe clouds market sentiment, with reports pointing to an impending social lockdown in the UK China’s largest chip maker SMIC plunges on reports of US sanctions
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien: After Hong Kong, China will target Taiwan nextWashington TimesEXCLUSIVE China’s recent takeover of Hong Kong is raising fears Taiwan is the next target in Beijing’s aggressive push for regional control, said White House National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien. China’s buildup of military forces for over a…
Pakistan Delisted 4,000 Terrorists in Shadow of Covid-19, Has Changed PoK Demography: India Tells UNNews18.comIndia also said Pakistan stifles the voice of minorities and the Ahmadis remain the most persecuted community in Pakistan under the aegis of the so-called Constitution of Pakistan. India on Monday accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists and changing…
S. Korea calls for joint probe into killing of official by N. Korea; US soldiers in Seoul down with Covid-19thestar.com.mySEOUL, Sept 28 (Reuters): South Korea on Monday expanded the search for a missing fisheries official killed by North Korean troops at sea last week, a day after North Korea accused the South of raising tension by intruding into its territorial…
Cybersecurity Impact
CyberScoopNews – How COVID-19 changed Cyber Command’s “Cyber Flag” exercise https://t.co/qCnnRe5wlT https://t.co/RruyPpjiNVCyberScoopNews – TwitterHow COVID-19 changed Cyber Command's "Cyber Flag" exercise https://hubs.ly/H0w_9p_0 https://twitter.com/CyberScoopNews/status/1310408390305292290/photo/1
Get 80% OFF Ignite 2020 Cyber Tickets starting 28 SeptemberPhilippine Daily InquirerIGNITE PH, the largest international innovation conference in the country today, will hold its first virtual event ‘IGNITE 2020 Cyber’ this October and has announced an ongoing flash sale. Starting September 28, IGNITE PH will give a 80% discount off…
Hackers Have Infiltrated Many of Washington State’s AgenciesBloombergGovernor had warned that state was target of phishing campaign Timing of attack furthers concerns about election stability Hackers have launched a sprawling, multifaceted cyber-attack against the state of Washington, according to two people familiar…
Meet unicorn cybersecurity startup KnowBe4, which has a trickster CEO, a legendary felon as its ‘chief hacking officer,’ and a rumored IPO on the horizonClusterstockKnowBe4 CEO Stu Sjouwerman KnowBe4 Unicorn cybersecurity startup KnowBe4 is reportedly preparing for an IPO. The company sells cybersecurity training and tries to trick its customers' employees into clicking on fake emails and phony social media…
Microsoft Says China-Linked Hackers Abused Azure in AttacksSecurity WeekMicrosoft Reports Evolution of China-Linked Threat Actor GADOLINIUM Microsoft this week announced that it recently removed 18 Azure Active Directory applications that were being abused by China-linked state-sponsored threat actor GADOLINIUM. Also known…
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