29 September 2020

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Actions by Governments
  • A potentially overlooked factor in Sweden’s coronavirus strategy: more than half of households consist of just 1 person (Business Insider)
  • After a brutal first wave, Italy stands out as one of the Europe’s best performers (Brisbane Times)
  • COVID-19 India Spread Trend – 20 July (Indiatimes)
  • China hails SA’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic (IOL)
  • Coronavirus lockdown in Spain’s capital affects about a million people (CBS News)
  • Ex-Southland woman stays in India amidst high Covid-19 levels (stuff.co.nz)
  • Exact date Australia’s borders will reopen to New Zealand revealed (New Zealand Herald)
  • Fewer infections lead Japan to study relaxing cinema eating rule (News On Japan)
  • Germany’s debt hits record high due to fiscal splurge in pandemic (Reuters UK)
  • How ready is Germany for the winter coronavirus wave? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Indonesia ropes in journalists to combat COVID-19 pandemic (Antara News)
  • Italy ready to help France, Spain – Di Maio (ansa.it)
  • Japan’s land prices drop for first time in three years as coronavirus hurts demand (Yahoo! Singapore)
  • New rules in Netherlands to cope with virus surge (BBC)
  • Norways NHO business lobby sees sluggish recovery from pandemic (Reuters UK)
  • Portugal donates laptops, COVID-19 essentials to education (SAnews.gov.za)
  • Thailand to slowly restart tourism with flight from China (The Straits Times All News)
  • The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sept. 29 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Matt Hancock to hold talks with Tory rebels over coronavirus laws (Shropshire Star)
  • UK – Matt Hancock: ‘We must balance freedom and safety’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Mixing households to be banned in north east England, Matt Hancock says (The Independent)
  • UK – UK government moves to defuse row with lawmakers over coronavirus measures (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – UK government pledges to work with parliament on COVID-19 plan (NationalPost.com)
  • US – CDC says COVID-19 has been detected in adolescents twice as often as in younger children (Boston Globe)
  • US – CDC suggests guidelines for a safe Thanksgiving amid the pandemic (Newsday)
  • US – CDC was pushed to play down the risks of Covid-19 in reopening schools, former Pence staffer says (CNN)
  • US – Coronavirus rates among teens nearly ‘double’ compared with children: CDC study (CNBC)
  • US – Fauci Calls Florida’s COVID Reopening ‘Very Concerning’ (NewsMax.com)
  • US – Florida eateries packed after coronavirus restrictions lifted (CNN)
  • US – Health officials count 90 new coronavirus infections in Hawaii (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Maryland Man Sentenced After Holding Large Parties During Covid Pandemic (NYT.com U.S.)
  • US – Michigan officials: Blacks contracting, dying of virus at same rate as whites (Detroit News)
  • US – Missouri panel restarts housing tax credit dropped in 2017 (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Sick of your own four walls? These people have become digital nomads during the pandemic, working remotely from Haw… https://t.co/IkWbLhYybZ (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Texas manufacturing recovery continues despite pandemic (Austin American Statesman)
  • US – The Latest: Experts say 3rd wave of infections hitting Idaho (Richmond.com)
  • US – Trump will talk about the coronavirus today, and Harris speaks in North Carolina. (NYT.com U.S.)
  • US – US teens are twice as likely to catch coronavirus as younger kids, CDC finds (Mail Online UK)
  • Virus surges in France, Marseille fights against closures (France24)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
‘Homelessness was ended in three days’BBCWhen the Coronavirus pandemic hit London in March Newham Council ended homelessness "in three days," says charity worker Lorraine Tabone. Lorraine Tabone and her team of volunteers have been feeding homeless people in east London for five years. Newham…
Conservative activists arrested over rallies blamed for coronavirus spikesYonhap News AgencySEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) — A court on Monday issued arrest warrants for two conservative activists who organized anti-government protests last month that led to more than 600 new coronavirus infections. The Seoul Central District Court issued the…
Contact tracing no longer viable as pandemic rages on, say expertsEconomic TimesMumbai: With Covid-19 cases continuing to rise in Maharashtra and elsewhere in the country, bureaucrats and experts are questioning the viability of contact tracing, especially in areas where there is a high prevalence of infection, and calling for a…
House Democrats release new $3 trillion US stimulus proposalThe Straits Times All NewsSeptember 29, 2020 7:56 AM WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – House Democrats released a scaled back US$2.2 trillion (S$3.02 trillion) proposal to extend support to the US economy in face of the continuing damage from the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan’s 4th Celeb Suicide in Covid-19 Make Them Warn on Mental Health. India, Take Note?News18.comIn August, Japan saw nearly 1,900 suicides, up 15.3 percent from a year earlier. But is coronavirus really causing a spike in cases of suicide? The Japanese government is urging people to come forth with mental health issues after yet another…
Mnuchin and Powell back further coronavirus stimulus package aidMail Online UKJerome Powell and Steven Mnuchin backed more financial aid in the form of a coronavirus stimulus package while speaking at a House Committee on Financial Services.
Number on pandemic unemployment payment up by more than 10,000 in past weekIrish TimesIncrease partly but not entirely due to introduction of more stringent Covid-19 restrictions in Dublin The number of people receiving the Government’s pandemic unemployment payment has increased by more than 10,000 over the last week to 217,142. The…
Planned national contact tracing system9News.com.auA planned national contact tracing system most likely won’t be operating until next year.
Spain to extend COVID-19 furlough scheme until Jan 2021Channel NewsAsiaMADRID: The Spanish government is due to approve on Tuesday (Sep 29) an extension to Jan 31 of the furlough scheme that supports hundreds of thousands of workers through the country's worst recession on record, a labour ministry source told Reuters. W…
The coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people and upended the global economy in less than nine monthsCNBCThe Covid-19 global death toll marked yet another a grim milestone, taking more than 1 million lives. CNBC has pulled together a package of stories looking back at how the coronavirus has changed society over the last nine months.  Roughly half of…
Geopolitical Impact
Amid fight against Covid, another virus from China has potential to cause disease in India: ICMRHindustan TimesWith over six million cases and 95,542 deaths due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disease, India is already the second worst-hit nation from the pandemic globally. The government has taken many steps to limit the spread of infection, in the form…
Brexit: warnings for care sector in pandemic as freedom of movement endsThe GuardianCare workers Wages should rise to make jobs more attractive to UK staff say government advisers The end of freedom of movement will increase pressure on the social care sector in the midst of a pandemic unless ministers make jobs more attractive to UK…
China’s ‘dual-circulation’ model not a short-term response to COVID-19, U.S. frictions-adviserNationalPost.comBEIJING — China's new "dual circulation" economic strategy proposed by President Xi Jinping is not a short-term measure to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic or frictions with the United States, an adviser to cabinet said on Tuesday….
Derek H. Burney: Tensions rise as U.S. faces dual nuclear threats from China and RussiaNationalPost.comU.S.-China relations are reaching new levels of acrimony and concern. On the campaign circuit, President Donald Trump blames China exclusively and persistently for the dire economic fallout from what he calls the “China virus.” China’s U.N….
Hong Kong border with mainland China could reopen soon, as city leader Carrie Lam looks at ways to save economy battered by coronavirusSouth China Morning Post – NewsHong Kong is in advanced internal talks to reopen the border for local residents living in mainland China to return to the city, with officials hoping the move will help revive the beleaguered economy. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said…
India: Pakistan delisted 4,000 terrorists during coronavirusThe StatesmanIndia today accused Pakistan of allowing delisting of 4000 proscribed terrorists to sustain its terror ecosystem even as the world was busy combating the Covid-19 pandemic. “It’s not without reason Pakistan remains a safe harbour for terrorists,”…
South China Sea issue takes back seat at UNAsia Times OnlineDespite rising tensions in the South China Sea, Southeast Asian leaders addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly gave more weight to pandemic response and economic recovery. Of the four regional littoral states invited to…
Taiwan Model’s democratic core values contrast with China’s repression: AIT directorTaiwan News OnlineAIT Director Brent Christensen (first left) at the WTCC annual meeting Tuesday Sept. 29 AIT Director Brent Christensen (first left) at the WTCC annual meeting Tuesday Sept. 29  (CNA photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The democratic values at the core of the…
The stakes are high for the UK as it deals with Brexit and the pandemic: CSISCNBCHeather Conley from the Center for Strategic and International Studies says the U.K. and the EU will find it difficult to agree to an outline of a Brexit deal as both sides remain far apart on issues, particularly the Internal Market Bill.
U.S.-Led Indo-Pacific Bloc to Convene in Show of Unity to ChinaMSN New Zealand(Bloomberg) — Japan will host a meeting next week of the foreign ministers of four of the Indo-Pacific region’s biggest democracies, in the so-called Quad group seen as a counter to China’s influence in the region. The Oct. 6 forum in Tokyo will…
VIDEO: South China Sea: Pompeo urges Southeast Asia not to let China ‘walk over us’MSN News SingaporeWashington’s top diplomat urged Southeast Asia on Thursday to cut ties with Chinese companies helping build islands in the South China Sea, weeks after the US blacklisted two dozen firms working in the disputed waters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cybersecurity Lessons from the Perception of RiskSecurity Bloggers NetworkThe more “mature” among us may recall when decision-making under uncertainty was based on the concept of “rational economic man.” We estimated or calculated the probability and amount of a loss (or gain) of various courses of action, multiplied…
Hospital chain targeted in one of the largest cyberattacks on US medical systems: reportThe HillUniversal Health Services (UHS), a large hospital chain, has reportedly been targeted by hackers in what may be one of the nation’s largest cyberattacks on a medical system to date. NBC News reported Monday  that computer systems began to crash over…
MalwareTechBlog – Ransomware isn’t taking a break because of the pandemic, nor will they take a break because of the election. Doesn’… https://t.co/i0Yde2SVF1MalwareTechBlog – TwitterRansomware isn't taking a break because of the pandemic, nor will they take a break because of the election. Doesn't mean there's some grand plan to undermine democracy, criminals just like money and ransomware victims have lots of it.
Metacurity – RT @0xAmit: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You have to be a real piece of shit to ransomware a hospital, especially during a pa…Metacurity – TwitterRT @0xAmit: I've said it before and I'll say it again. You have to be a real piece of shit to ransomware a hospital, especially during a pandemic.
NGO moots cyber crime committee after alarming spike in casesMalay MailLee said there were 9,146 cyber crime cases involving losses amounting to RM247 million between January and July this year. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri GEORGE TOWN, Sept 29 — The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) today proposed that the…
Securityblog – RT @mikko: When the pandemic started, several ransomware gangs said publicly that they would not attack hospitals. Ryuk’s operators did not.Securityblog – TwitterRT @mikko: When the pandemic started, several ransomware gangs said publicly that they would not attack hospitals. Ryuk’s operators did not.
The release of sensitive information from Las Vegas’s Clark County School District demonstrates an escalation in ta… https://t.co/pD4IZYLMU1WSJ – TwitterThe release of sensitive information from Las Vegas's Clark County School District demonstrates an escalation in tactics for hackers who have taken advantage of schools heavily reliant on online learning during the pandemic https://on.wsj.com/2S9CMc4…
UHS hospitals hit by Ryuk ransomware attackSecurity AffairsUniversal Health Services (UHS) healthcare providers has reportedly shut down systems at healthcare facilities after a Ryuk ransomware attack. Universal Health Services (UHS),…
mikko – When the pandemic started, several ransomware gangs said publicly that they would not attack hospitals. Ryuk’s operators did not.mikko – TwitterWhen the pandemic started, several ransomware gangs said publicly that they would not attack hospitals. Ryuk’s operators did not.
nicoleperlroth – RT @0xAmit: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You have to be a real piece of shit to ransomware a hospital, especially during a pa…nicoleperlroth – TwitterRT @0xAmit: I've said it before and I'll say it again. You have to be a real piece of shit to ransomware a hospital, especially during a pandemic.

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