13 Aug 2020

South Korea’s Coronavirus Response Under Pressure as Doctors Plan Strike

On Friday, South Korea’s largest physician association plans to strike, protesting against a government proposal to increase the number of doctors after South Korea experienced severe staffing shortages at the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak within the country. According to the Korean Medical Association, a group that represents 130,000 doctors,

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02 Jul 2020

Ripple20 Threatens Increasingly Connected Medical Devices

JSOF security researchers disclosed a series of vulnerabilities affecting connected devices in the enterprise, industrial, and healthcare industries earlier this month. Experts have expressed concern over the implications for connected medical devices, which could potentially offer attackers a gateway into hospital networks or allow them to affect patient care and

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26 Jun 2020

India’s social inequalities reflected in coronavirus care

According to recent data and first-hand accounts, India’s health care system discriminates heavily against those of lower economic statuses when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. India’s leaders have promised universal care and testing for COVID-19, however, care options range from severely overcrowded wards at public hospitals to spacious suites

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20 May 2020

Spain’s leader asks parliament for 2 more weeks of lockdown

On Wednesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez asked parliament to endorse the extension of Spain’s state of emergency imposed as a result of the devastating COVID-19 outbreak in the country that has killed at least 27,000. This would mark the fifth two-week extension of the state of emergency, which is

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14 May 2020

US Embassy says Covid-19 threat in Tanzania’s main city ‘extremely high’

In Tanzania, the US Embassy claims that many hospitals in one of its largest cities, Dar es Salaam, have been overwhelmed in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis. Tanzania has not released any information on COVID-19 infection rates since late April, causing concern over what the actual number of

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14 May 2020

COVID-19 blamed for 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks

On Thursday, a new report attributed a 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The report is the third edition of VMware Carbon Black’s Modern Bank Heists report, which claims that financial institutions have been increasingly targeted over the first quarter of 2020. The report notes

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13 May 2020

Healthcare giant Magellan Health hit by ransomware attack

Yesterday, Magellan Health Inc. disclosed that it was the victim of a ransomware attack occurring on April 11, which resulted in theft of personal information from a corporate server. Magellan Health is a Fortune 500 for-profit managed health care and insurance firm whose customers include other managed care organizations, labor

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17 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Africa could be next epicentre, WHO warns

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Africa could be the next region to be hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, following behind Asia, Europe, and North America. Across the continent so far, there have been almost 1,000 deaths and 19,000 infections, however, these rates are drastically lower than those exhibited

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17 Apr 2020

OSTP, NIST Team Up to Fine-Tune Search Engines for COVID-19 Research

On Wednesday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Institute of Standards and Technology stated that it had joined forces with four entities, two institutes, and two universities, to further developments in search engines that streamline COVID-19 research. The effort, which has been named “TREC-COVID,” is

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18 Mar 2020

Trump Relaxes Patient Data Rules to Allow Doctors to Use Personal Phones for Telehealth

As the US is in the midst of a social distancing movement in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the White House has announced additional coverage for telehealth services under Medicare. The announcement also launches plans to relax regulations on how doctors manage and share health information,

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