Coronavirus: Antibodies fall rapidly after COVID infection, dashing hopes of herd immunity – study

Hopes that the population will become immune to COVID-19 have been dashed by new research showing antibodies fall rapidly after recovering from the disease. So-called herd immunity has been proposed by some scientists as a better alternative to lockdowns in Read More …

Singapore’s worst-ever data breach prompted the nation to bolster its cyber defences

In 2018, Singapore suffered its worst ever data breach when inadequate cybersecurity at SingHealth saw a quarter of the population’s medical records stolen. The subsequent official review recommended remedies that should already be basic security policies. Two years after the Read More …

France registers a record 30,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours

France has announced a record 30,000 new COVID-19 cases in a day. Prime Minister Jean Castex made the revelation on Twitter on Thursday, calling on French citizens to understand the seriousness of the situation. “All of us have, within us, Read More …

Biometrics in the limelight in presentation of novel healthcare cybersecurity toolkit

An EU-backed project team presented their holistic approach to cybersecurity for healthcare organisations at the European Association for Biometrics Research Projects Conference 2020. From electronic medical records to teleconsultations, the healthcare industry is becoming more and more digitised. While offering Read More …

CSIRO study: Coronavirus can last 28 days on glass, banknotes

Findings from the study done by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, appear to show that in a very controlled environment, the virus remained infectious for longer than other studies have found. CSIRO researchers found that at 20 degrees Celsius (68 Read More …

Coronavirus second wave: Which countries in Europe are experiencing a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases?

Some countries — such as Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, North Macedonia — are seeing higher case numbers in August than they did earlier in the year. Belgium, Italy and the UK — among Europe’s worst-hit countries — are seeing Read More …