01 June 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • 10/3 podcast: What’s driving COVID-19 re-opening plans in Canada? (NationalPost.com)
  • COVID has produced 1.2 mn more smokers in Italy (ansa.it)
  • GERMANY FRANCE – Merkel, Macron call for EU not to lag behind US, China (EFE)
  • Germany gets tough on Covid test centres after media expose fraud (The Guardian)
  • I was dreading our family half-term trip to Portugal — but it was a breeze (Telegraph)
  • India’s average daily electricity use in May fell 10.4% from April (Business Standard India)
  • India’s May mayhem: Over 1.17 lakh Indians lost their lives in Covid carnage in last 30 days (Financial Express)
  • India’s economy showed momentum in Q1 prior to COVID surge (MSN Philippines)
  • Italy to Reopen More Businesses in Low-Risks Areas (Bloomberg)
  • Kroos has medical tests at German team camp after COVID-19 (Winnipeg Free Press)
  • New Zealand, Australia call for virus probe (Chandigarh Tribune)
  • Pandemic delays job entry for Germany’s graduates (Deutsche Welle)
  • Singapore and Covid-19 – adjusting to the new normal (Straits Times)
  • Singapore to relax social curbs if situation improves
    S’pore to relax social curbs if situation improves (Oman Observer)
  • Singapore to start vaccinating adolescents as PM outlines reopening plans (WA Today)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, May 31, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • These are the lessons India’s brutal second wave has taught the world (Times Live South Africa)
  • Tourists to Spain down 91% in April 2021 from same month in 2019 (The Independent)
  • Trends in the Use of Anxiolytics in Castile and Leon, Spain, between 2015–2020: Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 (MDPI)
  • UK – Andy Maciver: Scottish Government’s lockdown cure is now worse than the disease (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Boris Johnson must defy the prophets of doom and reopen on schedule (Telegraph)
  • UK – Emily in the Treasury? Rishi Sunak reveals he watches Bridgerton and Emily in Paris (The Independent)
  • UK – Inside Politics: Boris Johnson warned not to repeat ‘past mistakes’ by lifting lockdown too soon (The Independent)
  • UK – Why delaying the 21 June unlocking is such a political headache for Boris Johnson (New Statesman)
  • US – As the pandemic eases, public libraries in Connecticut have big plans to get kids reading this summer (Hartford Courant)
  • US – COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa drop below 100 (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Did hiker rescues increase during the pandemic or does it just feel that way? The answer is complicated (Boston Globe)
  • US – Editorial Roundup: Texas (Miami Herald)
  • US – Hawaii flu season sees only 1 death amid coronavirus precautions (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – How can Connecticut prepare for the next pandemic? Invest in public health, officials say (Hartford Courant)
  • US – How will businesses react when Ohio’s COVID restrictions are lifted? (Columbus Dispatch)
  • US – Memorial Day parades return to Connecticut as COVID-19 eases (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Most Hawaii inmates refusing to get COVID-19 vaccination (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Ohio’s coronavirus health orders end after Tuesday (Columbus Dispatch)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What Germany Can Teach America About Renewable Energy (Slate Magazine)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • ‘Disney queues’ as England’s biggest vaccine centre offers COVID jabs to all adults for today only (Sky News Latest)
  • Antibody from cold can neutralize COVID-19 and could lead to vaccine against all coronaviruses (Mail Online UK)
  • Coronavirus news – live: India’s ban on vaccine export impacted 91 countries, says WHO (The Independent)
  • Eli Lilly gets Indian emergency use nod for COVID-19 antibody drug combination (Nasdaq)
  • India accelerates vaccine supplies in fight against COVID-19 (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Irish pharmacies to administer vaccines in June (BBC)
  • Sinovac Biotech vaccine effective in controlling Covid-19, new study shows (Irish Times)
  • Two college roommates who met in 1971 found themselves on competing sides of the race to find a Covid-19 shot—one for Pfizer, the other Moderna hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3yREbZl (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Why we are calling for a new commitment to vaccine equity and defeating the pandemic (Washington Post)
  • ‘Demonstration of vaccine effectiveness’ – HSE chief says Covid hospitalisations down by almost 10pc (Irish Independent)
Societal & Economic Impact
Brazilians stage nationwide protests against Bolsonaros COVID responseReutersA woman holds a banner in front of a balloon depicting Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, during a protest against President Jair Bolsonaro, in front of Monumento Zumbi in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 29, 2021. The banner reads:…
German Unemployment Falls as Economy Starts to Shrug Off VirusBloombergJoblessness declined by 15,000 in May vs est. drop of 9,000 Local authorities are loosening curbs on economic activity German joblessness fell in May, adding to signs that the economy is starting to turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic as…
Indian doctors protest against guru who claims yoga can defeat CovidFT.com – WorldBaba Ramdev promotes traditional concoction and calls modern medicine ‘a stupid bankrupt science’
India’s economy grew 1.6% before second Covid wave engulfed countryFT.com – International economyExpansion in economic output between January and March continued steady recovery since last year
Malaysia to roll out S$12.8 billion more in stimulus as virus spreadsToday OnlineKUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (May 31) announced an additional RM40 billion (S$12.81 billion) stimulus package, ahead of the imposition of stricter lockdown measures this week to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19….
Overall impact of second Covid wave on economy not likely to be large: CEABusiness Standard IndiaHe further said that given the circumstances due to the pandemic, it is difficult to forecast if the country would achieve a double digit growth in the current fiscal Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian on Monday said the overall impact of the…
Pandemic unemployment payment to be phased out in three stages from SeptemberIrish IndependentThe Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is to be phased out in three stages from mid-September while business supports are to be extended until later in the year T he Government will tomorrow publish its National Economic Recovery Plan which will…
Private KZN medics protest over Covid-19 jab rolloutEast Coast RadioThey say they're are being left in the dark about the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and feel government is sidelining them. READ:  Liquor associations welcome lack of booze restrictions President of the KZN Private Ambulances Association, Andile Nduli, says…
US gun sales spiked during pandemic and continue to riseThe GuardianGun sales, which spiked sharply during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, have continued to increase in the United States, with first-time buyers making up more than one-fifth of Americans who purchased guns. The development will frustrate…
Veteran Suicide Rate Could Spike Further After COVID-1924BrasilVeterans and experts warn the isolation, coupled with a lack of resources to begin with, could have dire consequences.
Geopolitical Impact
China condemns Japan offering vaccine to TaiwanNews On JapanChina has reacted harshly to Japan's proposal to offer coronavirus vaccines to Taiwan, saying vaccine assistance should not be a political tool. (NHK)
China condemns Japan’s vaccine donation to Taiwan as ‘political show’Taiwan News OnlineWang Wenbin. (Weibo photo) Wang Wenbin. (Weibo photo) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday (May 31) expressed its opposition to Japan's plan to donate COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan, labeling it a "political show" and…
China, Ukraine and New Zealand back India and South Africa’s IP waiver plan on Covid medical productsEconomic TimesChina, Ukraine and New Zealand on Monday supported the revised proposal submitted by India and South Africa seeking patent waivers on Covid-19-related medical products for three years, with a provision to review the duration annually to fight the…
FPJ Edit: Covid in India and China – a study in contrastThe Freepress JournalThe origin of coronavirus will remain a mystery as there are powerful, vested interests to keep it so. US President Joe Biden has asked his intelligence agencies to probe the origin of the pandemic and report to him within 90 days. Many Western…
India, China to come face to face as BRICS meet starts todayNews24onlineNew Delhi: India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will attend the BRICS meeting starts on Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is also attending this meeting. This virtual BRICS meet is very special. Apart from this, Russian Foreign…
Japan to tighten border control for travelers from Vietnam, MalaysiaMainichi JPA guard wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus locks the fences to close off a construction site for the athletes' village to be used during the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on May 31, 2021, in…
Japan to tighten border control for visitors from Vietnam, Malaysiathestar.com.myTOKYO (Bernama): Japan plans to tighten its border control over travellers from Vietnam and Malaysia to prevent the spread of more contagious variants of Covid-19, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported. Therefore, those from the two South-East Asian…
South Korea says COVID-19 vaccine shipment to North Korea from COVAX delayed againChannel NewsAsiaSEOUL: A shipment of coronavirus vaccines to North Korea via the global COVAX sharing programme that was expected for late May has been delayed again amid protracted consultations, South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Tuesday (Jun 1). COVAX,…
South Korea says vaccine shipment to North Korea from COVAX delayed againToday OnlineSEOUL – A shipment of coronavirus vaccines to North Korea via the global COVAX sharing programme that was expected for late May has been delayed again amid protracted consultations, South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Tuesday.
What is China + 1, What does it mean for India?Yahoo! IndiaThere is a decadal theme playing out in the global arena currently which is generally being termed at China + 1. In lay man’s terms, China’s factory of the World status is increasingly getting challenged. Global purchasers of manufactured products…
Cybersecurity Impact
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Cyber attacks on JBS meat processor causing livestock trade tumultABC OnlineTWO Australian abattoirs de-listed from selling meat to China when workers contracted COVID-19 are still waiting to resume the trade, despite China allowing other meatworks around the world to resume trade in similar circumstances. Key points: Eight…
Cybersecurity: doing better, togetherFinTech FuturesCyberattacks have been increasing globally, and financial services is no exception. From DDoS and domain cloning to spear-phishing and credential stuffing; from script-kiddies to advanced persistent threat (APT) actors – we are all seeing higher…
Hacking continues to cause major issues across health serviceIrish IndependentThe HSE cyber attack is causing delays at Cork University Hospital in GP referrals for cancer services, it emerged yesterday. I t comes as its radiotherapy services are still not listed as restored as the health service faces into a third week of…
Meat Is Latest Cyber Victim as Hackers Hit Top Supplier JBSBloombergJBS USA says affected IT systems shut down after May 30 attack Union says beef processing at Canadian facility halted Monday JBS SA , the world’s biggest meat supplier, has been targeted in a cybersecurity attack that shut down its North American and…
Prometheus and Grief – two new emerging ransomware gangs targeting enterprises. Mexican Government data is published for sale.Security Affairs“Prometheus” and “Grief” – a multi-billion dollar ransomware market obtained two new emerging players. In today’s world, information and data means money and the people that are stealing the information have now reached new levels of…
Swedish Health Agency shuts down SmiNet after hacking attemptsBleeping ComputerThe Swedish Public Health Agency has shut down SmiNet, the country's infectious diseases database, on Thursday after it was targeted in several hacking attempts. SmiNet , which is also used to store electronic reports with statistics on COVID-19…
The public sector is not immune to cyber attacksCanberra TimesMost people in the public sector will have heard of ransomware and know about the May 2021 ransomware attack on the American Colonial Pipeline Company, but few would know much about the cyber criminal hacking group DarkSide that the FBI says was…
Zero day! No new Covid cases in NZ todayOtago Daily TimesThere are no new cases of Covid-19 managed isolation or the community today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. Meanwhile, of the 4539 people who flew from Melbourne to New Zealand between May 20 and 25, the ministry has now contacted all but five…

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