02 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘No regrets’: France’s Macron defends measures against Covid-19 surge (France24)
  • ‘We’re in a really good place’: is Israel nearing the Covid endgame? (The Guardian)
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Thursday, April 1, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Boris: France’s rising Coronavirus infection rates ‘very, very sad’ (Mail Online UK)
  • Brazil records deadliest period in COVID-19 pandemic (9News.com.au)
  • COVID-19 situation grim in India, second wave of deadly infections likely from this date (zeenews.com)
  • China includes people above 60 in COVID-19 vaccination (shanghaisun.com)
  • Coronavirus situation in Germany ‘dramatic’: researcher (Deutsche Welle)
  • Exchange student experiences Germany during a pandemic (Benoni City Times)
  • Germany’s vaccination vexation puts nails in the coffin of reputation for efficiency (Irish Times)
  • India reports six-month high of Covid-19 daily infections amid new curbs (France24)
  • Italy may be in Easter lockdown, but the party’s on at sea (star-telegram.com)
  • Macron’s gamble: Should France have locked down sooner? (France24)
  • Opinion: Did scientists in China design coronavirus? Mother Nature is a far likelier culprit. (Houston Chronicle)
  • Portugal’s Costa to Proceed With Plan to Ease Covid Restrictions (Bloomberg)
  • SARS-CoV-2 Infection among the Dental Staff from Lombardy Region, Italy (MDPI)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Thursday, April 1 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 2, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson has had a better pandemic than Keir Starmer – by a long way (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson says new French Covid wave is ‘very sad’ and warns the UK has ‘got to be ready’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s latest ‘build back better’ pledge won’t get Britain back to work (The Guardian)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s most senior black adviser quits in row over race report (Melbourne Age)
  • UK – Inside the office during The hidden gap in Boris Johnson’s pandemic response (New Statesman)
  • UK variant infecting more kids in Pakistan (Gulf News)
  • US – ADM to restart ethanol mills in Iowa, Nebraska as demand recovers (Seeking Alpha)
  • US – Alabama Stalls On Lifting 28-Year-Old Yoga Ban at Public Schools (MSN Canada)
  • US – California theme parks, stadiums allowed to begin reopening Thursday (UPI)
  • US – Can vaccinated people spread the virus? CDC tempers comments made by Rochelle Walensky (boston.com)
  • US – Coronavirus is exploding right now in Michigan (The Hill)
  • US – Coronavirus variants rampage California’s Silicon Valley despite vaccination efforts (South China Morning Post – News)
  • US – In Idaho, 97 fully vaccinated people test positive for COVID-19. Officials respond to development (Deseret News)
  • US – Michigan unemployment claims drop to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – NIH begins dosing people with Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine booster shot (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Oklahoma town eases pandemic, one restaurant meal at a time (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Pandemic poised to surge again in California’s Silicon Valley tech hub (NationalPost.com)
  • US – Texas COVID-Positivity-Rate Plunges To Record Low After Mask-Mandate Lifted, Restaurants Back To Pre-Crisis Levels (Zero Hedge)
  • WHO Blasts Europe’s Slow Vaccine Rollout, As France Sees New Lockdown (International Business Times Australia)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Arkansas sees close to 33K more coronavirus vaccines given (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • Association between pre-existing respiratory disease and its treatment, and severe a population cohort study (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Can a test tell you how well your coronavirus vaccine is working? (Cleveland.com)
  • CanSinoBIO says COVID-19 shot may be less effective over time, booster shot promising (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Column: After that second dose of coronavirus vaccine, what comes next? (Chicago Tribune)
  • Covid-19 live updates: Australia reviewing blood clot case in man who received AstraZeneca vaccine (Washington Post)
  • EE[.]UU.: 30% de la población ha recibido al menos una dosis de vacuna contra el covid-19 (CNN)
  • If I’ve Had COVID-19, Do I Still Need Two Doses of Vaccine? (Time)
  • Ohio will rush coronavirus vaccines to areas with case spikes (Cleveland.com)
  • Patient Willingness to Enroll in Cancer Clinical Trials When Sites Return to Prepandemic Status—Reply (Journal of the American Medical Association)
  • Pfizer and BioNTech’s Coronavirus Vaccine Remains Effective for at Least 6 Month (Nasdaq)
  • Study discovers new target on SARS-CoV-2 spike for protective antibodies (News-Medical.Net)
  • [Clinical Picture] Anterior uveitis in paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 (The Lancet)
Societal & Economic Impact
719,000 Americans file for first-time unemployment benefitsFOXBusiness.comFox Business Network host takes a closer look at the president's plans to rebalance the tax code The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits unexpectedly last week, according to the Labor Department. Data released Thursday…
Activists Preserving African Mother Tongues, Fighting Covid-19AllAfrica.comAs internet use surges on the continent, projects are working to help Africans find information online in their mother tongues. From Wikipedia posts in indigenous tongues to digital word libraries, African language lovers are going online to preserve…
COVID-19 Protests: An attack on press freedomDeutsche WelleThe number of attacks against journalists is rising in Germany. According to the European Center for Press and Media Freedom, attacks against journalists covering COVID-19 protests are a daily occurrence. Escalation of a demonstration in…
Denied Bed, Covid-19 Patient in Nashik Dies While Protesting Outside Municipality OfficeNews18.comThe doctors and health workers are trying Nashiktheir best to combat the new wave of infections but lack of infrastructure causes many patients failing to get treatment. In Nasik, a man died while sitting on dharma outside the municipality office as…
Germany: Luca app makes contact tracing easier # Covid-19 Spezial # 01.04.2021 # unmoderiert # lucaappDeutsche WelleThe coronavirus will determine our lives for a long time to come, so it's high time to present solutions for everyday life during the pandemic. A new app called "Luca" could well be one of them.
Govt willing to spend to save lives and economy, says PM MuhyiddinMalay MailTan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the pandemic was very challenging because it posed a threat to people's lives and battered the economy, forcing the government to spend huge amounts of money to buy medicines, ensure enough hospital beds and increase the…
Japan on brink of fourth Covid-19 wave less than two weeks after state of emergency liftedThe Straits Times All NewsApril 01, 2021 8:04 PM TOKYO – Japan is on the brink of a fourth Covid-19 wave with the country grappling with mounting cases involving mutant strains of the coronavirus and general indifference.
Michigan unemployment claims drop to the lowest level since the start of the pandemicDetroit Free PressNew unemployment claims in Michigan have dropped to their lowest level since the start of the pandemic, even as jobless claims rose across the U.S. New claims in Michigan declined to 10,028 in the week ending March 27, down from 12,765 the week…
Some Rich Hospitals Got Even Richer During Pandemic After Federal BailoutsNewsMax.comSome of the nation's richest health systems reportedly thrived financially through the pandemic – reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in surpluses after accepting massive federal bailouts, a new report shows…
Unemployment Claims Climb To 719,000 After Hitting Pandemic Low Last WeekForbes.comTopline Another 719,000 people filed new claims for regular state unemployment benefits (on a seasonally adjusted basis) last week—up 61,000 from the prior week and significantly more than economists were expecting—as the labor market continues to…
Geopolitical Impact
(News Focus) S. Korea faces tricky geopolitical balancing act amid intensifying Sino-U.S. rivalryYonhap News AgencySEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) — South Korea is facing an intricate diplomatic balancing act, as the United States pushes to close ranks with democratic allies, with China intent on precluding Seoul's tilt farther away from its geopolitical orbit, analysts…
China powers global trade boom but doubts linger if it can lastNikkei Asian ReviewTOKYO — China followed by the rest of Asia has emerged as the leader in global trade amid the coronavirus pandemic, as aggressive stimulus measures around the world fuel demand for exports from the region. Merchandise exports from Asia are expected…
China slams Washington over Hong Kong report, saying Biden administration has disregarded basic facts with irresponsible remarksYahoo! SingaporeBeijing hit back at the United States on Thursday following the release of an annual report on Hong Kong, saying the Biden administration had disregarded basic facts and made irresponsible remarks on the city’s operations, and had seriously…
China, Asia to fill bulk of surging US demand for goods in 2021 as global trade rebounds from coronavirus, WTO saysSouth China Morning Post – NewsThe United States and the rest of North America will be the biggest importers of goods this year while China and other Asian economies will lead the way in supplying them, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said[.]North America will drive demand in…
India refrains from calling out China over Covid probeDeccan HeraldIndia on Thursday refrained from calling out China but took note of the recent revelation by the World Health Organization (WHO) that its investigators had experienced difficulties in accessing raw data while studying the origin of the Covid-19 virus…
Iran nuclear deal: France, Germany, Russia, UK, China to meet virtuallyBusiness Standard IndiaRepresentatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Iran will meet virtually on Friday to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal Representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Iran will…
US Official Underlines Importance of Cooperation with S. Korea, Japan on N. KoreaKorea Broadcasting SystemPhoto : YONHAP News A senior U.S. government official said the U.S. will actively heed the views of South Korea and Japan in devising and implementing its North Korea policy. The official made the remark in a press briefing on Thursday, a day before…
Why Pakistan took a U-turn within 24 hours on decision to resume trade with India?DNA IndiaPakistan's top economic decision-making body ECC gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the imports. Taking a U-turn on its decision within 24 hours, Pakistan's Imran Khan government has refused to approve the import of cotton and sugar from India. On…
Cybersecurity Impact
A cyber pandemic is spreading across the #healthcare industry: bad bots! Our expert discusses the challenges and possible solutions with @SecurityHIT: hxxps://bit[.]ly/31uAQj9 hxxps://twitter[.]com/Imperva/status/1377628826923065354/photo/1Imperva – TwitterA cyber pandemic is spreading across the #healthcare industry: bad bots! Our expert discusses the challenges and possible solutions with @SecurityHIT: hxxps://bit[.]ly/31uAQj9 hxxps://twitter[.]com/Imperva/status/1377628826923065354/photo/1
Avaddon RaaS | Breaks Public Decryptor, Continues On RampageSentinelLabs – RSSThe Avaddon ransomware family was first sighted in the wild in February 2020, but fully emerged as a robust Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) model in June of that year. Over the last 9 months or so, the operator behind Avaddon has been successful in…
Improving Municipal Cybersecurity: Tenable Supports Security Partnership with the National League of CitiesTenable BlogRecognizing the “perfect storm” created by COVID-19 disruptions, the NLC partnered with trusted security leaders to develop a turnkey solution for cities and local governments. The National League of Cities (NLC) announced a major initiative…
Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrowsThe HillPresident Biden 's $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan does not include any funds to protect critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, even as the threat grows against targets like the electric grid. Experts say it was disappointing to see there…
Magic Makes Data Breaches A Thing Of The PastForbes.comIndividuals and corporations are constant targets of hackers. Despite both entities spending billions of dollars a year protecting their data with cybersecurity solutions, data breaches occur on a routine basis. Sean Li recognized that the intrinsic…
The Cybersecurity 202: DHS head seeks to quickly solve some major cybersecurity problemsWashington Postwith Aaron Schaffer Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlined a series of initiatives to speed up improvements in the nation's cybersecurity defenses in a speech yesterday hosted by the RSA conference. His agency will launch…
The massive and sudden shift online exacerbated #cybersecurity concerns. For instance, the healthcare sector was burdened with providing care while facing an onslaught of cyberattacks. See how else the pandemic affected IT security. hxxps://kas[.]pr/ugq9 hxxps://twitter[.]com/kaspersky/status/1377689810375180289/video/1kaspersky – TwitterThe massive and sudden shift online exacerbated #cybersecurity concerns. For instance, the healthcare sector was burdened with providing care while facing an onslaught of cyberattacks. See how else the pandemic affected IT security….
Top 10 Ways Cybercrooks Are Targeting Your Data In 2021Forbes.comYou’re not the only one engaged in digital transformation, you know. Digital transformation isn’t just for the legitimate IT world. Just as corporations and government agencies are constantly evolving their IT infrastructure to embrace the newest…

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