02 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia bans, criminalises arrivals from India (The Freepress Journal)
  • Beating Covid an easier task for Draghi than saving Italy (Irish Independent)
  • Covid aid lands in India as Canada, Brazil fight outbreaks: world update (Bangkokpost.com Most recent)
  • Germany’s Domestic Spy Agency Is Monitoring Anti-Lockdown Protesters (Zero Hedge)
  • India’s Covid disaster is harrowing proof that none of us is safe until we all are (Telegraph)
  • Indonesia to restrict foreign travellers from India over COVID-19 variant (indonesianews.net)
  • Nigeria bans travellers from India, Brazil, Turkey over COVID-19 fears (Mail Online UK)
  • Nigeria restricts passengers from India, Brazil, Turkey over virus (HeraldSun.com.au Breaking News)
  • Pakistan to slash international flights by 80% to curb COVID-19 (Mail Online UK)
  • Portugal extends COVID-19 air travel curbs until mid-May (Mail Online UK)
  • Saudi Arabia: 9.4 million COVID-19 jabs administered (Gulf News)
  • Spain’s far-right Vox eye share of power in Madrid (BBC)
  • Thousands mark May Day with rallies in France, Spain and Germany (The Guardian)
  • UK – BORIS JOHNSON: We need to hammer down hard on criminals causing so much misery  (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson under pressure as British voters back second independence referendum (The Independent)
  • UK – PETER HITCHENS: Actually, I’d be quite happy to pay Boris Johnson’s wallpaper bill… (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Scientists working on anti-Covid nasal spray (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Three giant steps back to normal life: Boris Johnson tries to mount a political fightback (Mail Online UK)
  • US – California’s secret weapon in COVID-19 success: We are not skeptical about the vaccine (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Covid-19 vaccination rates in rural Nebraska are far below national averages, highlighting how remote communities, fear of side effects and skepticism have made rural America a stronghold of vaccine hesitancy hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3nCrkov (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Delaware doctor takes COVID-19 vaccinations to doorsteps (Washington Post)
  • US – Disneyland in California reopens its gates after a 13-month closure due to coronavirus (Blasting News United States)
  • US – Hawaii union workers battle pandemic slump, mark International Workers’ Day (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Israel’s coronavirus vaccine success can happen in Massachusetts too, Israeli officials say  (Boston Herald)
  • US – Massachusetts has a lot riding on India and other COVID hot spots (Boston Globe)
  • US – Oregon restores restrictions amid Covid surge boosted by vaccine hesitancy (The Guardian)
  • US – Podcast: How Texas failed to protect renters during the coronavirus pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Vaccines made Minnesota’s latest COVID-19 surge less deadly. But younger residents hit harder. (TwinCities.com)
  • Virus wave worsens in India, Brazil (Bangkokpost.com Most recent)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Where Germany is most beautiful (Deutsche Welle)
  • Why Portugal should be the first country on the UK’s ‘green list’ (Telegraph)
  • Will Malaysia become like India? (thestar.com.my)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Bank of England set to curb Covid support as economy heats upTelegraphThreadneedle Street has bought £787bn in gilts so far under its emergency support The Bank of England is poised to hit the brakes on its massive Covid stimulus amid increasing bullishness about a summer “lift-off” for the economy. Its Monetary Policy…
Canadian protesters march against COVID restrictionsHeraldSun.com.au Top NewsTens of thousands of protesters marched at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, rallying against restrictions imposed by the government in a bid to stem a third wave of COVID in Canada.
Doctor at top Delhi private hospital’s COVID-19 ward commits suicideDNA IndiaThe deceased doctor, Vivek Rai was treating COVID-19 positive patients at a private hospital in Delhi for the last one month. The deadly COVID-19 virus is not just taking human lives but is also pushing them into depression ultimately leading to…
First Covid casualty at farmers’ protestTimes of IndiaBathinda: The first casualty due to Covid-19 was recorded at the farmers ' protest on the borders of Delhi on Friday. Momita Basu (25), daughter of Comrade Utsav Basu, of West Bengal died of Covid-19. Ahe had reached the protest site at the Tikri…
Hundreds protest coronavirus measures in Finland, SwedenThe Straits Times All NewsMay 02, 2021 1:15 AM A protest in Helsinki that drew around 300 participants resulted in about 50 arrests.
Long Read: The Covid effect on India’s economyKhaleej TimesA second wave of the pandemic has caught the government napping and toppled an already-weak healthcare infrastructure in the country. What will be the likely economic fallout?
Risks of China’s local debt grows as govt scales back COVID-19 stimulusAni NewsBeijing [ China ], May 2 (ANI): As China has started scaling back the COVID-19 stimulus worth trillions of yuan launched last year, local government debt and corporate bond defaults are emerging as the prime financial risks for the communist…
US economy was resurrected in an effective way amid COVID-19, says billionaire Warren BuffettThe Freepress JournalFile/ US economy was resurrected in an extraordinarily effective way amid COVID-19, says billionaire Warren Buffett Lauding Federal Reserve and Congress, billionaire Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway stated the United States'…
‘Booming’: Cairns economy beats COVID blues in bounce backTownsvilleBulletin.com.auA CLEARER picture of the Far North’s economic recovery is in sight with strong indications the region is bouncing back to pre-pandemic levels.
Geopolitical Impact
China Deletes Social Media Posts Mocking India After BacklashBloombergOne post compared fire from a rocket launch with funeral pyres Social media users criticize posts for being insensitive A social media post by China’s top law enforcement body juxtaposing the country’s successful launch of a module into space with…
China jumps into India’s neighbours amid new Covid waveDeccan HeraldBangladesh has authorised the emergency use of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinopharm of China. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government in Dhaka is now holding talks with Beijing for procuring vaccine doses from China as well as for…
Fire kills 18 Covid patients in India; China president sends condolencesManila Times3 NEW DELHI: Police in western India say at least 18 Covid-19 patients have died when a fire broke out in a hospital early Saturday. Fifty other patients at the Welfare Hospital in Bharuch, a town in Gujarat state, were rescued by hospital workers and…
India can learn from China’s experience fighting Covid-19, says top US adviser Anthony FauciSouth China Morning PostFauci tells Indian newspaper that building temporary hospitals and lockdowns helped China stop the disease spreading India is currently the world’s worst affected country, with 400,000 new cases recorded on Saturday
Working to provide 40k o2 generators to India: chinaHindustan TimesChinese companies are working round the clock to meet the demand of 40,000 oxygen generators from India which is facing a shortage of the live-saving gas amid the Covid-19 pandemic, ambassador Sun Weidong has said, adding that several organisations…
Cybersecurity Impact
DOJ: Solgen’s office looking into reported data breachPhilippine Star– 4:27pm MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday said the Office of the Solicitor General is looking into a reported data breach that allegedly exposed 345,000 of its files. London-based security firm TurgenSec in an April 30…
Indonesia arrests hackers over $60 million U.S. COVID-19 scamindonesianews.netIndonesia arrests hackers over $60 million U.S. COVID-19 scam CBS News

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