03 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • A Food Historian Dishes On Her Love Affair With Italy (Forbes.com)
  • Austria to give Czech Republic 30,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine (Mail Online UK)
  • Business owner goes on hunger strike as he protests lockdown in Italy’s ‘red zones’ (Mail Online UK)
  • Calls to rethink Canada’s strategy for COVID-19 vaccinations (Global News Canada)
  • China could have done more to aid world’s Covid-19 response, top US health official says (Times Live South Africa)
  • Covid Europe: Italy enters strict three-day lockdown while France begins four week national shutdown (Mail Online UK)
  • France’s ‘burnout’ clinic: Exhausted health workers seek respite from Covid front line (France24)
  • How The Pandemic Helped Gangmasters Exploit The Invisible Agricultural Workers Of Italy (Forbes.com)
  • India Logs 89,129 Fresh Infections (Outlook India)
  • India’s daily new infections highest in six months (Oman Observer)
  • Irish schoolgirl (16) dies after falling 16-feet from wall in Spain (Irish Independent)
  • Netherlands temporarily suspends AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60 (The Hill)
  • Pakistan not ready to combat COVID-19 third wave: Bilawal (Chinanationalnews.com)
  • Pakistan not ready to combat COVID-19 third wave: Bilawal Bhutto (Ani News)
  • Pandemic spirals with Brazil in eye of storm (australianherald.com latest)
  • Religious, community groups, experts clear doubts about Covid-19 jabs in Singapore (The Straits Times All News)
  • San Marino, the micronation within Italy, stokes envy with speedy Russian-supplied vaccine campaign (Washington Post)
  • Saudi Arabia: 11 mosques shut due to COVID-19 outbreak (Gulf News)
  • The Latest: Germany faces ‘crisis of trust’ amid pandemic (star-telegram.com)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson prepares to outline tests for restart of foreign travel (The Guardian)
  • UK – Boris Johnson warns public not to meet loved ones… (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Holidays to the Caribbean in just SIX weeks? (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – The five things we want to hear from Boris Johnson during Monday’s travel announcement (Telegraph)
  • UK – What will Boris Johnson announce on Monday? The options for easing lockdown, travel and Covid passports (Telegraph)
  • US – Antibody therapy promoted amid Minnesota COVID-19 spike, 2,553 new infections (star-telegram.com)
  • US – CDC Issues Next Phase of the Conditional Sail Order for Cruise Ship Operators (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – California Allowing Indoor Concerts Starting This Month Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (International Business Times)
  • US – California COVID fight update: Vaccines, variants, reopenings (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California Curbs Ease as U.S. Vaccinations Advance: Virus Update (Bloomberg)
  • US – California falls short on COVID contact tracing amid warnings of new wave, audit says (Fresno Bee)
  • US – California is far from ‘mission accomplished’ on COVID-19 fight. Here is what to worry about (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate hits highest level in two months as variants spread in Connecticut; hospitalizations up (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Indoor events can return in California later this month as COVID-19 conditions improve (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Nevada’s key COVID-19 metrics show long decline is stalling (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – New COVID-19 strain found in rural southwestern Kansas, public health officials say (KansasCity.com)
  • US – Suicides decreased in 2020 despite pandemic: CDC (New York Daily News)
  • US – The CDC walked back comments from its director suggesting that vaccinated people couldn’t ‘carry the virus’ (Business Insider)
  • US – ‘No Thank You, Mr. President’: GOP States Still End Mask Mandates Despite Covid-19 Rise And Warnings From Biden, CDC (Forbes.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • American Airlines offering ‘quarantine free’ travel between NYC and Italy (FOXNews.com)
  • Bullish Jobs Prediction: Bank Of America Says Employment Will Return To Pre-Pandemic Levels By Year’s End (Forbes.com)
  • Chile’s big coronavirus vaccine bet on China’s Sinovac shots (South China Morning Post – News)
  • China donates 1,000 Lenovo tablets for Davao City schoolchildren (Manila Bulletin)
  • ETtech Deals Digest: Byju’s, Firstcry raise funds, Wipro buys Ampion (Economic Times)
  • Germany’s Lufthansa to resume Frankfurt-Tehran flights from April 16 (Al Arabiya)
  • Good news for Saudi Apple device owners as repair program expanded (Arab News)
  • Holland stops giving AstraZeneca jab despite scientists’ finding NO evidence of link to blood clots (Mail Online UK)
  • How Expedia and Booking[.]com could reap the benefits of the pandemic’s online shopping boom as tourism returns (Business Insider)
  • Huawei doubles down on commitment to kingdom (Bangkok Post)
  • India braces for lockdown as cases soar; Australia to continue AstraZeneca jab despite blood clot case (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Johnson & Johnson Begins Testing Coronavirus Vaccine in Teens (US News & World Report)
  • Johnson & Johnson begins testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children as young as 12  (Mail Online UK)
  • Johnson & Johnson has begun testing its vaccine in adolescents (Business Insider)
  • Johnson & Johnson has begun testing its vaccine in adolescents between 12 and 17 years old (Yahoo! Canada)
  • Johnson & Johnson is exploring whether its coronavirus shot works safely in children, saying it has begun studying its effects in 12-to-17-year-olds hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3rTH6fn (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Microsoft pushes back reopening offices to September 7 (Business Standard India)
  • More visitors at care homes and UK clotting deaths after AstraZeneca jab (BBC)
  • Panasonic expects robust demand for cooling appliances this summer (Business Today India)
  • Qld records new case amid AstraZeneca concerns (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • SA negotiating for Sputnik, Sinovac, Sinopharm vaccines – Mkhize (IOL)
  • Samsung to woo millennials with Bespoke fridge line (Bangkok Post)
  • Seven blood clot deaths in UK after AstraZeneca jab (Business Standard India)
  • Siemens Taiwan expects revenue to pick up further (Taipei Times Online)
  • Sony plans to announce its latest model of Xperia phone on April 14 (Business Standard India)
  • Tata Motors ideally placed to aim for dominant position, Co. should get aggressive in the future: N Chandrasekaran (Economic Times)
  • UK finds 30 blood clot cases after AstraZeneca jab (BBC)
  • Urgent probe launched into AstraZeneca Covid vaccine after man rushed to hospital with blood clots (Mail Online UK)
  • Volkswagen or Voltswagen? You choose (Business Standard India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • As coronavirus infections and vaccinations surge, hope collides with dread (Washington Post)
  • California Curbs Ease as U.S. Vaccinations Advance: Virus Update (Bloomberg)
  • Covid-19 UK: Fury over NHS coronavirus vaccine sites shutting for Easter (Mail Online UK)
  • Milwaukee Health Department website to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations sending residents to dead end (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • Netherlands joins Germany in halting AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccinations in under-60s (Irish Independent)
  • New COVID-19 cases climb back above 70,000 in US as vaccinations make progress (The Hill)
  • Parents are hunting for breast milk with COVID-19 antibodies. But is it safe? (ABC News)
  • Relative risk rather than absolute risk reduction should be preferred to sensitise the public to preventive actions (British Journal of the Gut)
  • Researchers offer large-scale screening of potential broad-spectrum SARS-CoV-2 antivirals (News-Medical.Net)
  • Vermont accused of discrimination for moving minorities to head of coronavirus vaccine line (The Washington Times stories: News)
  • Whitmer: Fewer people with antibodies, more mobility contributing to high COVID-19 rates (Detroit Free Press)
Societal & Economic Impact
Contact tracing czar Magalong tests positive for COVID-19Philippine Daily InquirerMANILA, Philippines — Baguio City mayor, also the country’s contact tracing czar, Benjamin Magalong on Saturday revealed he tested positive for COVID-19. “It is with a sad note that I would like to inform everyone that as of my RT-PCR test conducted…
Covid-19 protesters arrested in Gabon, ICUs overwhelmed in Iraq & deforestation in EcuadorFrance24In our show "Correspondence", we explore how the world is coping with the twists and turns of 2021, amid the consequences of Covid-19 and beyond. FRANCE 24 brings you a selection of original reports from our correspondents and teams around the globe….
Japan desperate to avoid yet another coronavirus state of emergencyJapanTimes.co.jp"The situation in Kansai is what it will be like in Tokyo in two weeks," a government source said.
Suicides decreased in 2020 despite pandemic: CDCNew York Daily NewsDespite the mental and financial strain placed on many by the coronavirus pandemic, suicides decreased in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary data published Wednesday shows that suicides in the U.S. decreased…
The U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March as recovery gains steam againWashington PostThe U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March, the highest level in months, as vaccine distribution and declining caseloads helped accelerate a recovery in the labor market. The unemployment rate edged down to 6 percent from 6.2 percent in February. The…
U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March, as women reenter workforce and recovery gains steamThe Nation – ThailandWASHINGTON – The U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March, as coronavirus vaccine distribution improved, Congress approved a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, and states across the country lifted restrictions on businesses. The unemployment rate edged…
US economy adds 916,000 jobs as COVID recovery gains steamNew York PostThe US economy added 916,000 jobs in March — a stronger-than-expected gain adding fuel to the labor market’s accelerating recovery from the coronavirus crisis, the feds said Friday. The strongest job growth since August came as more Americans got…
US economy adds 916,000 jobs in March, unemployment falls to 6%FOXBusiness.comFox Business Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on FoxBusiness[.]com. The labor market’s recovery from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic gained further momentum in March as states continued to ease restrictions, boosting…
While lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions hit many economies last year in roughly equal measure, early evidence shows that the exit from the pandemic could be greatly lopsided hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/31I1HbIWSJ – TwitterWhile lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions hit many economies last year in roughly equal measure, early evidence shows that the exit from the pandemic could be greatly lopsided hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/31I1HbI
Geopolitical Impact
China sees a ‘weak India’, says Rahul Gandhi, explains why Congress is not winning electionsHindustan TimesIn a live conversation with Ambassador Nicholas Burns of Harvard Kennedy School on Friday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said China is occupying Indian territory as "we talk" and this is because China sees a "weak India, an India which is internally…
Covid-19 ‘lab leak theory’: China attacks India standTimes of IndiaNEW DELHI: After India supported WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus ’s call for a deeper probe into the origin of Covid-19, China responded on Friday by saying that the study of the virus’s origin was a matter of science and to politicise this issue would…
Digital payments: India pips China, US, others in 2020; leads global tally with this many transactionsFinancial ExpressIndia’s digital payments market led by Paytm, PhonePe, Pine Labs, Razorpay, BharatPe, and others has surged during the pandemic even as incentives such as cash backs, rewards, and offers have helped businesses to attract more customers. Amid Covid,…
India, Pakistan sign historic Kashmir peace dealMSN PhilippinesSRINAGAR: The machine guns peeking over parapets of small, sandbagged concrete bunkers and the heavy artillery cannons dug deep into Himalayan Kashmir’s rugged terrain have fallen silent. At least for now. The Line of Control, a highly militarized de…
Latin America asked for pandemic help. Russia and China heard the call.Christian Science MonitorMexico City Latin American governments – hard hit by the coronavirus – have been doling out their thanks for international help in recent weeks. But one nation has been notably missing from their thank-you’s: the United States. “Who would have guessed…
North Korea’s tactical nuclear weapons expand deterrence, riskAl JazeeraSeoul, South Korea – North Korea appears to be well on its way to becoming a mature nuclear state despite longstanding United Nations sanctions, after Pyongyang’s tests in late March of cruise and ballistic missiles capable of carrying tactical…
Putin accuses Ukraine of provoking armed conflict with pro-Russia seperatistsIrish IndependentPresident Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of provoking armed confrontation with pro-Russian separatists and failing to honour earlier agreements over its wartorn east, the Kremlin said in a readout of a telephone call with France and Germany’s…
Russia and China will make Northern Sea Route become the new Suez CanalPravdaAs it can be seen from last year's experience of cargo transportation along the Northern Sea Route, the limits of navigation are expanding due to climate change. New opportunities are opening up for the development of the natural resources of the…
S. Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Cooperation on Denuclearization of N. KoreaKorea Broadcasting SystemPhoto : YONHAP News Top security officials of South Korea, the United States and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation and a joint response to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue. National security adviser Suh Hoon held face-to-face…
‘Weaponised’ COVID restrictions stifle Hong Kong’s freedomAl JazeeraHong Kong, China – Restaurant owners are compelled by authorities to subject their customers to contact tracing. Teachers are ordered to be tested for COVID-19 regularly once school resumes in person after Easter. Any time more than four protesters…
Cybersecurity Impact
‘Real Housewives’ star Jen Shah pleads not guilty fraud, money laundering chargesYahoo! News AustraliaReal Housewives of Salt Lake City 's Jen Shah was arraigned on Friday, three days after she was arrested for her role in an alleged fraudulent telemarketing scheme. The Bravo star pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy…
7 Vital Cybersecurity Stocks for the Work-From-Home World Cybersecurity stocks remain one of the hottest sectors for investors looking for growth in 2021. The global pandemic spawned by the novel coronavirus became the catalyst to a massive technologic… hxxps://binged[.]it/3mnZ7kD hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1378288930932592640/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – Twitter7 Vital Cybersecurity Stocks for the Work-From-Home World Cybersecurity stocks remain one of the hottest sectors for investors looking for growth in 2021. The global pandemic spawned by the novel coronavirus became the catalyst to a massive…
As ransomware stalks the manufacturing sector, victims are still keeping quietCyberscoop – NewsHalvor Molland was asleep on a brisk night in Oslo, Norway’s capital, two years ago when his phone rang around 3 a.m. The computer servers of Norsk Hydro, the global aluminum producer where Molland is senior vice president for…
Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the COVID vaccine rolloutTownsvilleBulletin.com.auThe Australian Communications and Media Authority has put out a warning, urging people to be on the lookout for online scams related to COVID-19 vaccinations. Tech Guide Editor Stephen Fenech says the latest scams coming through SMS and email are…
Data Breaches – W/E – 4/2/21Tech-Wreck InfoSec Blog  Official PHP Git Server Closed After Hacking Attempt (03/29/2021) The PHP Development Team responsible for the scripting language used on most of the world's…
DeKalb’s COVID-19 rent assistance program targeted in cyberattackAtlanta Journal And ConstitutionCobb County commissioners last week approved setting aside $22.8 million in emergency rental assistance grants, which was approved by Congress and signed into law in December. The grants can be used to pay rent, utilities and other expenses related…
Lawmakers urge Education Department to take action to defend schools from cyber threatsThe HillReps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) on Friday urged the Department of Education to prioritize protecting K-12 institutions from cyberattacks, which have shot up in the past year as classes moved increasingly online during the…
RT @nigroeneveld: IcedID Banking Trojan Uses COVID-19 Pandemic to Lure New Victims hxxps://www[.]f5[.]com/labs/articles/threat-intelligence/icedid-banking-trojan-uses-covid-19-pandemic-to-lure-new-victimsInfosecNewsBot – TwitterRT @nigroeneveld: IcedID Banking Trojan Uses COVID-19 Pandemic to Lure New Victims hxxps://www[.]f5[.]com/labs/articles/threat-intelligence/icedid-banking-trojan-uses-covid-19-pandemic-to-lure-new-victims
Ransomware gang wanted $40 million in Florida schools cyberattackBleeping ComputerFueled by large payments from victims, ransomware gangs have started to demand ridiculous ransoms from organizations that can not afford to pay them. An example of this is a recently revealed ransomware attack on the Broward County Public Schools…

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