03 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • As Italy eases restrictions, tourists are back to Florence (France24)
  • Blistering Simbine leads SA to gold in Poland (Ofm.co.za)
  • CORONAVIRUS: India flight ban comes into force (9News.com.au)
  • Canada preparing to send COVID-19 medical equipment from emergency stockpile to India (Global News Canada)
  • Canada’s muddled Covid response leaves it struggling with third wave (FT.com – World, Americas)
  • Churches become a Covid battleground in Brazil (FT.com – World, Americas)
  • Devastating virus surge spreads impact into India’s politics (star-telegram.com)
  • Dreaming Of Travel To Italy? There’s A New Airline Option For Your Post-Vaccination Vacations (Forbes.com)
  • Euphoric clubbers hit dance floor again as Spain trials digital COVID-19 pass (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy unveils plan for new floor at the Colosseum (BBC)
  • Japan, China and South Korea vow ‘targeted’ support for pandemic recovery (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Madeleine McCann suspect to be charged with rape of Irish woman in Portugal resort (Irish Independent)
  • Mass. residents from India, Brazil watch COVID-19 horrors unfold in their native countries (Boston Globe)
  • May Day protests turn violent in Portland when rioters destroyed buildings and fought police (TheWashingtonTime.com)
  • New Zealand loses top spot for best place to be during Covid to Singapore – New Zealand (The Guardian)
  • Nigeria Bans Travelers From India, Brazil on Coronavirus Fears (Bloomberg)
  • The China Challenge: Why China’s disingenuity matters to New Zealand (stuff.co.nz)
  • UK – Boris Johnson to unveil union-saving blueprint after Holyrood elections (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – How Boris Johnson can address the problem of wallpaper bills at No 10 (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak claims second referendum would put Scotland’s recovery at risk (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Scottish election 2021: Boris Johnson to unveil ‘sweeteners’ for Scottish voters ahead of election (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Wrong to focus on ‘sleaze’ allegations against Boris Johnson while India is suffering, minister says (The Independent)
  • US – A California dad led a fight to restart team sports at his son’s high school, drawing support from parents statewide. Meantime, his teen’s interest shifted to other fields. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3xC8IJE (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – After Trump Endorsement, Widow Of Texas Congressman Killed By Covid-19 Advances To Runoff Election (Forbes.com)
  • US – Foreign investors stocked up on U.S. securities during pandemic: U.S. Treasury (Seeking Alpha)
  • US – Getting the second half of the state’s population to take the vaccine for COVID-19 is the challenge (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Local governments started streaming public meetings as COVID came to Iowa. Will they keep up the practice after the pandemic? (Des Moines Register)
  • US – Michigan schools serve millions fewer meals in pandemic, with financial consequences (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – Northeast Ohio car sales jump nearly 8% despite supply shortages amid pandemic (Cleveland.com)
  • US – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown defends throwing state back into COVID lockdown (Mail Online UK)
  • US – The CDC’s cruel, irrational guidance traps our kids in the forever pandemic (New York Post)
  • US – Trump-backed candidate whose husband died of Covid advances to congressional runoff in Texas (The Independent)
  • US – What a Colorado bill to change policing and lower jail populations really says (Denver Post)
  • US – Who is getting COVID-19 in Oregon’s fourth surge? (Oregonian)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Wanted in France: Thousands of Workers as Hotels and Restaurants Reopen (NYT.com Main News)
  • ‘Stark contrast’: how Covid pass is helping Denmark open up (The Guardian)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • As COVID rages in India, Peter Hotez’s vaccine provides hope to prevent future waves (Houston Chronicle)
  • Covid : une étude démontre qu’une dose de vaccin réduit de moitié la transmission (BBC)
  • Covid-19 live updates: India’s vaccine shortage to last months, top manufacturer warns (Washington Post)
  • Defeating COVID locally means addressing vaccine hesitancy globally (The Hill)
  • Filipino Cop Who Received Sinovac Vaccine Dies Of COVID-19 (International Business Times)
  • In India’s Crisis, the Virus Rages Amid Vaccine Shortages (NYT.com Main News)
  • Mass. reports 37,597 new COVID-19 vaccinations Sunday (Boston Globe)
  • So coronavirus vaccines aren’t perfect. They’re still very, very effective (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Study reveals new broadly neutralizing and protective antibody against coronaviruses (News-Medical.Net)
  • The highly contagious U.K. Covid-19 variant is making the pandemic harder to control in the U.S.. But it also comes with a silver lining: The authorized vaccines work well against it. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3ebxokQ (WSJ – Twitter)
Societal & Economic Impact
A petition urging the government to give $2,000 monthly stimulus checks to every American has surpassed 2 million signaturesBusiness InsiderProtesters rally demanding economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City on August 5, 2020. A petition calling for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks has reached more than 2 million signatures. The petition argues the three stimulus…
Areas and population groups in Pakistan most exposed to combined effects of climate change, food insecurity and COVID-19Prevention WebThis rapid review looks at areas and population groups in Pakistan most exposed to the combined effects of climate change and natural disasters, food insecurity and malnutrition, and COVID-19. There are strong interlinkages between the effects of…
Brazil Economy Minister Says Won’t Resign During GloboBloombergGuedes forecasts Brazil’s economy will grow 3% in 2022 Says economy ministry to aggressively persue reform measures Brazilian Economy Minister Paulo Guedes will not leave his post while the coronavirus pandemic continues, he told O Globo newspaper….
COVID-19 diet: Khichdi is a ‘safe’ option; other healthy foods that patients can eatIndian ExpressWhile many people have opened services to provide special COVID meals to those in need, there has been some confusion as to what patients should eat. Chef Saransh Goila, who has been curating a list of COVID meal providers across the country , took to…
Covid Negative Report Must For Air Travellers To Uttar PradeshNDTVUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the officials that a statewide campaign be run in the rural areas, after the panchayat elections are over, to screen the people infected with COVID-19.
Foreign investors stocked up on U.S. securities during pandemic: U.S. TreasurySeeking AlphaThe pandemic didn't scare away non-U.S. investors from putting their money into U.S. securities, according to a recent U.S. Treasury report. See which countries invested the most in the U.S.
Hong Kong ends longest recession in decadesYahoo! News AustraliaHong Kong's economy jumped back into growth in the first quarter of the year, official figures showed Monday, ending the city's most pronounced period of recession in its modern history. The international financial hub has been battered the last 18…
Turkey to Exempt S. Korean Travelers from Presenting Negative COVID TestsKorea Broadcasting SystemPhoto : YONHAP News Turkey will exempt travelers from South Korea and 15 other countries and regions from presenting negative COVID-19 test results from May 15. According to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, Ankara's Health Ministry said on Sunday…
UAE economy shrank 6.1% last year amid preliminary dataBusiness Standard IndiaThe United Arab Emirates' economy shrank 6.1% last year, the country's statistics centre said on Sunday citing preliminary data, as the coronavirus crisis hit several key sectors DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates' economy shrank 6.1% last…
WATCH | The homelessness pandemic: ‘When Covid-19 started until now, my life is the same’Times Live South AfricaHomeless shelters across SA have found themselves overwhelmed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frida Hartley shelter for women is one of the shelters that have managed to keep afloat. According to their COO Cheryl Hlabane, the shelter has mostly been…
Geopolitical Impact
Backlash after China Weibo post mocks India Covid crisisBBC News – ChinaThe post, by an account linked to the Chinese Communist Party, is deleted after sparking outrage.
COVID Crisis: From Pakistan To France, Countries That Came Forward to Support IndiaIndia TodayAs India faces severe shortages, several countries reached out to India to provide assistance with medical supplies such as raw materials needed for vaccines, critical covid-related medical supplies, oxygen generation equipment, and for an enhanced…
China social media post mocks India Covid crisisBBCA social media post from an account linked to the Chinese Communist party has sparked controversy for appearing to mock India over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The post on Chinese site Weibo showed an image of a rocket launch in China…
Covid update: Poll win celebrations; China mocks India; Haryana, Odisha lockdownHindustan TimesAbout The Video From lockdown announcement in Haryana, Odisha to polls results amid pandemic, here are the top updates on coronavirus. Election Commission of India on Sunday told political parties that its ban on victory procession is being flouted….
India closes gap with China in minting new unicorns as investor appetite for tech growsDealStreetAsiaIndia is rapidly closing the gap with China in minting new unicorns — privately held startups valued at $1 billion or more — highlighting growing investor appetite for tech startups in the country as the pandemic accelerates adoption of digital…
Philippines FM tells China to ‘Get the f— out’ in tweet over South China Sea disputeFOXNews.comTeodoro Loscin, the Philippine foreign minister, took to Twitter on Monday to criticize  China over what he called Beijing’s illegal activities in the South China Sea, a report said. "China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see…O…GET THE…
Russia turns to China for shot at meeting Sputnik demandSouth China Morning PostOrders for the vaccine are soaring but there are few signs that overseas contractors have been able to make much of the product Chinese companies have been enlisted in recent weeks to help fill the gap in production
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the threat posed by ChinaCBS NewsIn his first 100 days, President Biden focused on the coronavirus pandemic, but over the course of his term, the Biden presidency will be defined by how the United States competes with China. In a few years, China's economy is expected to surpass the…
Cybersecurity Impact
‘Data breach’ reportedly exposes 345K sensitive SolGen documentsCNN PhilippinesMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3) — The Office of the Solicitor General of the Philippines suffered an alleged "data breach", making some 345,000 sensitive documents accessible to the public for at least two months, London-based security firm…
Cybersecurity control failures listed as top emerging riskHelp Net Security – NewsCybersecurity control failures was listed as the top emerging risk in 1Q21 in a global poll of 165 senior executives across function and geography, according to Gartner. Despite a myriad of risks resulting from the pandemic, such as the new work…
DDoS attackers stick to their target even if they are unsuccessfulHelp Net Security – NewsLink11 has released its DDoS report for Q1 2021 which revealed the number of DDoS attacks continued to grow. Between January and March, more than double the number of attacks than the same period in the previous year were recorded. This suggest…
Data breach alerts in S’pore up on new reporting rules, more cyber threats: ExpertsStraits TimesSINGAPORE – The number of data breach alerts Singapore's data protection watchdog received has tripled in the February-March period compared with the previous two months. This comes amid a string of potential personal data leaks reported in recent…
How the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic

hxxps://www[.]cyberscoop[.]com/plum-island-darpa-cyber-exercise-grid/ hxxps://twitter[.]com/CyberScoopNews/status/1388950931862171651/photo/1CyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic

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