04 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Belgium Gazettes Royal Decree Reducing VAT Rate for Hospitality Industry Due to Coronavirus (Bloomberg Law)
  • COVID-19 Second Wave | Challenges to India’s global reputation (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Condor to run reduced services to France (itv.com)
  • Fight against India’s COVID-19 second wave: UAE firms waive charges on remittances (India Blooms)
  • Germany Moves to Ease Covid Rules (Bloomberg)
  • Germany grants Libya 5 million euros for vaccination campaign (Panapress.com)
  • Germany to ease restrictions for vaccinated people (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany’s Oktoberfest cancelled again over Covid (BBC)
  • India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 2 crore (The Hindu)
  • Indonesia’s ‘top priority’ is handling Covid variants, tourism minister says (CNBC)
  • Netherlands postpones next stage of planned national reopening (Irish Times)
  • Nigeria bans travellers from India, Brazil on virus fears (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • People have let their guard down owing to pandemic fatigue: Malaysian health chief (The Straits Times All News)
  • Police break up anti-lockdown party in Belgium (Reuters)
  • Spain meets first Covid-19 vaccination goal: 5 million immunized with both doses (El País)
  • Spain, Greece and their islands predicted to not make the green UK travel list (Liverpool Echo)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, May 3, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson Predicts Lockdown Ending June 21 as He Seeks Votes (Bloomberg)
  • UK – Boris Johnson has plenty to weigh up when it comes to easing travel restrictions (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson is urged by MPs to speed up end of Covid lockdown  (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson vows ‘cautious’ approach to foreign holidays this summer (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Matt Hancock confirms 50 millionth Covid vaccination in UK (Herald Scotland)
  • US – Alabama governor says pandemic is ‘managed,’ orders to end (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Arizona COVID-19 updates: State to require people to look for work to receive unemployment (AZCentral.com)
  • US – Back to the future? Kansas lawmakers risk reopening school funding lawsuit (KansasCity.com)
  • US – Connecticut lagged most states in personal income growth during COVID-19 pandemic, new report finds (Hartford Courant)
  • US – DeSantis Says Florida Will Lift Coronavirus Restrictions to Focus on Voting Restrictions (New Yorker)
  • US – Florida Governor Suspends Local Coronavirus Emergency Orders (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – Michigan beats Ohio in this COVID-19 ranking (Detroit Free Press)
  • US – New York, Florida announce lifting of Covid-19 restrictions (The Straits Times All News)
  • US – Pritzker says ‘bridge’ phase before full reopening could come next week: ‘Common view is that Illinois has weathered the storm’ (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – The Risks to Reopening New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (Bloomberg)
  • US ban on travellers from India comes into effect from today (Business Standard India)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What went wrong in India’s handling of Covid-19 (CNN)
  • ‘Horrible’ weeks ahead as India’s virus catastrophe worsens (star-telegram.com)
Actions by Companies
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank posts 125% rise in Q1 net profit (Gulf Business)
  • Accenture pledges $25 million for Covid-19 relief in India (Economic Times)
  • Adecco returns to modest growth at start of year (Nasdaq)
  • After 28 years, Galeri Petronas closes its doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic (Malay Mail)
  • Airbus gets cash boost from flurry of new jet deliveries (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Brazil’s Itau beats estimate on lower provisions, trading gains (Mail Online UK)
  • COVID-19 jabs from AstraZeneca for private firm employees start in June — Concepcion (Manila Bulletin)
  • CSL open to new manufacturing options after AstraZeneca production (WA Today)
  • Chubb Says Physical Damage Absent In COVID Coverage Suit (Law360)
  • Denmark drops J&J vaccine from Covid vaccination programme (CourierMail.com.au Breaking News)
  • Denmark to allow voluntary use of Covid-19 shots from J&J, AstraZeneca, Ekstra Bladet reports (Malay Mail)
  • Deutsche Bank On COVID Surge | Kaushik Das Exclusive (Yahoo! India)
  • Epic CEO Says Lifting Fortnite Sales Isn’t Why He’s Suing Apple (Bloomberg)
  • Eskom corruption: Tenders worth R178 billion ‘red-flagged’ in a decade – SIU (567 CapeTalk)
  • Estee Lauder shares fall as pandemic curbs makeup usage (Newsday)
  • Geberit Q1 Profit Climbs; Says FY21 Forecasts Not Changed – Quick Facts (Business Insider)
  • Hyundai’s global sales double in April despite Covid-19 challenges (Hindustan Times)
  • In Covid-19 survivors, single Pfizer dose boosts response against key strains: study (Indian Express)
  • Iveda resumes work on $1.7M contract from Chunghwa Telecom (Seeking Alpha)
  • Lenovo Philippines expects surge in sales to continue as work-from-home arrangements likely to stay (GMA News Online)
  • Malaysia to expand AstraZeneca voluntary opt-in Covid-19 vaccination programme (Straits Times)
  • Mastercard sees a surge in alternative payments during the pandemic (CNBC)
  • Nomura to donate Rs 15 crore for Covid-19 relief in India (Ani News)
  • Petrobras oil workers to strike over pandemic handling (Seeking Alpha)
  • Pfizer seeks speedy nod for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine supply in India (Financial Express)
  • SBI allocates Rs 71 cr to combat 2nd Covid wave (Times of India)
  • Samsung pledges $5mn for COVID-19 relief efforts (Outlook India)
  • Samsung pledges Rs 37 cr to help India fight Covid 2.0 (IANS Live)
  • Samsung, Mondelez make contribution for Covid relief efforts in India (Hindu Business Line)
  • Single dose of Pfizer in Covid-19 survivors boosts response against key strains, says study (Financial Express)
  • Situation is heartbreaking: ArcelorMittal CEO on India’s coronavirus crisis (Business Standard India)
  • Telstra blames COVID impact for ACMA fine (TheAge.com)
  • Turkish Airlines Posts Rare Industry Profit Amid Cargo Boost (Bloomberg)
  • Volvo Car hikes prices by up to Rs 2 lakh to offset rising input costs (Outlook India)
  • What Does Digital Mean For Adobe? (B&T Online)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Arizona COVID-19 updates: State to require people to look for work to receive unemploymentAZCentral.comArizona reported 652 new COVID-19 cases and no new known deaths Monday as trends remained similar to previous weeks. The state's seven-day average for new reported COVID-19 cases was 727 on Monday. The average had reached as high as 9,800 in January,…
Delhi govt to provide free ration; financial aid to auto, taxi driversHindustan TimesAbout The Video Delhi govt to give free ration and extend financial help to those hit by Covid lockdown. CM Kejriwal said the government will give free ration for two months to all ration card holders. Kejriwal said the government will extend…
Florida governor DeSantis suspends Covid restrictions: ‘We are no longer in a state of emergency’CNBCFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Monday that immediately suspends the state's remaining Covid-19 public health restrictions. "I think that's the evidence-based thing to do," DeSantis said at a Monday press conference….
Gov. Kevin Stitt rescinds COVID-19 state of emergencyTulsa WorldGov. Kevin Stitt rescinded the COVID-19 State of Emergency in a Monday executive order. The executive order, which goes into effect Tuesday, comes after Oklahoma's seven-day average of new cases has gone down 94 percent from its peak, Stitt said in a…
Is it over yet? Still no recession end date as U.S. economy hums alongReutersWASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is growing at its fastest rate since the early 1980s while household bank accounts are bulging with cash doled out by the federal government to blunt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Over 900,000…
Petition asking government for monthly $2,000 stimulus checks passes 2 million signaturesThe HillAn online petition calling on Congress to deliver $2,000 monthly stimulus checks to Americans to help remedy the economic blow caused by the coronavirus pandemic has garnered more than 2 million signatures. The Change[.]org petition was started last…
Philippines lowers COVID-19 contact-tracing standardABS-CBN NewsThe Philippines is lowering its standard for COVID-19 contact-tracing to a more “reasonable” ratio, an official leading the strategy said on Tuesday. Contact-tracing "czar" and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier said authorities should locate…
Rajasthan: To save family, elderly couple who tested COVID-19 positive commit suicideThe Freepress JournalThe ever-increasing number of Covid-19 cases and mismanagement in the hospitals is now affecting the mental health of the people. In a shocking incident, an elderly couple committed suicide in Kota, Rajasthan on Sunday. The couple had tested positive…
Think tank backs wage subsidy for workers affected by pandemicABS-CBN NewsSocial Amelioration Program beneficiaries from San Juan City. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News MANILA – An independent think tank on Monday called on lawmakers to allocate funds for wage subsidies for workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Action for…
Why some older workers fared worse during Covid-19 than the Great RecessionCNBCThe Covid-19 pandemic has not disproportionately impacted older workers. Yet when compared to the Great Recession, some ages 50 and up may have been hit harder than others. New research finds that low earners in that age cohort are slightly worse off…
Geopolitical Impact
Businesses eyeing fresh trade agreement between India and UK, says UKIBCBusiness Standard IndiaThe UKIBC said it expected to see a step-change in the volume and nature of the trade and investment relationship between the two countries Businesses are looking forward to India and the UK implementing an Enhanced Trade Partnership that would…
China and U.S. mishandling of COVID-19 is subject of new doc ‘In the Same Breath’CTV NewsTORONTO — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a reckoning with many issues, such as elder care standards, attitudes about vaccines, and national and global inequalities in health resources. But in her documentary “ In the Same Breath,” filmmaker Nanfu…
China mocks India in social media posts, prompting backlashThe HillChina is facing backlash after a social media account linked to the ruling Communist Party shared a post mocking India’s struggles to contain COVID-19. According to a CNN report , an account linked to the Central Commission for Political and Legal…
China, India vaccine diplomacy: The selfish & the altruistIANS LivePhoto Credit: IANS IANSLive New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) As the world staggers in its attempts to control the Covid-19 pandemic through vaccination of the people, two vaccine-producing nations in Asia, China and India, take diverse routes to share their…
Democrats outraged at China ban are ‘completely ok’ with India ban under Joe BidenGoldCoastBulletin.com.auNone of the people who were outraged at America’s travel ban on China at the beginning of the pandemic are protesting now it is “America under team blue” banning travel from India, says Sky News host Paul Murray. The Biden administration announced it…
Global Border Control Policies Will Be Necessary To Control The PandemicForbes.comThe recent travel bans imposed on travelers from India and Pakistan by governments across the Middle East and in parts of Europe and North America will likely do very little to stem the spread of the new Indian variant. The variant has already…
In India’s Covid-19 challenge, China’s hopes and anxietiesHindustan TimesThe longer it takes to address the immediate challenges, the higher will be the individual, social, economic and reputational costs. Therefore, any supplies that help in augmenting capacity should be welcomed, irrespective of where they come from The…
Travel ban on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh extended until…Khaleej TimesOman’s Supreme Committee also suspended flights from Egypt and the Philippines. Oman announced on Tuesday that it would suspend entry for flights coming in from Egypt and the Philippines until further notice. According to the Oman News Agency, the…
US Briefs S. Korea on New N. Korea PolicyKorea Broadcasting SystemPhoto : YONHAP News The U.S. has shared the outcome of a months-long review of its North Korea policy with Seoul. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken briefed the results of the Joe Biden administration’s review during his bilateral talks with South…
We’ve had information campaigns on Brexit and Covid. What about the climate?The GuardianIn the runup to Cop26, public knowledge about the crisis is shallow, with few understanding the scale of the threat O ne of the key lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic is that strong policies require strong public engagement: people needed to understand…
Zimbabwe: Power Utility Pushes for Tariffs IncreaseAllAfrica.comConsumers should brace for yet another hike in tariffs amid revelations that the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) is in the process of seeking regulatory authority to increase tariffs. The current tariffs are pegged at 7,5 United States…
Cybersecurity Impact
@frontline_ops This is the first time the US government will go on record to disclose what information it knows about the UFO phenomena, and yes, same report snuck in through the backdoor as part of the Covid relief bill.hackerfantastic – Twitter@frontline_ops This is the first time the US government will go on record to disclose what information it knows about the UFO phenomena, and yes, same report snuck in through the backdoor as part of the Covid relief bill.
Alaska court system forced offline by cyberattackThe HillThe Alaska Court System (ACS) was forced to temporarily disconnect its online servers this week due to a cyberattack that installed malware on their systems, disrupting virtual court hearings. According to a statement put out by ACS on Saturday, the…
Bank of America Tech Chief Says Cyber Attacks Have Surged ‘Dramatically’Bloomberg-Quint(Bloomberg) — Bank of America Corp. is devoting more resources to fighting cyberattacks after seeing a jump in threats amid the pandemic. The company’s centralized global information-security unit has boosted spending in recent years to about $1…
Data breaches spikeStraits TimesMore cases registered as new reporting rules kick in, say experts who also note a rise in cyber-security threats as hackers exploit work-from-home arrangements The number of data breach alerts received by Singapore's data protection watchdog tripled…
Hackers Break Into $2 Billion Delivery Startup GlovoForbes.comA cybercriminal has managed to break into the $2 billion-valued Spanish delivery startup Glovo. The hacker was selling access to both customer and courier accounts, with the ability to change their passwords, though the company has stressed to Forbes…
India’s Catastrophic Coronavirus Surge Highlights Global VulnerabilitiesUS News & World ReportWhile some countries are making progress on coronavirus vaccinations and even looking toward relaxing mitigation measures, India is seeing the worst outbreak of the pandemic – one that highlights that the crisis is still far from over. India's massive…
Magecart scammers aim at restaurants’ online delivery systemsCyberscoop – NewsCybercriminals are increasingly targeting third-party infrastructure that restaurants across the U.S. use to place online orders, private investigators have found. The last six months have seen hacks of five online ordering platforms,…
Most Common Causes of Data Breach and How to Prevent ItSecurity AffairsWhich are the most common causes of a Data Breach and how to prevent It? How can organizations prevent it? Data breaches are highly damaging and equally embarrassing for businesses and consumers. If you look at Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach…
The Cybersecurity 202: The Justice Department launched a 120-day review into its cybersecurity strategyWashington Postwith Aaron Schaffer The Justice Department will launch a wide-ranging four-month review into its strategy for defending and deterring emerging cyberthreats, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in her first comments on the international stage…

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