06 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • 50000 people to die in India by April 15? Here’s the truth behind viral claim (DNA India)
  • Austrias Ischgl- A ski resort struggling to restore its image – DW Travel – DW – 12.03.2021 (Deutsche Welle)
  • Coronavirus digest: New Zealand to open border to Australia in ‘travel bubble’ (Deutsche Welle)
  • Explained in 10 charts: The rise of Covid-19 second wave in India (Times of India)
  • First Surveillance of Violence against Women during COVID-19 Lockdown: Experience from “Niguarda” Hospital in Milan, Italy (MDPI)
  • Germany faces calls for nationwide approach to Covid restrictions (The Guardian)
  • Germany launches new voluntary military service program (Deutsche Welle)
  • Greece, Portugal ease Covid-19 restrictions (France24)
  • Japan fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible fourth wave (NationalPost.com)
  • Japan fears coronavirus variants are fueling possible fourth wave (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Ministers in France accused of secret dining during COVID-19 pandemic (Sky News Latest)
  • Number of jobless falls in Spain for first time since September (Mail Online UK)
  • Pakistan to vaccinate 80-year-olds and above at their homes (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Siestanomics? Spain’s Ruling Socialists Launch Nationwide Test Of 4-Day Work Week (Zero Hedge)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, April 5, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, April 6, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE Family Businesses Show Resilience, Social Commitment during The Pandemic (Dubai Chronicle)
  • UK – Boris Johnson Eases Covid-19 Restrictions (New York Times)
  • UK – Boris Johnson confirms pubs, bars and restaurants can reopen from April 12 (Liverpool Echo)
  • UK – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the U.K. will begin to relax more public-health restrictions starting next week and remains on course to fully reopen its economy by the summer hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3rM3YgA (WSJ – Twitter)
  • UK – Pubs will reopen on April 12 – and I’ll see you there, says Boris Johnson (Telegraph)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak launches new loan scheme with £10m business grants to kickstart economy after lockdown  (Mail Online UK)
  • US – ‘People are dying’: Emotional nurse on Michigan coronavirus surge (CNN)
  • US – Arizona Governor Signs COVID-19 Liability Shield (US News & World Report)
  • US – Bar opening in rural Illinois linked to COVID-19 outbreak that infected 46, prompted school closure (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – Big, outdoor events OK under simplified Ohio pandemic orders (Journal-News)
  • US – CDC Releases New Guidance On How To Clean Your Home Amid COVID-19 (International Business Times)
  • US – CDC warns bars, restaurants could become COVID-19 superspreaders as businesses reopen (Washington Times)
  • US – CDC: A bar opening in Illinois leads to 46 COVID-19 cases (Boston Globe)
  • US – California nears COVID vaccine target to ease reopening rules (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Illinois Bar Opening Event Results In At Least 46 People with Covid-19 (Forbes.com)
  • US – Illinois’ COVID-19 positivity rate holds steady at two-month high, hospitalizations jump to highest level in over a month (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – Montana governor tests positive for COVID-19 (The Hill)
  • US – Public trust in CDC drops across all demographics during pandemic (UPI)
  • US – Reopening night at rural Illinois bar leads to COVID-19 outbreak (New York Post)
  • US – Younger people seem to be contracting more transmissible variants, causing another COVID-19 surge in Michigan (Business Insider India)
  • WHO report on Covid-19 origin fails to satisfy China critics (The Star SA)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Western Sahara demands UN seat, blasts France and Spain (Mail Online UK)
  • Where To Chill Out: 11 Perfect Hotel Terraces In Portugal (Forbes.com)
Actions by Companies
  • $100K Rollable LG TV Now On Sale (Channel News Australia)
  • 9th Circuit reopens False Claims Act lawsuit over Medtronic spine-surgery device (Reuters)
  • AirAsia aims to re-hire retrenched employees, says Fernandes (Malay Mail)
  • Ametek Looking To Get Back To Meaningful M&A As Pandemic Challenges Ease (Seeking Alpha)
  • Australia job ads jump to 12-year high in March – ANZ (Reuters)
  • BP Poised to Restart Buybacks After Reaching Debt Target Early (Bloomberg)
  • BP cuts debt load ahead of schedule (Financial Times – UK Homepage)
  • Back from the brink, Yes Bank reinstates its deposit base but loans flounder (Livemint.com)
  • Bank of India to allot preferential shares to govt for Rs 3,000 crore (Business Standard India)
  • Boliden sees 300 mln SEK hit from COVID, production snags in Q1 (Nasdaq)
  • Boris Johnson confirms reopening date for non-essential retailers such as Primark, Ikea and Next (Liverpool Echo)
  • COVID Vaccine Update: Seven Deaths Seen After Using AstraZeneca’s Vaccine (MedIndia)
  • CSL and research partners give up on plans to develop COVID treatment (Brisbane Times)
  • Covid travel bans slash Ryanair passenger numbers by 81% to 27.5 million (Irish Times)
  • Covid-19 vaccine Australia: Experts to decide this week if AstraZeneca jab will continue (Mail Online UK)
  • Delta reopens some middle seats, cancels 100 flights due to staffing shortage (NationalPost.com)
  • Easyjet warns Boris Johnson’s travel plan is only for ‘people who can afford it’ (Liverpool Echo)
  • Google letters social distance, wear face masks in new quirky doodle (Hindustan Times)
  • JOIN US ON APRIL 13: Executives from Lenovo, Qualcomm, and Oura discuss the trends that are shaping mobile tech (Business Insider)
  • Masks are still important, reminds Google with an adorable doodle (Economic Times)
  • Netflix faces shortage of new shows to stream online because Covid pandemic (India Today)
  • Netflix originals have fallen 12% this year as pandemic-driven production delays catch up with the industry (Business Insider)
  • Netflix's dominance in streaming market takes a hit amid pandemic (The Hill – All Business & Lobbying)
  • Oracle (ORCL) Unveils Cloud Lift Services: Major Takeaways (Zacks.com)
  • Panasonic, LG, Voltas expect high white goods demand this year; here’s why (Business Today India)
  • Petrobras (PBR) Hits Record March S-10 Diesel Despite Coronavirus (Zacks.com)
  • South Africa signs deal for 20 million Pfizer COVID-19 doses (Today Online)
  • Subaru temporarily closing plant due to chip shortage (The Hill)
  • Tata Motors opens ten new PV showrooms in Delhi-NCR within a 24-hour span (Business Standard India)
  • US FDA nod to Teva for key specialty product to weigh on Sun Pharma (Business Standard India)
  • Volvo Car India to cover Covid-19 vaccination cost of all employees, their family members (India Today)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • All phase one priority groups now offered a coronavirus vaccine, Government says (itv.com)
  • COVID-19 often starts with fever; Johnson & Johnson takes control of Baltimore vaccine plant: Coronavirus update for April 5, 2021 (Cleveland.com)
  • Can universal vaccines and treatments against future SARS-CoV-2 variants be developed? (News-Medical.Net)
  • Florida ofrece vacuna contra el coronavirus a todo adulto (Chicago Tribune)
  • Indian states call for vaccine age restriction to be lowered as Covid-19 cases surge (CNN)
  • NY, Md open vaccines to anyone over 16: Latest COVID-19 updates (AZCentral.com)
  • New nanoparticle SARS-CoV-2 vaccine confers robust protection with single dose after two weeks (News-Medical.Net)
  • Phase 1 clinical study of unique vaccine to protect against COVID-19 begins (News-Medical.Net)
  • Presidente argentino dio positivo en COVID-19 a pesar de recibir la vacuna rusa (Chicago Tribune)
  • Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Coronavirus Vaccine (San Diego Union Tribune)
Societal & Economic Impact
Americans have saved $1.6 trillion since the pandemic started and it poses little inflation risk, the Fed saysBusiness Insider IndiaGradual reopening and widespread vaccination have economists wondering how Americans will spend in a post-pandemic economy . Researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York see little cause for concern. Americans enjoyed a savings surge during the…
Bihar pollution board seeks check on air pollution amid Covid-19 surgeHindustan TimesWith the air quality index (AQI) in Patna and other cities remaining in the range between poor to hazardous, the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) has reiterated the need for government agencies’ help to curb toxic emissions and release of…
Brazil favela residents protest hunger and pandemic responseSpecial Broadcasting ServiceResidents of some of Brazil's largest favelas protested in Sao Paulo against an inadequate government response to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Experts see no link between Punjab Covid-19 surge, farm protest gatheringsHindustan TimesPunjab health department experts say there is no direct link between flouting of Covid-19 protocols at the farmers’ protests against the Centre’s three agriculture laws and a surge in the cases of virus infection in the state. State Covid-19 nodal…
India grapples with rising Maoist violence, fueled by pandemicNationalPost.comIndian security forces have stepped up operations against ultra left-wing guerrillas deep in the forests of a mineral-rich central state after they killed 22 police in an ambush at the weekend, a top police officer said on Monday….
India’s women bear the brunt of unemployment in pandemicDeutsche WelleMany women in India, especially those working in the informal sector, have either lost their jobs or seen a sharp fall in their income during the pandemic.
Monetary Policy: GDP growth projections may be left unchanged amid Covid-19Business Standard IndiaIt is likely to keep policy rates on hold, maintain its accommodative stance going into FY22, and sound dovish amid rising Covid-19 cases The recent rise in Covid-19 cases in India is a stark reminder of the uncertain times we live in. It also…
One killed after Bangladesh police fire on Covid-19 protestersThe Straits Times All NewsApril 06, 2021 2:40 PM DHAKA (AFP) – One protester was killed and at least three others are in critical condition after police in Bangladesh opened fire on a violent protest against coronavirus restrictions, officials said.
WA ranked No. 1 on list of economies least hit by COVID-19seattlepi.comWashington in recent weeks has been slowly opening up its economy as more people across the state get vaccinated. About two weeks ago, every county in the state moved to Phase 3 of Washington's reopening plan, meaning most indoor places including…
‘Capex cycle in motion; economy to build back better and stronger’Indian ExpressHaving successfully managed the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic , India is well prepared to combat the scourge of the second wave, the Finance Ministry’s monthly economic report said. “After battling a historic pandemic in FY 2020-21, the Indian…
Geopolitical Impact
18 Antique towns enforce ‘courtesy’ border controlPanay NewsSAN JOSE, Antique – Beginning yesterday, Antique province’s 18 municipalities enforced what they termed as “courtesy border control” to regulate the movement of people and stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Gov. Rhodora Cadiao…
2M doses of Covid-19 vaccines from China, Russia to arrive this month: GalvezPhilippines Daily TribuneThe Philippines is expecting the arrival of two million doses of anti-coronavirus vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute this month, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said Tuesday. At a Palace briefing,…
Bringing China-US ties where they need to beCHINAdaily.com.cnEditor's Note: Thomas L. Friedman, author, political commentator and weekly columnist for The New York Times, and Wang Huiyao, president of the Center for China and Globalization, discussed online the future of globalization and China-US relations on…
China Tells Japan to Stay Out of Hong Kong, Xinjiang IssuesBloombergForeign ministers from both countries spoke by phone Monday Call comes ahead of Japanese premier’s summit with Biden China urged Japan to steer clear of “internal issues” including Hong Kong and Xinjiang as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga…
China and Russia’s plot to undermine vaccine rolloutGoldCoastBulletin.com.auChina and Russia are overtly and covertly trying to undermine the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Western countries, like Australia.
China’s rebound ‘very important’ for global trade: WTO chiefShenzhen DailyTHE economic rebound in China is “very important” for global trade as the world continues to attempt to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in an interview in…
Duterte: South China Sea rift won’t affect friendly ties between Philippines and Beijingthestar.com.myMANILA, April 6 (dpa): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday his country's dispute with Beijing over activity in the South China Sea will not affect "bilateral friendly relations." "We will continue to resolve the issues on [the Whitsun…
NWMO submits annual report to Natural Resources MinisterToronto Star OnlineTORONTO – The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) released their annual report to Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, Seamus O’Regan, on March 25. NWMO is required to supply the annual report to conform to the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act. The…
Pakistan faces dilemma over trade ties with IndiaDeutsche WelleThe Pakistani government's recent flip-flop over the partial resumption of trade with India highlights how geopolitical cosiderations, not economic and rational, drive policymaking. Pakistan's government last week put a hold on restarting limited…
U.S. Steel’s Future Depends On What China Does NextSeeking AlphaU.S. Steel has risen tremendously as COVID-19 supply-chain issues limit production and increase demand. However, if the situation "returns to normal", U.S Steel may drop.
Cybersecurity Impact
Are we witnessing a cyber pandemic?Security Bloggers NetworkCOVID-19 triggered a global cyber pandemic. The past year will be remembered not only because of the health crisis but… The post Are we…
Cyberattacks Increase While Stagnant Budgets, Apathetic Leadership Remain Major Cybersecurity Barriers in MalaysiaCyber Security AseanSophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, announced the findings of the second edition of its survey report, The Future of Cybersecurity in Asia Pacific and Japan, in collaboration with Tech Research Asia (TRA). The study reveals that…
Cybersecurity ops may never be the same after COVID-19, but that’s not all badSC Magazine USToday’s columnist, Amos Stern of Siemplify, says while the heyday of SOCs may have passed because of the pandemic, security pros have adjusted and need to focus on the threats at hand: insecure home networks, cloud adoption and phishing….
How To Train Remote-Working Employees On CybersecurityForbes.comI’m Co-Founder/CEO of  InList[.]com , the premier app for attending exclusive global events, and co-founder/owner of software company Syragon. Last year, the world experienced huge challenges created by the pandemic. Not only were we living in a state…
Industries critical to COVID-19 response suffer surge in cloud cyberattacks hxxps://zd[.]net/3fYbFOH by @SecurityCharlieZDNet – TwitterIndustries critical to COVID-19 response suffer surge in cloud cyberattacks hxxps://zd[.]net/3fYbFOH by @SecurityCharlie
Pandemic brought surge in French cyber attacks, warns Thales CEOFT.com – WorldCorporate hackings rise fourfold, driven in part by staff working from home on less secure computers
Poe wants Bangko Sentral to help fraud victims get money backABS-CBN NewsMANILA – Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies chair Grace Poe on Tuesday urged the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to help fraud victims get their money back as reports of online theft continue to rise during the…
Scholarship program to help aspiring NYC cyber pros hit financially by COVIDSC Magazine USNYC residents of any cyber skill level who live in one of the five boroughs, make an annual salary of $50,000 or less and were demonstrably impacted by COVID-19 can apply to receive a full scholarship to one of four upcoming Fullstack Academy Cyber…
This is the latest effort, among a handful, to leverage talent hard hit by the pandemic for the cyber community. hxxps://www[.]scmagazine[.]com/home/security-news/scholarship-program-to-help-aspiring-nyc-cyber-pros-hit-financially-by-covid/SCMagazine – TwitterThis is the latest effort, among a handful, to leverage talent hard hit by the pandemic for the cyber community. hxxps://www[.]scmagazine[.]com/home/security-news/scholarship-program-to-help-aspiring-nyc-cyber-pros-hit-financially-by-covid/
“The pandemic caught us with our pants down, not understanding how big the cyberthreat is” hxxps://www[.]israeldefense[.]co[.]il/en/node/49181Metacurity – Twitter“The pandemic caught us with our pants down, not understanding how big the cyberthreat is” hxxps://www[.]israeldefense[.]co[.]il/en/node/49181

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