08 February 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Austria tightens border controls to slow pandemic (Mail Online UK)
  • Biden: US Won’t Lift Iran Sanctions (Beijingbulletin.com)
  • China reports no new local COVID-19 infection for first time in nearly 2 months (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Finland’s largest paper praises Taiwan’s pandemic response (Taiwan News Online)
  • Germany’s Scholz Calls for Spending Boost in Bid for Chancellor (Bloomberg)
  • Gold Could Offer A Way Out Of Switzerland’s Failing Inflationist Experiment (Zero Hedge)
  • In pictures: The stories of 19 COVID-19 survivors (Politico.eu)
  • India proved wrong all those who raised apprehensions: PM on govt”s handling of COVID-19 pandemic (Outlook India)
  • Iran coronavirus update: Covid-19 vaccination to start on Tuesday (Business Standard India)
  • Israel begins exit from third coronavirus lockdown (Al Arabiya)
  • Japan 2020 travel surplus down 79% as pandemic rocks inbound tourism (JapanTimes.co.jp)
  • Russia’s daily COVID-19 tally drops to below 16,000 (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Storm Darcy: Netherlands declares ‘code red’ emergency as rare snowstorm hits (The Guardian)
  • The Latest: Schools, shops, salons are reopening in Austria (Miami Herald)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s ‘indifference’ to workers’ rights attacked by watchdog as report gathers dust (The Independent)
  • UK – Bosses of leading stores urge Rishi Sunak to cut business rates permanently to save the High Street (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Ministers ‘consider changing the school year to extend summer term’ (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Alabama begins expanded COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Another California Democrat is accused of breaking coronavirus orders (FOXNews.com)
  • US – COVID-19 is creating a new problem for Hawaii inmates who recently completed their sentences (Hawaii News Now)
  • US – Colorado’s next round of pandemic unemployment benefits coming Feb. 22 (Business Times Singapore)
  • US – Confusion and chaos: Inside the vaccine rollout in D.C., Maryland and Virginia (Washington Post)
  • US – GOP lawmakers now want to run Ohio’s pandemic response. That’s as dangerous as it is ill-advised (Cleveland.com)
  • US – Gov. DeSantis: Florida lifts people up by keeping businesses, schools open amid coronavirus pandemic (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds takes bold steps to roll back restrictions (Blasting News United States)
  • US – Some California churches reopen after Supreme Court lifts ban on indoor services (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline (star-telegram.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Sunday (CBC)
  • ‘Super Mario’ will have to use all of his powers to steer Italy to stability (Telegraph)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
An Overnight Refuge for Homeless New Yorkers, Lost to the PandemicNew York TimesThe city’s homeless population has faced a particularly brutal winter as coronavirus restrictions have kept the subway and other indoor public spaces closed.
Climate change may have driven the emergence of the virusAustralian TimesClimate change may have driven the emergence of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2), according to a new international study led by researchers from Cambridge University in the UK. Global greenhouse gas emissions over the last century have made southern China a…
Colorado’s next round of pandemic unemployment benefits coming Feb. 22Business Times SingaporeNew claims can be filed under Phase 2, which will also cover people who exhausted benefits by Dec. 26 People who either exhausted their pandemic unemployment benefits by late last year or haven’t yet filed a claim will be able to do so starting Feb….
Despite cold and pandemic, Belarus protests go onDeutsche WelleSix months after the disputed presidential election in Belarus, protests haven’t ceased. But protesters are no longer crowding the center of the capital Minsk. Now they are making themselves heard in their neighborhoods and from the balconies of…
ECB boss Lagarde rejects calls to nix EU nations’ COVID-19 debtsYahoo! Finance UK and IrelandThe president of the European Central Bank (ECB) Christine Lagarde has rejected calls to scratch debts of eurozone member states who used the money to support their economies amid COVID-19. Responding to calls made on Friday, Lagarde told France's Le…
Exporters shouldn’t rely much on subsidies from govtBusiness Standard IndiaThe government has introduced the Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess that will be levied on select imported goods and petroleum products The finance minister has drawn a lot of praise for presenting a growth-oriented Budget that envisages…
Hong Kong’s millionaires feel the pinch from pandemic, social unrest, while mainland Chinese peers go from strength to strength, Hurun Report showsSouth China Morning Post – NewsHong Kong’s wealthy residents are feeling the pinch after a series of events that have devastated the local economy, according to analysts and new data, while their mainland Chinese counterparts go from strength to strength[.]Figures released on…
Montreal protesters rally against curfew, call for stricter public health measuresGlobal News CanadaA small group of protesters rallied in front of the Quebec Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s office on Sunday in Montreal to protest the lack of affordable housing in the city and the “mismanagement” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global News’…
Open activities in all sectors, but don’t lower guardChandigarh TribuneOpen House: Is it too early to open all activities to revive economy as Covid cases may surge? Take all precautions religiously It is indeed a welcome step that the government and the Administration have agreed to normalise things. ‘Apni Mandis’ have…
Queenstown’s economy is expected to be the worst hit by Covid-19NZCityAn Infometrics report anticipates the region will lose nine-thousand jobs by next year. It also suggests the local economy will take a 785-million dollar hit. But, Senior Economist Gareth Kiernan says that could change. He says the way the New Zealand…
Geopolitical Impact
China grants WHO expert team full access in Wuhan: U.S. mediashanghaisun.comBEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) — A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) expert team tracing the origins of the novel coronavirus has said the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and p
Ian Easton On Taiwan: From China fantasy to China nightmareTaipei Times OnlineIn 2007, James Mann published a book that sent shockwaves through the entire China-watching world. His ideas were more than contrarian. They were radical. The established authorities flew into fits of rage. How could anyone as well-informed as Mann, a…
Latest: Annual vaccinations ‘probable’ in UK, India rivals China with vaccine supplyNewshubA COVID-19 booster in the autumn followed by annual vaccinations is very probable, Britain's vaccine deployment minister said on Sunday. Britain has already injected more than 12 million first doses of vaccines against the virus and is on track to…
Saudi Arabia extends discount on crude prices to India, China, other Asian consumer marketsThe StatesmanSaudi Arabia has decided against raising crude supplies for March delivery to Asian consumers while raising the prices for other US and Europe based consumer markets, the report said. An IANS report on Monday that cited sources said, Saudi Arabia,…
Scarcity on high seas hurting India’s exportsLivemint.comA shortage of shipping containers thanks to China’s quick recovery and Atmanirbharta is pushing up trade costs. Shipping ministry officials say the government is keen to set up a container manufacturing facility in the country. A high-level meeting…
Why the silence on vaccines from BRICS partners Russia and China?IOLJohannesburg – Much as South Africa joins President Cyril Ramaphosa in welcoming the first consignment of the Covid-19 vaccines, it must be noted the country’s vaccination targets are not quite within reach. As South Africa is the only African member…
‘For UK, deeper trade ties with India are an absolute priority’Livemint.comWe are supporting reforms to the business environment in India through the sharing of the UK’s expertise on a range of areas, says Elizabeth Truss, UK’s secretary of state for international trade and president of the board of trade In the wake of…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cybersecurity Threats: The Daunting Challenge Of Securing The Internet Of ThingsForbes.comThe Internet of Things (IoT) broadly refers to devices and equipment that are readable, recognizable, locatable, addressable and/or controllable via the internet .  This incorporates physical objects communicating with each other including machine to…
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/CyberScoopNews – TwitterHow 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/
The Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus pandemic renews debate for hacker-proof IDs Coronavirus has brought more scams than any event in the last decade. Lawmakers and advocates are proposing a way for the government to protect Americans: Giving everyone a … hxxps://binged[.]it/3cPHqrr hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1358584128971698176/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus pandemic renews debate for hacker-proof IDs Coronavirus has brought more scams than any event in the last decade. Lawmakers and advocates are proposing a way for the government to protect Americans: Giving everyone…
The Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus pandemic renews debate for hacker-proof IDs Coronavirus has brought more scams than any event in the last decade. Lawmakers and advocates are proposing a way for the government to protect Americans: Giving everyone a … hxxps://binged[.]it/3ruxNT5 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1358433133796995072/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThe Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus pandemic renews debate for hacker-proof IDs Coronavirus has brought more scams than any event in the last decade. Lawmakers and advocates are proposing a way for the government to protect Americans: Giving everyone…
The isolation older adults face during the Covid-19 pandemic makes them vulnerable to online fraud. @juliejargon has tips from experts to guard against online scams. #WSJWhatsNow hxxp://on[.]wsj[.]com/3oKMIa3 hxxps://twitter[.]com/WSJ/status/1358407666553348099/video/1WSJ – TwitterThe isolation older adults face during the Covid-19 pandemic makes them vulnerable to online fraud. @juliejargon has tips from experts to guard against online scams. #WSJWhatsNow hxxp://on[.]wsj[.]com/3oKMIa3…

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