08 June 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Brazil braces for third wave of Covid-19 (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • British holidaymakers return from Portugal (BBC)
  • Can I still travel to Portugal from the UK? Latest advice as country goes on to amber list (Telegraph)
  • China slams US over probe into Covid-19 origin (India Today)
  • DATA: China’s pace of COVID-19 vaccination (Guanming Daily 光明网)
  • Germany opens Covid-19 jab to general public (Deutsche Welle)
  • India Sees Sign of Reprieve; Canada to Relax Rules: Virus Update (Bloomberg)
  • India coronavirus: States and cities start to reopen as second wave recedes (The Independent)
  • India eases COVID restrictions as infections hit 2-month low (CBS News)
  • India fighting against pandemic on multiple fronts (Hindu Business Line)
  • India reopens for business after devastating second wave of coronavirus (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • India’s daily count under 1 lakh after 63 days (Yahoo! India)
  • Portugal joins amber list after scramble to return (BBC)
  • Portugal’s move to amber list causes disappointment in Thetford (BBC)
  • Spain opens borders to all vaccinated tourists (Telegraph)
  • Spain opens borders to vaccinated tourists (CTV News)
  • Spain opens its borders to all vaccinated travellers as it tries to salvage its tourism industry (Mail Online UK)
  • Spain’s Covid-19 vaccination drive meets second major target of immunizing 10m people by first week of June (El País)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, June 7, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson’s Battles Are All Internal (Bloomberg)
  • UK – Covid vaccines available for all over-25s from Tuesday, Matt Hancock confirms (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – June 21: Cabinet members split on ‘Freedom Day’ restrictions as Boris Johnson faces crunch decision (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – US and UK airline bosses tell Biden and Boris Johnson to lift ‘overly cautious’ travel ban (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – What could it mean if England’s June 21 reopening is delayed? (Telegraph)
  • US – A report by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab is plausible and deserves further investigation hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2TaZX9J (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – A report by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab is plausible and deserves further investigation hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3px5m76 (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Arkansas’ race to use coronavirus vaccines before expiration, explained (Arkansas Online)
  • US – CDC COVID-19 Study Shows mRNA Vaccines Reduce Risk of Infection by 91 Percent for Fully Vaccinated People (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – CDC: 2-dose vaccines reduce COVID-19 infection risk by 91%, limit virus spread (UPI)
  • US – California has one of the lowest coronavirus transmission levels in the US (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut reports lowest COVID-19 positivity rate since last summer (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Delaware Bankruptcy Court Restarting In-Court Hearings (Law360)
  • US – Host of new provisions added to Arizona budget as House prepares to resume work Monday (AZCentral.com)
  • US – Michigan is politically divided. But we all suffered in the pandemic. (Washington Post)
  • US – Ohio COVID-19 hospitalizations drop to lowest level since last June (Cleveland.com)
  • US – Opinion: What are your plans as California moves toward reopening (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • US – Secret report by respected US government lab concluded May 2020 that Wuhan lab leak theory plausible (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Washington state residents can now get a free joint with a COVID shot (New York Post)
  • US – ‘A perfect storm’: These two Missouri counties have the highest COVID rate in the U.S. (KansasCity.com)
  • Vaccinated Americans can now visit Spain (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • A judge’s momentous gun-rights ruling comes with a side of coronavirus vaccine misinformation (Washington Post)
  • Bell’s palsy and SARS-CoV-2 vaccines—an unfolding story (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Covid-19 live updates: Vaccine makers should give half their doses to Covax, WHO chief says (Washington Post)
  • Estudos investigam efeito de mistura de doses de vacinas diferentes (BBC)
  • Fluorescence-based assay for detecting SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies (News-Medical.Net)
  • Genome-scale CRISPR screens pinpoint promising antiviral compounds against SARS-CoV-2 (News-Medical.Net)
  • Low vaccine rates fuel fear of COVID surge (CBS News)
  • Single BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine dose reduces risk of COVID-19 by nearly 52%, matching clinical trial data (News-Medical.Net)
  • The great promise of antiviral peptides against SARS-CoV-2 (News-Medical.Net)
  • U.S. reports fewer than 15,000 Covid cases per day, averaging about 1 million daily vaccinations (CNBC)
  • mRNA vaccines shown to be 97% protective against COVID-19 in working-age population (News-Medical.Net)
Societal & Economic Impact
Coronavirus latest news: Study suggests meat-free diet may reduce Covid severityTelegraphV egans and pescatarians may be less likely to get severe Covid-19, a study suggests. People whose diets are plant-based and those who eat fish but not meat appear to have lower odds of getting a severe infection compared with others. Low-carbohydrate,…
Economy faces ‘long Covid’ if debts not tackledBBC News – BusinessBosses from trade body industries have called for an extension to the current commercial rent moratorium.
G7 leaders urged to show solidarity on climate change and COVID-19 at summitNationalPost.com* Rich nations have yet to deliver promised climate finance…
GCC economies continue innovating beyond pandemicArabian BusinessThe Gulf is home to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, both of which lead the pack of the Middle East and North Africa's smartest cities, and GITEX will play host to innovative economic leaders from across the GCC as they look at how to continue developing beyond…
India’s economy is ailing and it’s not just because of Covid-19, writes A L I ChouguleThe Freepress JournalEven before the pandemic, the fundamentals of the Indian economy were already quite weak The Central Statistics Office (CSO), the government’s official statisticians, confirmed on May 31 what was more or less already known, or had been predicted….
Intimate Partner Violence during the COVID-19 A Review of the Phenomenon from Victims’ and Help Professionals’ PerspectivesMDPIIJERPH, Vol. 18, Pages 6204: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph18126204 Authors: Lausi Pizzo Cricenti Baldi Desiderio Giannini Mari Social isolation is considered one of the main risk factors leading to…
Japan’s economy shrinks less than first reported during Covid-19 emergencyThe Straits Times All NewsJune 08, 2021 8:22 AM TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) – Japan's economy shrank last quarter less than first reported, according to figures that come as yet another round of restrictions to contain the coronavirus threatens to prolong the slump.
Norway business outlook boosted by reopening after pandemic, says central bank surveyReutersOSLO, June 8 (Reuters) – Norwegian business sector activity has accelerated during the past three months while the outlook for the next half year has brightened amid a gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, a central bank business survey showed on…
See climate change as a crisis similar to Greta ThunbergThe Straits Times All NewsJune 08, 2021 11:41 AM SINGAPORE – After a turbulent year, it looks like the world is at last coming to grips with the pandemic. In countries where it once looked as if the disease was raging out of control, infection rates are down, vaccinations are…
Sukhbir, 200 others booked for holding protestChandigarh TribuneTribune News Service Mohali, June 7 Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and 200 other unidentified people were booked under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act for having gathered to hold a protest in…
Geopolitical Impact
Al-Kuwari meets UK international trade minister; highlights Qatar’s pro-investment policiesGulf TimesHE the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Acting Minister of Finance, Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari met on Monday with Ranil Jayawardena, UK Minister for International Trade, and the accompanying delegation currently visiting the country. The meeting was…
Borders dispute between India and ChinaDaily Excelsior.comColonel B S Nagial (Retd) Civilisation’s well-being depends upon its ability to respond successfully to challenges, both human and environmental. Compared to the Chinese, the Indian state of affair was different for ages, for there was little or no…
China lodges diplomatic protest with US over American senators visit to TaiwanOutlook IndiaBy K J M Varma Beijing, Jun 7 (PTI) China on Monday lodged a diplomatic protest with the United States after three US senators visited Taiwan, saying America should cease all forms of official contact with Taipei. Much to the chagrin of Beijing, the US…
China warns US against trade deal with TaiwanAl JazeeraMove comes after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken signalled a possible resumption of economic talks with Taiwan. China has warned the United States against pursuing a trade deal with Taiwan after Washington signalled a possible resumption of…
China’s new envoy to Britain calls for reset in relations amid Hong Kong, Xinjiang tensionsSouth China Morning PostAmbassador says opportunities for cooperation range from trade to Covid-19 Better ties between the two countries could improve relations with other powers, observer says
Dubai Chamber’s 360 Dialogue Series examines changing dynamics of global trade in COVID-19 eraWAM.ae BusinessDUBAI, 8th June, 2021 (WAM) — COVID-19 has changed the dynamics of global trade as economies around the world deal with disruption in supply chains, address geopolitical challenges, invest in digital technologies and diversify exports, industry…
EU threatens sausage trade warTelegraphOverriding Brexit deal to ensure British products can continue to be sold in Northern Ireland would bring retaliation, warns Maros Sefcovic Brussels will start a trade war with Britain if Boris Johnson overrides the Brexit treaty so that Northern…
Trade with India jumped by over 70% in 2021, shows China’s customs dataHindustan TimesSpurred to an extent by India importing medical goods from China to combat the second wave of the pandemic, trade between the two neighbours soared to over $48 billion in the first five months this year Spurred to an extent by India importing medical…
Video of COVID chaos in ‘Taiwan’ posted by Malaysian minister actually of ChinaTaiwan News OnlineTAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Malaysian politician on Monday (June 7) uploaded a video purporting to show panicked mobs of people clambering to get vaccinated in Taiwan, but it was actually footage shot in China. On his Facebook page on Monday, Annuar…
Cybersecurity Impact
@RTG_CyberSec The WEF is announcing a “covid-19 style cyber attack” and has a full-team of 400 hackers working for it with an invite-only skills demonstration happening next month. Conspiracy theories might hold some truth to them at times. US now has cyber as a terrorist threat.hackerfantastic – Twitter@RTG_CyberSec The WEF is announcing a "covid-19 style cyber attack" and has a full-team of 400 hackers working for it with an invite-only skills demonstration happening next month. Conspiracy theories might hold some truth to them at times. US now…
Anyone I know involved with this @wef event hxxps://cyberpolygon[.]com/ – seems interesting? due to commence in July. This is coming from the same organization that warned about a COVID-19 cyber attack recently.hackerfantastic – TwitterAnyone I know involved with this @wef event hxxps://cyberpolygon[.]com/ – seems interesting? due to commence in July. This is coming from the same organization that warned about a COVID-19 cyber attack recently.
Increased Cyberattacks On Healthcare Institutions Shows The Need For Greater CybersecurityForbes.comCEO of  Protenus , leveraging AI to reduce risk and improve patient trust for healthcare systems across North America. While the pandemic brought about inspiring displays of solidarity and compassion, as with any tragedy, bad actors took advantage of…
New antibody drug shows promise in mouse study; vaping may increase lung vulnerability to virusNews5 – InterAksyonThe following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. New antibody drug appears promising in mouse studies An…
South Korea Under Major Cyber Attacks in Pandemic EraE Hacking NewsAs per Ciso, ransomware attacks have proliferated in South Korea over the last year, impacting hospitals and shopping malls as the coronavirus pandemic has increased Internet usage. A major plastic surgery clinic in southern Seoul disclosed on…
South Korea Under Major Cyberattacks in Pandemic’s Era hxxp://twib[.]in/l/dER6eypRoA8b hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1402009121881300999/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterSouth Korea Under Major Cyberattacks in Pandemic's Era hxxp://twib[.]in/l/dER6eypRoA8b hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1402009121881300999/photo/1
South Korea Under Major Cyberattacks in Pandemic’s Era hxxps://news[.]softpedia[.]com/news/south-korea-under-major-cyberattacks-in-pandemic-s-online-era-533147.shtmlSecnewsbytes – TwitterSouth Korea Under Major Cyberattacks in Pandemic's Era hxxps://news[.]softpedia[.]com/news/south-korea-under-major-cyberattacks-in-pandemic-s-online-era-533147.shtml
The Other Virus That Can Wreak Havoc Across The World: RansomwareForbes – Cybersecurity RSSThe world has been focused on battling Covid-19, a biological virus that has killed millions and caused trillions in economic damage. But the threat of another virus—ransomware—is also escalating globally.
Trump on cyberattacks, Bitcoin, 2022 election, filibusterFOX Business – VideoFormer President Trump discusses recent cyberattacks, U.S. foreign relations, bitcoin, a global minimum tax, China, the coronavirus outbreak, the filibuster, Big Tech, inflation, the U.S. economy, today’s markets, Republican Party leadership and the…
Working from home amid Covid-19 blamed for rise in cyber hits on Singapore organisationsThe Straits Times All NewsJune 07, 2021 10:22 PM SINGAPORE – While working from home has become the norm for many people amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it might have also caused many organisations in Singapore to fall victim to cyber attacks.

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