10 June 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • 6,148 die due to Covid-19 in India in 24 hours… (Deccan Herald)
  • COVID: Are countries like Germany helping others vaccinate? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Coronavirus in France: Shopping boom after non-essential shops reopened in May (France24)
  • Covid could become seasonal epidemic by winter, says German expert (The Guardian)
  • Factors Influencing SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy in a Population-Based Sample in Italy (MDPI)
  • France, Belgium ease virus curbs as US decision boosts travel hopes (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au)
  • Germany Makes Rapid Virus Tests a Key to Everyday Freedoms (New York Times)
  • How to prepare for third wave of Covid-19 in India? (India Today)
  • Italy’s falling birthrate declines further during pandemic (The Star SA)
  • Portugal to Halt Plan to Ease Confinement Measures in Lisbon (Bloomberg)
  • Singapore to ease Covid-19 rules, group sizes upped, dining may be allowed from June 21 (thestar.com.my)
  • Singapore to relax Covid rules in stages as infections fall (Hindustan Times)
  • Spain is open to Americans who are fully vaccinated for coronavirus (FOXNews.com)
  • The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada for Wednesday, June 9, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Thursday, June 10, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, June 9, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Airline bosses pen letter to Rishi Sunak urging him to launch new rescue package (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – China could have stopped Covid pandemic by closing borders, Matt Hancock tells MPs (The Independent)
  • UK – June 21 decision rests on whether vaccination has provided enough protection says Boris Johnson (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Matt Hancock denies lying to Boris Johnson about Covid tests in care homes (The Independent)
  • UK – Matt Hancock to face questions over handling of pandemic (BBC)
  • US – California Eases Mask Rules for Vaccinated Residents (New York Times)
  • US – California governor hopeful Major Williams says Gavin Newsom politicized COVID-19 for ‘power’ and ‘control’ (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Colorado Lawmakers Map Ambitious Path to Pandemic Recovery (US News & World Report)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate now at lowest level of any time during the pandemic (Hartford Courant)
  • US – EU nations OK COVID travel pass as CDC updates travel guidance (Atlanta Journal And Constitution)
  • US – Idaho’s COVID numbers drop, vaccination rate remains low (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Illinois’ infection rate drops to record low as state prepares to fully reopen (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • US – Indiana prisons to resume in-person visits in phases this week (Indianapolis Star)
  • US – Iowa college resumes in-person instruction following cyberattack (FOXBusiness.com)
  • US – Merck signs $1.2 billion deal with US government for experimental COVID treatment (ABC News)
  • US – Pennsylvania Senate hits pause on termination of pandemic emergency; negotiations could lead to a Thursday final vote (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • US – We Now Know When Vaccinated Travelers Will Be Able To Visit Hawaii Without A COVID-19 Pre-Test (Forbes.com)
  • US panels to study reopening Canada, Mexico, EU, UK travel (star-telegram.com)
  • Vacations in Spain: Where can I travel from and what are the requisites for entry to the country? (El País)
  • Virus variants a concern in Indonesia as regional clusters grow (Today Online)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • ‘Delta’ coronavirus variant first found in India reaches US. Here’s what to know (star-telegram.com)
Actions by Companies
  • AXA Offers Angry French Restaurants $365 Million for Covid Costs (Bloomberg)
  • AirAsia grounds 90% of jets amid virus surge (Yahoo! India)
  • Americans spent more in May than before the pandemic, Visa says – but the spree is slowing down (Business Insider)
  • AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is linked to another bleeding disorder that can cause purple-dotted rash (Mail Online UK)
  • Cake pops, cup stoppers and mocha flavoring are among the items that have run out at times in some Starbucks locations, baristas said, as the chain grinds back to full operations in the wake of the pandemic hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2RFJA4R (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Comment: BA and Ryanair need to show some humility (Telegraph)
  • Commodities trader Trafigura hits record H1 profit in 2021 (Mail Online UK)
  • Dieselgate: VW will get $351 mn in settlement with former executives (Business Standard India)
  • Facebook Will Allow Nearly All Employees To Work Remotely Post-Pandemic (Forbes.com)
  • Facebook offers permanent work-from-home for employees starting June 15 (zeenews.com)
  • Facebook says on track to reopen all U.S. offices by October (Mail Online UK)
  • Ferrari Turns to a Chip Guy as CEO Amid Industr… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • Ferrari turns to technology industry for its electric era leader (Business Standard India)
  • Hyundai halts some assembly lines in S. Korea on parts shortage (Korea Herald)
  • JNJ CEO sees need for COVID-19 booster vaccines with annual flu shots for several years (Seeking Alpha)
  • Kaspersky Comment: Pandemic accelerated UK’s shift online, says Ofcom (Global Security Mag Online)
  • McDonald’s BTS meal frenzy sparks COVID-19 closures in Indonesia (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Merck signs $1.2 billion deal with US government for experimental COVID treatment (ABC News)
  • No, Netcare uMhlanga Hospital is not a Covid hotspot, says general manager (IOL)
  • OCBC committed to assisting pandemic affected customers (thestar.com.my)
  • QuEST Global conducts vaccination drive in Thiruvananthapuram (Hindu Business Line)
  • Roke Telkom and charity Hello World provide internet for students in Uganda (Telecompaper)
  • Rolls-Royce: Former Lloyds Banking deputy chairman Anita Frew, 63, is ‘outstanding candidate’ (Mail Online UK)
  • Sanlam selling more in 2021 than it did in 2019 (ChannelAfrica.co.za)
  • Soweto residents ask Eskom to switch on their lights (Citizen.co.za)
  • Starbucks Runs Short on Cups and Syrup as Covid-19 Eases (WSJ.com US Business)
  • Tata Motors rolls out 200,000th unit of SUV Nexon (Business Standard India)
  • Tata Motors to discontinue select variants of compact SUV Nexon. (Business Standard India)
  • Timeline of woman, 46, who died hours after AstraZeneca jab (The Nation – Thailand)
  • UAE to trial Sinopharm vaccine in children from 3 to 12 (Abu Dhabi National)
  • UCO Bank launches FD scheme for COVID-19 vaccinated investors, check interest rate and other details (zeenews.com)
  • UCO Bank takes various initiatives to supplement Govt’s effort to combat COVID (The Freepress Journal)
  • United States to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to countries around the world (South China Morning Post)
  • Western Australia set to record biggest day for COVID vaccinations as Pfizer rolled out to people aged 30-49 (The West Australian)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
COVID-19 severity linked with dietGMA News OnlineCOVID-19 SCIENCE UPDATES "Individuals may need help to avoid making these dietary changes permanent," said Dr. Sohyun Park of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coauthor of the latter study. People on meat-free diets had lower odds of…
Helping the unemployed amid pandemicUnited News of IndiaNew Delhi, Jun 10 (UNI) A group of three people has started an employment exchange website that helps people who have lost jobs during the pandemic novel coronavirus. The initiative — JanSahay[.]in — by Anand Siva, Vinay Hinge and Radhika Malik aims…
Here’s how parents are spending stimulus checks sent to their kidsCNBCWhen the last round of stimulus checks came in for Laurynn Vaughn, 37, and her two daughters, aged 4 and 5, her first thought was to save it. Before the pandemic, she had about $1,000 in savings. But during the health crisis, Vaughn, who runs a…
Launching A Career In The COVID Economy? Here Are 5 Tips.Forbes.comby Carolyn DiPaolo Starting a job can feel like stepping onto a movie set without a script. Everyone knows the plot; the challenge is figuring out the role. Managers often know what they want from top performers but rarely explain it. That perspective…
State of Emergency not working in combating Covid-19, says Shafiethestar.com.myKOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s ex-chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state of Emergency in Malaysia has not been effective in combating Covid-19, calling it to end to allow Parliament sittings to reconvene. In “The Unity Show Live: A Nation…
Study links diet with severity of COVID-19CHINAdaily.com.cnA study of data from healthcare workers in six countries has suggested people who follow vegan or pescatarian diets are less likely to develop severe forms of COVID-19 than meat eaters. The study, published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health,…
Texans on unemployment can no longer turn down jobs over COVID-19 riskDallas Morning NewsThe announcement comes just weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott announced the halt of a $300 federal enhancement to unemployment pay. Texans receiving unemployment pay will no longer be able to turn down job offers over fears of being at risk for contracting…
UK is only country among 21 nations where alcohol consumption went UP during Covid pandemicMail Online UKWhile Europe went dry… Britain boozed! , research shows Researchers found UK was only country out of 21 to increase in drinking   Volunteers were asking about how often they drank and how much they drank   Study questionnaire showed people in the…
Yearly and Daily Relationship Assessment between Air Pollution and Early-Stage COVID-19 Incidence: Evidence from 231 Countries and RegionsMDPIDepartment of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China School of Geography, South China…
Geopolitical Impact
China, India rise in wealth index, US remains world’s ultra-rich hot spotBusiness Standard IndiaThere are 60,000 ultra-high-net-worth individuals worldwide with a combined $22 trillion. The U.S. will remain the global hot spot for the world’s super-rich in the near future even as the fortunes of Asia’s wealthy continue to grow, according to…
Global Trade Body Takes First Step In Patent Waiver Talks For Covid JabsNDTV ProfitOn Wednesday at the World Trade Organization, all countries backed launching a process towards drafting an agreement over the patent waiver of Covid vaccines, said an official.
Global Trade Defies Expectations in 2021 and Dr…ADVFN DeutschlandDUBAI , UAE, June 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Global trade will rebound in 2021 after showing surprising resilience in 2020 despite the economic challenges posed by the pandemic, according to DMCC's latest special edition Future of Trade 2021 report titled,…
Hedging your bets: How globalisation can enable manufacturers to grow sustainably amid CovidFinancial ExpressCompanies that were able to conduct business globally, saw more revenue come in from overseas markets than India and thus experienced significantly lower disruptions in the revenues. By Dr Jairam Varadaraj Covid-19 has been an unprecedented crisis….
Joining Forces to Confront Russia and ChinaBloombergAn exclusive peek at the draft communique from Group of Seven leaders shows the geopolitical fault lines they will chew over when they meet starting tomorrow on the Cornish coast in southern England. There’s a narrative of better collaboration (and…
Key G7 panel recommends new body to monitor global trade in semiconductors, critical suppliesMoneycontrol.comGiven the fluctuations in trade, rising demand and growing scarcity of raw material, the proposed Critical Supply Forum will become significant for major users of semiconductors including India. Attendees touch elbows to great each other at a…
Kim Jong Un appears to have lost some weight — and that could have geopolitical consequencesWashington PostThe baggy suit is hanging a bit more loosely these days. After not being seen in public for almost a month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reappeared in state media on Saturday looking noticeably slimmer. Analysts and foreign intelligence agencies…
Only Britain drank MORE alcohol at the start of the pandemic, while other EU countries shunned boozeMail Online UKBritain is the only European nation where people drank MORE alcohol during the Covid pandemic than before the virus hit, study claims Researchers surveyed alcohol drinkers in 21 countries in Europe  UK was the only country where people drank more at…
Russia won’t alienate China over US; ‘We’re smarter than Americans think’: Russian Ambassador to ChinaGlobal TimesRussian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov Photo: Li Hao/GT Russia does not expect impossible outcomes from the upcoming summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden in Geneva, and the two sides are unlikely to resolve…
The U.S. will be a ‘formidable competitor’ to China in Covid vaccine diplomacy, professor saysCNBCChina has been a major Covid vaccine supplier to much of the developing world, but the U.S. is now catching up, said Huang Yanzhong, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. The White House last week laid out plans to…
‘China one of the first nations to offer help to India during 2nd covid wave’Livemint.comChinese ambassador Sun Weidong said the pandemic showed that ‘no country or nation can be safe in the face of the virus’ As a brutal second wave of the pandemic hit India, China was one of the first countries to offer help, reflecting Beijing’s…
Cybersecurity Impact
#Infosec21: NCSC Outlines Biggest Cyber Threats During COVID19Infosecurity – Latest News#Infosec21: NCSC Outlines Biggest Cyber Threats During COVID19 The main cyber-threat trends during COVID-19 and how they will affect the UK going forward were discussed by Eleanor Fairford, head of incident management at the National Cyber Security…
#Infosec21: NCSC Outlines Biggest Cyber Threats During COVID19 hxxps://www[.]infosecurity-magazine[.]com/news/ncsc-biggest-cyber-threats-during?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterInfosecurityMag – Twitter#Infosec21: NCSC Outlines Biggest Cyber Threats During COVID19 hxxps://www[.]infosecurity-magazine[.]com/news/ncsc-biggest-cyber-threats-during?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
AG Garland seeks $4B to fight cybercrime, rights violationsWashington TimesAttorney General Merrick Garland will lay out an ambitious agenda of fighting domestic terrorism, reducing violent crime and securing voting rights, when he asks a Senate panel to bolster the Justice Department’s budget on Wednesday. Mr. Garland will…
Cybercrime fighters on high alertPhilippine StarRecent successful cybercrime attacks on big businesses have raised fresh alarm calls across the globe, an acknowledgment that cybercriminals are getting the upper hand in this stealth war between tech-savvy syndicates against law enforcement…
Ghosts in the Machine: Keeping the Lights On and the Hackers OutCyber Security AseanAuthored By: Scott Register, vice president, security solutions, Keysight Technologies Recently, the U.S. Cybersecurity Infrastructure & Security Agency (CISA) issued  15 advisories  dealing with Industrial Control Systems — the systems that keep…
Huawei opens largest cybersecurity transparency center in South China’s DongguanGlobal TimesThe opening ceremony of Huawei's largest Global Cybersecurity Transparency Center in Dongguan, South China's Guangdong Province on Wednesday Photo: screenshot of live event Huawei launched its largest Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection…
Iowa college resumes in-person instruction following cyberattackFOXBusiness.comFormer Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Brent McIntosh weighs in on recent cyberattacks and possible risks related to cryptocurrency. Students, faculty and staff at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa have returned to in-person…
New Texas Data Breach Law to Come Into Effect on September 1, 2021TechNaduTexas will have a new data breach reporting law in September, and it’s going to be strict. The state is becoming home to an increasing number of tech companies that manage troves of data. Any data breach involving more than 250 people will have to be…
RT @ericgeller: Late last night, the FBI and CISA updated their advisories about North Korean hackers (from Lazarus Group and a second APT) targeting Covid-19 researchers and vaccine makers. The agencies say they saw further targeting in late 2020. hxxps://twitter[.]com/ericgeller/status/1402611443820679174/photo/1BrianHonan – TwitterRT @ericgeller: Late last night, the FBI and CISA updated their advisories about North Korean hackers (from Lazarus Group and a second APT) targeting Covid-19 researchers and vaccine makers. The agencies say they saw further targeting in late 2020….

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