12 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Belgium to reopen indoor dining and entertainment June 9 (HeraldSun.com.au Breaking News)
  • CORONAVIRUS ITALY – Italy’s ‘slow’ return to post-pandemic tourism (EFE)
  • CORONAVIRUS SPAIN – Spain looks to the future after end of emergency laws, curfew (EFE)
  • Cinemas, shops and café: What to expect when France reopens on May 19 (France24)
  • Covid-19 claims over 425,500 lives in Brazil (IANS Live)
  • Covid-19 desperation is spreading across India (The Straits Times All News)
  • Denmark COVID exhibition opens with a sneeze (Tucson.com)
  • How can Singapore exit from the pandemic? (Today Online)
  • India Gears Up For Third COVID-19 Wave (Yahoo! India)
  • India coronavirus: ‘My city is under siege from Covid’ (BBC News – Asia)
  • India reopened prematurely, causing ongoing Covid surge: Top US medical adviser (Hindustan Times)
  • International rail travel to and from Switzerland resumes (Swiss Info)
  • Mathematical Modelling of the Impact of Non-Pharmacological Strategies to Control the COVID-19 Epidemic in Portugal (MDPI)
  • New Zealand and Australia are charting different courses — on their way out of the Covid-19 pandemic (NZCity)
  • Norway will not use AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, says… (Mail Online UK)
  • Spain preparing to ditch Covid tests for British holidaymakers (Telegraph)
  • Spain to ditch Covid tests for British holidaymakers but country still on amber list (London Evening Standard)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Third wave of Covid-19 to hit India by September: Experts (ABP Live)
  • UK – Boris Johnson announces Covid public inquiry to start within a year (FT.com – UK News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson promises public inquiry into government handling of pandemic – video (The Guardian)
  • UK – Boris Johnson set to make coronavirus statement today (Liverpool Echo)
  • UK – Ian McConnell: British exceptionalism is no comfort at all to international travel sector (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Scottish Government daily Covid statistics released hours late after ‘significant IT issue’ (Herald Scotland)
  • US – Alaska children 12 and up could soon get virus vaccinations (Winnipeg Free Press)
  • US – CDC risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors greatly exaggerated, bombshell report finds (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDC ‘closely monitoring’ Indian coronavirus variant, not yet ‘variant of concern’ (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDC: 35% of Americans Fully Vaccinated Against Coronavirus (US News & World Report)
  • US – Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut hospitals preparing to vaccinate adolescents later this week; COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Here we are again: Stage 4 of COVID-19 reopen Idaho plan (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – In some rural Connecticut towns, COVID-19 vaccination lags as much as in cities (Hartford Courant)
  • US – NYT Calls Out CDC Over Disingenuous COVID Guidance (Zero Hedge)
  • US – Nebraska moves to shield businesses from COVID lawsuits (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – South Carolina receiving $2.5B in pandemic relief aid (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • US – States rebel against governors’ arbitrary COVID-19 powers. Pennsylvania is the latest. (USA Today)
  • US – There’s growing confidence that the worst of COVID-19 is behind California (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – U.S. Treasury sends $590M in COVID-19 relief to area governments (Dayton Daily News)
  • US – Vaccines boost California confidence for COVID-19 recovery (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Vermont town of St. Johnsbury to resume in person meetings (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Amazon begins Covid-19 vaccinations for its front-line workers in India (Business Standard India)
  • Apple Blasts Updated Virus App Monopoly Suit (Law360)
  • COVID-19 Tata Motors Extends Warranty And Free Service Period For PV Customers (NDTV)
  • COVID-19 Update: Alberta to use remaining AstraZeneca supply for second doses | 1,597 new cases, seven deaths | Council approves alcohol consumption in select city parks (CalgaryHerald.com)
  • Drinks maker Moët Hennessy predicts liquor ‘renaissance’ (FT.com – Companies, Europe)
  • Family Constellations: A controversial and bold ‘development’ in therapeutic practices (Daily Maverick)
  • Google tests feature to help find beds, medical oxygen amid COVID-19 pandemic (The Hindu)
  • Holiday Giant TUI More Upbeat on Summer as Travel Resumes (Bloomberg)
  • JPMorgan bankers fly by the dozens as Wall Street norms resume (AmericanBanker.com)
  • KEPCO to restart aging nuclear reactor in Mihama May 12, 2021 NEW (Asahi.com)
  • LG Electronics Pledges $5.5 Million to Support India’s Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic (News18.com)
  • Mahindra & Mahindra provides update on impact of Covid-19 (Business Standard India)
  • Man used $5 million in COVID loans to buy Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bentley, feds say (star-telegram.com)
  • McDonald’s reveals the greatest gift for mom (Manila Times)
  • McDonald’s, White House Partner to Promote Coronavirus Vaccine (US News & World Report)
  • Nearly 40% of AstraZeneca investors reject boss’s bonus rise (The Guardian)
  • Ontario pauses AstraZeneca first doses — but pharmacists and health workers were already seeing the hesitancy and vaccine ‘shopping’ (Toronto Star Online)
  • Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines likely effective against Indian coronavirus variant, researchers suggest (TheWashingtonTime.com)
  • Qantas International Flights Reopening Delayed To December (International Business Times Australia)
  • Qantas delays international restart, again (GoldCoastBulletin.com.au Business)
  • Qantas pushes back all international flights from Australia until DECEMBER (Mail Online UK)
  • Samsung to offer paid leave to workers receiving COVID-19 shots (Yonhap News Agency)
  • Second COVID wave could crimp India’s long-term growth – Moody’s (Channel NewsAsia)
  • Sinovac Shot Found Effective; Maldives Clamps Down: Virus Update (Bloomberg)
  • Skanska says to invest record $476 mln in US office… (Mail Online UK)
  • Slovakia says suspending AstraZeneca first-dose Covid jabs (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Spirits maker Diageo restarts capital return plan after strong recovery (Nasdaq)
  • Toyota’s profit soared in Jan-March qtr to $7 bn amid Covid-19 pandemic (Business Standard India)
  • Turkish Airlines Will Start Flying Between Newark And Istanbul In May (Forbes.com)
  • US McDonald’s rolls out new coffee cups to encourage Covid-19 vaccine uptake (Malay Mail)
  • UnitedHealth Group CEO Sees Covid-19 Impact Fading Next Year (Bloomberg Law)
  • Unrest among AstraZeneca investors over CEO pay package (Business Today India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Case study describes consequences of undetected SARS-CoV-2 infection during mRNA vaccination (News-Medical.Net)
  • Fact Check-India’s second COVID-19 wave is not proof of an ineffective vaccine (Reuters)
  • Germany wants EU to order COVID-19 booster vaccines from four companies – letter (FirstWord Pharma)
  • La vacunación contra el covid-19 en niños de entre 12 y 15 años podría comenzar este jueves (CNN)
  • SAGE advisers downgrade warnings on UK’s third wave Covid death toll (Mail Online UK)
  • U.K. Said to Reconsider Plan to Buy Astra Covid Antibody Drug (Bloomberg)
  • Vaccines boost California confidence for COVID-19 recovery (Los Angeles Times)
  • What you should know about coronavirus vaccines for younger adolescents (Washington Post)
  • Will UK vaccine success keep virus at bay? (BBC)
  • With Pfizer coronavirus vaccine authorized for adolescents, some parents scramble to make appointments while others are wary (Washington Post)
Societal & Economic Impact
Activist ‘Rung’ says she has Covid-19 after weeks in jailBangkokpost.com Most recentAnother leader from the anti-government protest movement has tested positive for the coronavirus, after spending eight weeks in jail pending trial on charges including lese majeste.
Another Thai protest leader says has COVID-19 after…Mail Online UKAnother Thai protest leader says has COVID-19 after weeks in jail BANGKOK, May 12 (Reuters) – Another leader from Thailand's anti-government protest movement has tested positive for the coronavirus after spending eight weeks in jail pending trial on…
COVID updates: State of emergency extended again after 60 weeksCTV NewsVANCOUVER — B.C. officials have renewed the province's record-breaking state of emergency for a 31st time. British Columbia has now spent 60 weeks under the coronavirus-prompted state of emergency, which grants authorities extra powers during times of…
Japan expands COVID-19 state of emergencyNews On JapanJapan's third state of emergency since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is now in effect in six prefectures. Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures were added to the list from Wednesday. (NHK)
Nebraska ‘continues to evaluate’ enhanced unemployment as Iowa moves to end benefits earlyOmaha World-HeraldLINCOLN – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is keeping an eye on the state’s unemployment situation as a half-dozen other Republican-led states are ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits early. Among them is Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who announced…
Poll: Coronavirus, the economy, immigration top list of voters’ concernsThe HillThe coronavirus pandemic along with the economy and immigration top voters' list of problems facing the country, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds. Four in 10 registered voters, 40 percent, in the May 10-11 survey said the coronavirus pandemic is the most…
These states are ending boosted unemployment benefits amid hiring concernsFOXBusiness.comFormer CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder discusses how President Biden's policies are impacting the economy and employment numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic. A growing number of GOP-led states are planning to end supplemental unemployment benefits…
UK economy showed resilience ahead of big lockdown easingBusiness Standard IndiaBritish economy contracted by a quarterly rate of 1.5% in first three months of 2021, a relatively modest contraction given that the country was in the midst of a strict lockdown to combat coronavirus The British economy contracted by a quarterly rate…
US hunger rates hit pandemic low following two rounds of direct stimulusBusiness InsiderCaroline Brady, director of Friends of the Aquarium, carries food to a car. Hunger rates in the US have significantly dropped following increased federal aid in recent months. Census data found the percentage of adults facing food insecurity dropped…
Geopolitical Impact
China embraces rural tourism boom amid U.S. mediaChinanationalnews.comWASHINGTON, May 11 (Xinhua) — China is in the middle of a rural tourism boom amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CNN reported on Tuesday. Chinese-owned Trip[.]com, one of the world's largest online t
DOH eyes stricter border control for inbound travelers from Middle EastManila BulletinThe Department of Health (DOH) said that it will recommend to impose stricter border control measures for passengers coming from the Middle East as the Philippines recorded two cases of B.1.617 variant of coronavirus. Department of Health Secretary…
India emerges as China’s tech challenger with record runFT.com – Companies Asia-PacificStart-up valuations soar as pandemic boosts online services
India envoy asks China to help stop price surging of Covid-19 suppliesSouth China Morning PostNew Delhi’s representative in Hong Kong says soaring prices and cargo flight disruptions are slowing arrivals of medical goods Second wave of pandemic has India scrambling for oxygen concentrators and other basic supplies
India, Pakistan, Philippines: How they fare in COVIDGulf NewsWhen will these 3 important labour-sending countries reach 70% vaccination threshold? A matter of concern: slow vaccination rate in India By Lata Rani, Correspondent PATNA: Slow vaccination has been a matter of concern in India despite the country…
NZ Defence Force sends medical team to Sinai after peacekeepers test positiveNew Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Updated 12 May, 2021 12:35 AM 2 minutes to read The NZ Defence Force has deployed a medical team from NZ to help in Sinai, Egypt, after a Covid outbreak. Photo / NZ Defence Force The New Zealand Defence Force has sent a medical team to Egypt…
Taiwan says China seeking political gain with Honduras vaccine moveNationalPost.comTAIPEI — Taiwan condemned China on Wednesday for seeking to use vaccines for political gain after Taipei's diplomatic ally Honduras said it was considering opening an office in China in a bid to acquire much needed COVID-19 shots….
U.K. Goods Trade Crawls Back Amid Brexit Slump, Pandemic TurmoilBloombergDisruptions in post-Brexit U.K. goods trade subsided further in March, eased by exports of cars to the European Union, according to official figures. U.K. merchandise exports to the EU rebounded 8.6% in March from a month earlier, while imports from…
UN report predicts stronger world economic growth with robust rebounds in China, U.S.Xinhua News AgencyUNITED NATIONS, May 11 (Xinhua) — A UN report has revised up the world economic growth as a result of robust rebounds in China and the United States, but warned against fragilities in other economies in the context of COVID-19. In its mid-year update…
Why is China making a permanent enemy of India?Nikkei Asian ReviewBrahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and author of nine books, including "Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan." When India, currently fighting a devastating second COVID wave, was similarly distracted a year ago with enforcing the…
[ANALYSIS] Orion snacks sweep China, Russia and VietnamThe Korea Times NewsThe outbreak of COVID-19 has brought an unexpected increase in sales to local food companies. The government's practice of strict social distancing measures has forced people to spend more time at home and thus consume more food there than other…
Cybersecurity Impact
#CYBERUK21: We Have Reached a Moment of Reckoning in Cybersecurity, Says GCHQ DirectorInfosecurity – Latest News#CYBERUK21: We Have Reached a Moment of Reckoning in Cybersecurity, Says GCHQ Director We have reached “a moment of reckoning” in the cybersecurity and technology space, and urgent action is required to address the challenges being…
A company told about 2,500 employees they were getting a bonus during COVID-19 – but it was just a phishing testClusterstockA lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris April 15, 2014. Reuters/Mal Langsdon UK train operator West Midlands Trains sent an email to about 2,500 employees…
Biden administration stumbles on cyberattack as fear of gas shortage growsWashington TimesThe Biden administration is struggling to find an effective, robust counter to the cyberattackers who have repeatedly caught the U.S. flat-footed and disrupted Americans’ lives from the gas pump to the police station. Cybersecurity leadership selected…
DarkSide ransomware is part of a growing underground industry, experts sayYahoo! News AustraliaWASHINGTON — On Monday, the FBI said that a ransomware attack that disabled a major U.S. pipeline last week originated from a product developed by the criminal group DarkSide. The hackers who crafted the malware that compromised Colonial Pipeline Co.,…
Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack: reportThe HillA majority of global chief information security officers (CISOs) surveyed as part of a report released Wednesday said they feel their organizations are unprepared to face a cyberattack, despite many believing they will face an attack in the next…
Phish returns to the road this summer with a couple of Atlanta datesAtlanta Journal And ConstitutionPhish will be back on the road in 2021. Photo: Rene Huemer Atlanta Music Scene | 0 minutes ago Phish will embark on the road in late July for a summer and fall tour that includes a four-night Halloween run in Las Vegas. The band will also return to…
Ransomware attacks could reach ‘pandemic’ proportions. What to know after the pipeline hack.Washington PostA cybersecurity expert warned U.S. lawmakers last week that the world was on the cusp of a “pandemic of a different variety.” Christopher Krebs, who formerly headed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland…
The cybersecurity ‘pandemic’ that led to the Colonial Pipeline disaster – The Verge hxxps://www[.]theverge[.]com/2021/5/10/22429433/colonial-pipeline-cyber-security-ransomware-attacktimyardley – TwitterThe cybersecurity ‘pandemic’ that led to the Colonial Pipeline disaster – The Verge hxxps://www[.]theverge[.]com/2021/5/10/22429433/colonial-pipeline-cyber-security-ransomware-attack
Train firm slammed over ‘bonus’ phishing testIT Pro UKBosses at West Midlands Trainline are facing a backlash after they used the promise of a company-wide bonus as a lure in a phishing simulation test . Julian Edwards, the managing director of the train operator, emailed the company's 2,500 employees…
Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus • The Register hxxps://www[.]theregister[.]com/2021/05/11/west_midlands_trains_phishing_drill_goes_off/Secnewsbytes – TwitterTrain operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus • The Register hxxps://www[.]theregister[.]com/2021/05/11/west_midlands_trains_phishing_drill_goes_off/

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