13 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • As fourth coronavirus wave gains pace in Spain, experts call for tougher restrictions from regions (El País)
  • Belgian public safety network Astrid sees 8% fall in calls in 2020 (Telecompaper)
  • COVID-19 fatigue and frustration rise across Canada as pandemic drags on (Global News Canada)
  • COVID-19 | India becomes the second worst-hit pandemic country in the world (Moneycontrol.com)
  • China exports rise at robust pace in Mar, imports growth highest in 4 years (Business Standard India)
  • Covid-19 is out of control in Brazil. So why are some officials easing restrictive measures? (CNN Philippines)
  • Finland Tax Agency Extends Deadline for Filing Corporate Income Tax Returns Due to Coronavirus (Bloomberg Law)
  • I’ve spent the last fortnight sailing from Holland to France, visiting harbour ghost towns (Telegraph)
  • India second worst-hit country globally, overtakes Brazil (zeenews.com)
  • Ireland eases some of COVID-19 restrictions (Xinhua News Agency)
  • Italy in Talks to Set Up Vaccine-Making Hubs With State Funding (Bloomberg)
  • Italy prepares new 40 bln euros economic stimulus package – source (Reuters)
  • Malaysia to allow eateries to remain open until 6am in relaxation of coronavirus rules (Straits Times)
  • Russia slashes flights with Turkey over Covid-19 concerns (IANS Live)
  • Singaporeans still washing hands frequently despite a year of Covid-19, ST poll suggests (The Straits Times All News)
  • Spain will use Janssen Covid-19 vaccine for the 70-79 age group (El País)
  • The race to succeed Germany’s Angela Merkel just got more exciting (CNBC)
  • UK – Boris Johnson launches probe into David Cameron’s lobbying for Greensill Capital (itv.com)
  • UK – Europe’s vax disaster shows Trump, UK’s BoJo got biggest COVID challenge right (New York Post)
  • US – Are herd immunity, California coronavirus variant preventing West Coast spring surge? (Los Angeles Times)
  • US – CDC chief calls on Michigan to ‘shut things down’ to stop COVID-19 surge (New York Daily News)
  • US – COVID-19 NEWS: #SARSCoV2 activates the #immune #complement system in lung cells, @NIH scientists & colleagues report in @SciImmunology. They suggest that pairing antivirals w/ drugs that block excessive complement activity could help treat severe #COVID19. hxxps://bit[.]ly/3dc0y2Q (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – California community college enrollment plummets amid pandemic, putting some campuses at risk (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California lifts COVID-19 limits on indoor worship services (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Michigan is seeing a . It could be what happens to the U.S. (Deseret News)
  • US – Michigan sees COVID-19 surge in children (CBS News)
  • US – More spreadable B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant now ‘dominant’ in Iowa (Des Moines Register)
  • US – Nevada statehouse to reopen to the public in limited fashion (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Oregon festivals, event venues say 2021 seasons could be wiped out unless state issues reopening plan soon (Oregonian)
  • US – U.S. California to fully reopen economy on June 15 (Xinhua News Agency)
  • US – Wrestling tournament outbreak adds to Minnesota COVID-19 concerns (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Watch: Restaurant owners in Rome scuffle with police as Italy lockdown protests continue (Telegraph)
  • With record 1.68 lakh daily spike, India overtakes Brazil to become the 2nd worst hit country (Outlook India)
Actions by Companies
  • AirAsia rolls out P1 fare promo (GMA News Online)
  • Apple and Google block update of Covid-19 app in England and Wales (FT.com – Companies US & Canada)
  • Apple and Google block update of Covid-19 app in England and Wales hxxps://on[.]ft[.]com/3uPcspf (FT – Twitter)
  • Barclays’ Montagne on Lockdowns Easing Across England (Bloomberg)
  • Britain’s JD Sports sees profit rise for 2022 as stores reopen (Mail Online UK)
  • Buying frenzy: UAE’s Aldar villas sold out in 48 hours; Emaar sales hit $1.6bln in 3 months (Zawya.com)
  • Cabinet may soon take up divestment of 45.5% stake in IDBI Bank: Report (Moneycontrol.com)
  • Chinese tech giant Huawei to pump in $1 billion on car tech in 2021 (Business Standard India)
  • Coronavirus digest: Australia rules out buying J&J vaccine (Deutsche Welle)
  • Equinor sees Brazil’s Peregrino oilfield restarting in H1 (Reuters)
  • Hundreds queue as Bristol IKEA reopens (itv.com)
  • ICICI Bank, Tata Motors among premarket losers’ pack (Seeking Alpha)
  • LATAM Airlines Brasil retires all A350s (CH-Aviation)
  • Microsoft buying Nuance in deal worth $19.7B (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • Most unvaccinated Canadians uncomfortable with AstraZeneca shot, poll shows (VancouverSun.com)
  • Netflix’s income in Korea quadruples in the year of pandemic.. (Pulse by Maeil Business News Korea)
  • Nornickel says flooded Arctic mine to resume full production this month (Seeking Alpha)
  • Ooredoo raises awareness about digital responsibility (Qatar Tribune)
  • Over 200,000 Singaporeans gained digital skills during Microsoft (Singapore Business Review)
  • PPB Group’s diversified businesses help weather storm in FY20 (thestar.com.my)
  • Pandemic has delayed sustainable development goals by decades, says former Unilever CEO (CNBC)
  • Regeneron to ask FDA to use its COVID-19 antibody drug as a preventative treatment (Mail Online UK)
  • Salesforce to reopen US headquarters in May (IANS Live)
  • Sinovac s COVID-19 vaccine safe for elderly, expert assures public (GMA News Online)
  • Sinovac vaccine effective against virus variants in Brazil; efficacy rises if injection interval is more than 21 days (Global Times)
  • Sinovac vaccine safe for those aged 60 and above, says Khairy (thestar.com.my)
  • Tata Motors gains after JLR Q4 sales jump 12.4% YoY (Yahoo! India)
  • Tesco’s ‘thoughtful’ message to shoppers who buy alcohol in its stores (Liverpool Echo)
  • The Cable: U.K. Reopening, Chip Shortage, Microsoft (Podcast) (Bloomberg)
  • The Eskom Development Foundation creates opportunities for future business growth (IOL)
  • Traffic levels are up on last weeks as shopping centres and Ikea stores attract motorists (Mail Online UK)
  • US still expects to meet vaccine target despite Johnson & Johnson issues (New York Post)
  • Vodacom, AUDA-NEPAD to roll out digital tech for COVID-19 vaccinations (IT Web)
  • Why stop AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines because of blood clots? Women on the contraceptive pill take that risk daily (South China Morning Post)
  • ‘Sinovac effective vs severe COVID-19’ (Philippine Star)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • A quarter of the country won’t get the coronavirus vaccine. Half of them trust Trump’s medical advice. (Washington Post)
  • Changes in symptomatology, reinfection, and transmissibility associated with the SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7: an ecological study (Lancet)
  • Diagnostic performance of different sampling approaches for SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR testing: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Effect of socioeconomic inequalities and vulnerabilities on health-system preparedness and response to COVID-19 in Brazil: a comprehensive analysis (Lancet)
  • Estimating and mitigating the risk of COVID-19 epidemic rebound associated with reopening of international borders in Vietnam: a modelling study (Lancet)
  • Fauci: No Vaccines Are 100% Effective, Breakthrough Coronavirus Cases Are Expected (US News & World Report)
  • High SARS-CoV-2 vaccine effectiveness in California, even with variants (News-Medical.Net)
  • India reels amid virus surge, affecting world vaccine supply (star-telegram.com)
  • Lack of detail in population-level data impedes analysis of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and clinical outcomes (Lancet Infectious Diseases)
  • Mass. reports 55,366 new COVID-19 vaccinations (Boston Globe)
  • Real-world evidence from Israel on VOCs and SARS-CoV-2 vaccine protection (News-Medical.Net)
  • Study: Antibody drug could offer ‘immediate protection’ to unvaccinated people exposed to COVID-19 (The Hill)
  • UK coronavirus: PM on vaccine rollout (BBC)
  • US unlikely to need AstraZeneca vaccine, says Fauci (FT.com – Companies)
  • Un experto te explica por qué es importante vacunar contra el covid-19 para los niños (CNN)
Societal & Economic Impact
Air Canada, Canadian government agree on pandemic bailoutSan Antonio Express-News.comIn return for the aid, the carrier is offering refunds to customers who bought non-refundable fares but did not travel due to the pandemic since February 2020. Also in exchange for the bailout, the airline is resuming service for all regional…
COVID-19 pandemic has indirectly reduced terrorism threats – Bukit AmanBernamaKUALA LUMPUR, April 12  – The spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country has indirectly helped reduce terrorism threats in the country, says Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division (E8) principal assistant director DCP Normah Ishak….
Covid-19 Diet: What To Eat Before And After Getting Vaccine; All You Need To KnowOutlook IndiaA healthy diet plays a very important role in ensuring that you have a safe Covid-19 vaccination experience Amid the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in India, people are still not sure what to eat and what not to have pre and post vaccination. Whil…
Hundreds defy curfew in Montreal in destructive protest of COVID-19 measuresGlobal News CanadaHundreds of people took to the streets of Montreal on Sunday night as a curfew got underway to protest the latest COVID-19 restrictions, with video posted to social media showing people gathering with little social distancing or mask-wearing and some…
Letter: COVID-19 and Salt Lake’s air pollution are a deadly mixDeseret NewsSteam rises from the Marathon refinery on a cold morning in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Steve Griffin, Deseret News As we struggle against COVID-19, air pollution is wreaking havoc on Utah residents. A recent study by Harvard University…
Stimulus And COVID-19 Attitudes Reflect Poor Math SkillsZero HedgeStimulus And COVID-19 Attitudes Reflect Poor Math Skills Authored by Bruce Wilds via Advancing Time blog, For all the noise made over Covid-19, many people might be surprised to find out that it was not the leading cause of death in the U.S….
U.S. logs $660B budget deficit in March as pandemic stimulus rolls outUPIApril 12 (UPI) — The United States spent nearly $660 billion more than it collected in revenues during March and its 2021 deficit surged to $1.7 trillion due to pandemic stimulus spending, officials reported Monday. The U.S. Treasury's monthly report…
UK economy grew slightly in FebruaryYahoo! News AustraliaThe UK economy "showed some improvement" in February after growing by 0.4%, according to official figures. However, the Office for National Statistics said the economy was still 7.8% smaller than a year earlier, before the impact of the coronavirus…
Unemployment less than expected, fearedNational Business ReviewEconomy Matters: Fiscal policy in response to Covid pandemic thankfully protected the labour market. Before Covid-19, only about 4% of New Zealand’s workforce was unemployed, down from the 6.7% it hit in the wake of the global financial crisis (GFC). R…
Variants predominant, contact tracing overwhelmed in Middlesex-LondonGlobal News CanadaLocal health officials say COVID-19 variants have become the predominant strain in London, Ont., and Middlesex County and that an ongoing surge in new cases has overwhelmed contact tracing capabilities. The alarming trends were shared during a media…
Geopolitical Impact
5 things to know for April 13: Coronavirus, Minnesota, immigration, Brexit, KnoxvilleCNN(CNN)It's the start of Ramadan. This holy month is a time of fasting, prayer and community for Muslims across the world. But for a second year, the pandemic is upending the "community" part a bit. Half of US adults expected to have at least 1 vaccine…
A 35-year CIA veteran explains what China’s up to around Taiwan and what the US should do about itBusiness InsiderTaiwanese soldiers carry a surface-to-air missile to a launcher during a military exercise at an air force base in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, August 24, 2010. Rising tensions between China and Taiwan, including increasing Chinese military activity, have…
Biden’s position in U.S.-China rivalry alters but doesn’t trash Trump’sNewsdayPresident Joe Biden cited the U.S. rivalry with Beijing's government when urging massive taxpayer investment in a newly defined American infrastructure. "Do you think China is waiting around to invest in this digital infrastructure or in research and…
China Blasts U.S. Handling of Virus Pandemic as ‘Total Failure’BloombergBeijing’s early response gave the world time, government says China has had fewer deaths from virus, seen economy rebound China criticized the way the U.S. handled the coronavirus as a “total failure,” escalating the war of words between the world’s…
China and Russia Are Launching the New Cold War Into SpaceBloombergAmerica’s best hope may be the Guardians and Elon Musk. This is Bloomberg Opinion Today, a Space Force of Bloomberg Opinion’s opinions. Sign up here . Today’s Agenda Space Wars! For being vast, mysterious and deadly, space is also somehow sort of…
China trade sanctions ‘failing to cripple Australian economy’9News.com.auTrade to China across the affected commodities, including barley, beef and coal, has dropped by 78 per cent. They came after Australia called for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and the Federal Government…
Global Outlook: the latest on global tradeEconomist Intelligence UnitIn The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) latest global outlook video, Agathe Demarais, Nick Marro and Agnese Ortolani discuss the latest trade developments. Trade held up better in 2020 than The Economist Intelligence Unit initially expected,…
India fast-tracks all COVID vaccines with emergency approval in EU, UK, US, JapanDeutsche WelleIndia has given the greenlight to fast-track emergency approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines as infections surge. India announced on Tuesday it would fast-track emergency approvals for foreign-produced COVID-19 vaccines that have been…
ME hotel sector ‘must be prepared to take advantage of new opportunities’Trade ArabiaThe region’s hospitality sector needs to prepare itself to cast aside the shackles of Covid-19 and embrace opportunities for sustained growth, driven by the success of government vaccination programmes, the emergence of new markets, and a reduction…
No nation is more important than India as US seeks to counter China: ReportBusiness Standard IndiaAs US seeks to counter a rising China, a leading think tank for science and technology policy has said no nation is more important than India with its strong political and cultural ties with the US A leading think tank for science and technology…
PH calls for South China Sea code of conductManila BulletinThe Philippines has made another pitch for the adoption of a code of conduct in the South China Sea to avoid escalating tension among claimants. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said President Duterte hopes the code of conduct will be finalized as…
US officials to meet with NATO as Afghanistan deadline loomsAl JazeeraThey are also expected to discuss the Iran nuclear accord and the Russian military build-up along the border of Ukraine. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the Russian military buildup…
Cybersecurity Impact
3 Key Cybersecurity Trends To Know For 2021 (and On …)Forbes.comMost business ventures rely on lessons learned to improve outcomes. They analyze what they did right or wrong to fill gaps and adapt strategies is often a barometer of future success. The cybersecurity industry needs to follow this heuristic model….
7 new social engineering tactics threat actors are using nowCSO Online NewsIt’s been a boom time for social engineering. Pandemic panic, desperation as income concerns grew, and worry over health and wellness made it easier for…
Cyber-criminals Increasingly Leveraging Debates About Travel During #COVID19 to Launch AttacksInfosecurity – Latest NewsCyber-criminals Increasingly Leveraging Debates About Travel During #COVID19 to Launch Attacks A 93% increase in malicious COVID-related domains created using the word ‘Travel’ has been detected in the first three months of 2021 by…
Golden Chickens and New Spear-Phishing CampaignCywareGolden Chickens, a group of cybercriminals, has been recently discovered using spear-phishing attacks aimed at business professionals on LinkedIn, with fake job offers. In their attack, crooks deliver the fileless backdoor called more_eggs. The…
Researcher, professor and author Brené Brown on how the pandemic exposed vulnerability in humans and acted as “a reminder of how much we need each other.” Plus, her thoughts on courage in leadership. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3tdbMJDWSJ – TwitterResearcher, professor and author Brené Brown on how the pandemic exposed vulnerability in humans and acted as "a reminder of how much we need each other." Plus, her thoughts on courage in leadership. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3tdbMJD
The Cybersecurity 202: America’s cyber-defenses get a ‘modest’ bump in new Biden budget planWashington Postwith Aaron Schaffer A $1.5 trillion budget request sent Friday by the White House to Congress included a $110 million increase for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity division. The…
The VC View: Data Security – Deciphering a Misunderstood CategorySecurity WeekI’m both excited and concerned to write about data security as one of the hot trends to monitor in 2021 . Data security is a tough topic to summarize and I’d argue it may be the most misunderstood category in security right now. We’re a raw industry…
The massive and sudden shift online exacerbated #cybersecurity concerns. For instance, the healthcare sector was burdened with providing care while facing an onslaught of cyberattacks. See how else the pandemic affected IT security. hxxps://kas[.]pr/ugq9 hxxps://twitter[.]com/kaspersky/status/1381676079736180737/video/1kaspersky – TwitterThe massive and sudden shift online exacerbated #cybersecurity concerns. For instance, the healthcare sector was burdened with providing care while facing an onslaught of cyberattacks. See how else the pandemic affected IT security….
Why enterprises are increasing cybersecurity budgets for 2021SC Magazine USThe more organizations can invest in their defense platforms and employees, the better equipped they are at handling potential threats. It’s straightforward logic, but an important rule of thumb that more organizations are adhering to in 2021. Accordi…
Why some jobseekers have turned to cyber crime during the pandemic hxxps://www[.]computerweekly[.]com/feature/Why-some-jobseekers-have-turned-to-cyber-crime-during-the-pandemicSecnewsbytes – TwitterWhy some jobseekers have turned to cyber crime during the pandemic hxxps://www[.]computerweekly[.]com/feature/Why-some-jobseekers-have-turned-to-cyber-crime-during-the-pandemic

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