14 March 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • 61-year-old man is Singapore’s 30th COVID-19 fatality (Channel NewsAsia)
  • A year ago today, France and Spain went into lockdown (Mail Online UK)
  • Australia aiming to create travel bubble with Singapore by July (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Brazil overtakes India as the second worst-hit country from Covid-19 (Hindustan Times)
  • COVID might have been in Canada earlier than when it was first identified: expert (VancouverSun.com)
  • China research team finds 24 new bat coronaviruses within 2km radius (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Easter lockdown looms in Italy as COVID-19 surges (Global News Canada)
  • Female professors in Switzerland? Still a way to go (Swiss Info)
  • Germany: Protests against coronavirus restrictions leave 12 Dresden officers injured (Deutsche Welle)
  • Italy aims to vaccinate at least 80% of population by end of September (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy braces for another lockdown amid fears of ‘new wave’ of COVID infections (New York Daily News)
  • Italy wants 80pc vaccinated before October (The West Australian)
  • Johor to receive up to 100,000 more Covid-19 vaccines for Malaysian workers, aims to reopen border with Singapore by June (The Straits Times All News)
  • Spain’s Central Bank Governor Says Growth Forecast Will Be Pared (Bloomberg)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, March 13, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Mar. 14, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – ‘Chicken man’ left running the country for weeks: How Boris Johnson’s ex aide Lee Cain took charge (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – A year ago today, France and Spain went into lockdown (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson faces major rebellion over extending lockdown laws in England (Telegraph)
  • UK – Matt Hancock wants to increase statutory sick pay from £95.85 a week ‘to create a healthier nation’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Pub group plans legal challenge over Boris Johnson’s refusal to let them open up sooner (Mail Online UK)
  • US – ‘Masking works’: Austin fights back as Texas loosens Covid-19 restrictions (The Guardian)
  • US – 3 Fully Vaccinated People Catch Covid-19 Coronavirus, Says Hawaii DOH (Forbes.com)
  • US – A year with How Minnesota’s response stacks up (TwinCities.com)
  • US – COVID demanded transparency. Has Nevada delivered? (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – Delaware courts may move to next phase of reopening in June (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Florida a coronavirus and spring break hotspot (FOXNews.com)
  • US – Minnesota governor lays out major rollback of COVID-19 restrictions (star-telegram.com)
  • US – One year into coronavirus pandemic, Massachusetts among hardest hit by hunger (Boston Herald)
  • US – Texas health department reports virus increase of 373,015 (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Wedding season returns after coronavirus with ‘insane’ demand in Massachusetts (Boston Herald)
  • WHO scientist who spoke out about Italy’s handling of Covid crisis resigns (The Guardian)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • War zones were easier than our move to Portugal during the pandemic (Telegraph)
  • ‘Brazil’s COVID-19 situation concerning’ (Mid Day)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • An experimental Covid-19 drug that could be a kind of Tamiflu for the pandemic had positive results in a preliminary study hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/30wdZTU (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Around one in four adults, or roughly 66m Americans, insist that they will not get the coronavirus vaccine hxxps://econ[.]st/3eyWN8E (TheEconomist – Twitter)
  • Boris’s jab’s on: Prime Minister expected to have coronavirus vaccine THIS WEEK  (Mail Online UK)
  • Breathless (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • Ireland’s vaccine body proposes AstraZeneca suspension (BBC)
  • Mass. reports 50,612 new COVID-19 vaccinations Saturday (Boston Globe)
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has turbo-charged the surge in fentanyl overdoses sweeping the western states, as drug experts warn of a crisis within a crisis (Clusterstock)
  • Why experts say it’s especially important for heart patients to get the coronavirus vaccine (Washington Post)
  • Will Covid-19 Vaccination Disqualify You From Life Insurance? Here Are The Claims (Forbes.com)
  • com atraso nas vacinas, Itália fechará lojas e escolas após nova onda (BBC)
  • ‘Still a long way to go’: Florida’s race disparity in COVID-19 vaccinations remains, but shrinks (Orlando Sentinel)
Societal & Economic Impact
$1,400 stimulus payments, unemployment benefits among items in Biden’s COVID-19 relief billCBS NewsThere's a lot more to President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief bill than funding vaccination efforts and $1,400 stimulus checks. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss what other benefits are available…
By the Numbers: The COVID-19 Economy 1 Year LaterMSN News SingaporeWithout a doubt, 2020 was undoubtedly one of the most dramatic years for the U.S. economy in recent history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health shutdowns and other public safety measures meant to protect people had a significant negative…
Close contacts of COVID-19 doctor test negative as contact tracing continuesABC OnlineQueensland has one new case of COVID-19, but it is likely historic and not connected to the case of a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane who tested positive to the infection, the state's health authorities say. Three close contacts…
Euro drops as ECB to boost pace of bond purchasesQatar TribuneDPA-AFX Brussels The euro drifted lower against its most major counterparts in the European session on Thursday, after the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged and signalled that it would accelerate purchases under the pandemic…
Sunday shows preview: Democrats declare victory on COVID-19 stimulus; Vaccination efforts provide hope for summerThe HillThe coronavirus stimulus package and the ongoing vaccination efforts are expected to take center stage when lawmakers hit the airwaves Sunday for the talk show circuit. President Biden this week signed into law a $1.9 trillion package that covers a…
The pandemic stranded these Americans overseas. Now, their unemployment benefits are in jeopardyCNBCTens of thousands of Americans were stuck abroad in the early days of the Covid pandemic. Those lockdowns and travel restrictions prevented many of them from collecting unemployment benefits for several months. States have said individuals must be in…
Thousands gather for protest against pandemic public health measuresCTV NewsMONTREAL — Thousands of people have gathered in downtown Montreal for a march in opposition to Quebec's pandemic public health measures. Police said many people in the crowd are not wearing masks, a violation of the province's rules aimed at curbing…
Thousands gather in Montreal for protest against pandemic public health measuresCTV NewsMONTREAL — Thousands of people have gathered in downtown Montreal for a march in opposition to Quebec's pandemic public health measures. Police said many people in the crowd are not wearing masks, a violation of the province's rules aimed at curbing…
Thousands protest Quebec’s COVID-19 lockdown measuresGlobal News CanadaThousands of people marched in protest against Quebec’s COVID-19 lockdown measures in Montreal on Saturday, chanting “liberté” alongside heavy police presence. Authorities say several arrests were made. Olivia O’Malley reports.
Two arrested at Denmark protest against Covid-19 measuresThe Straits Times All NewsMarch 14, 2021 4:58 PM The protest was organised by a group against the “dictatorship” of Denmark’s Covid-19 restrictions.
Geopolitical Impact
China streamlines mainland visas for foreigners in Hong Kong inoculated with Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccinesChannel NewsAsiaHONG KONG: China's foreign ministry office in Hong Kong said that it will simplify mainland China visa applications for foreigners in the city who have been inoculated with Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines. The simplified process, effective from Monday…
China to conduct trial of two Canadian nationals for alleged espionageAni NewsBeijing [ China ], March 14 (ANI): Canadian nationals Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor , who were prosecuted by the procuratorates in China for suspected crimes undermining China 's national security, will soon be tried, a source said. According to…
Covid update: India ranking falls; China vaccine discrimination; fake test scamHindustan TimesPUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2021 12:01 AM IST About The Video From Brazil overtaking India with regard to total confirmed cases, to an alleged fake test report scam being unearthed in Gujarat – here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 6…
Labour draws up ‘parliamentary warfare’ to win better NHS dealThe GuardianParty targets Queen’s speech as chance to hijack government plans and force a rise in 1% pay offer Labour is to engage in “parliamentary warfare” in an attempt to force through an above-inflation pay rise for NHS workers, with the party planning to…
Quad summit: US, India, Australia and Japan counter China’s ‘vaccine diplomacy’ with pledge to distribute a billion doses across Indo-PacificSouth China Morning PostPromise to help fight against Covid-19 could help security grouping counter Beijing’s influence in the region US President Joe Biden has made the region and the growing rivalry with China a major focus of his foreign policy
Sick man of Europe: Record virus surge in Hungary despite deals with Russia and ChinaTelegraphThe country now has the third highest Covid-19 fatality rate in the world, and is fourth place globally in deaths per capita It’s an unwelcome paradox for Hungary. Medics have dispensed over a million vaccinations, and the country now only trails…
Union Minister of Jal Shakti reviews progress made under Jal Jeevan Mission with Water Resource Ministers of all States/ UTsOrissadiary.comNew Delhi: The Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat chaired a webinar with all States/ UTs Ministers in-charge of rural water supply and reviewed the progress made under the Jal Jeevan Mission – a flagship program of the Union…
[Column] S. Korea should export hope to N. Korea’s new generation of officialsHani.co.kr:[Column] S. Korea should export hope to N. Korea 2019s new generation of officials ) : ) : Kim Jong-dae By Kim Jong-dae, visiting scholar at Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies\/strong> I met a North Korean defector in his early 40s, who had traveled…
Cybersecurity Impact
49% of female cybersecurity pros say the pandemic had a positive impact on their career – hxxps://www[.]helpnetsecurity[.]com/2021/03/09/female-cybersecurity-pros-career-impact/ – #cybersecurity #security #infosecurity #itsecurity #CISO #cybersecuritynews #securitynews hxxps://twitter[.]com/helpnetsecurity/status/1370767028622090243/photo/1helpnetsecurity – Twitter49% of female cybersecurity pros say the pandemic had a positive impact on their career – hxxps://www[.]helpnetsecurity[.]com/2021/03/09/female-cybersecurity-pros-career-impact/ – #cybersecurity #security #infosecurity #itsecurity #CISO…
Covid-19 and cyberattacks: Which emerging markets and sectors are most at risk?Borneo Post OnlineThe Covid-19 pandemic has helped drive the rapid growth of digital solutions. While this has enabled a number of positive developments, it has also exposed many sectors to a heightened threat of cyberattacks. As lockdowns and curfews were introduced…
These unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/2Nmvrra hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1371003446564896769/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThese unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/2Nmvrra…
These unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/3rJcwpq hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1370761907079118852/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThese unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/3rJcwpq…
These unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/3thDq89 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1370905324861939716/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThese unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/3thDq89…
These unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/3tlCK1D hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1370799604317491202/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThese unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/3tlCK1D…
These unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/3vpqRJC hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1370965708658597889/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterThese unexpected sectors have been vulnerable to cybersecurity threats The pandemic has accelerated cybersecurity risks across various industries. Here are 3 sectors that are experiencing some unique challenges. hxxps://binged[.]it/3vpqRJC…

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