15 June 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • China’s closed borders ‘a real problem’ for foreign business operations amid coronavirus (South China Morning Post)
  • Covid-19 slows down in India, how rest of world doing (India Today)
  • Denmark’s Christian Eriksen thanks supporters following on-field collapse, says he’s ‘fine’ (ABC Online)
  • Don’t rush to relax Covid-19 curbs, health experts in Malaysia urge (The Straits Times All News)
  • Eriksen’s collapse creates ‘national shock’ in Denmark (Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Faro airport slammed as ‘chaotic’ as holidaymakers rush back to Liverpool from Portugal (Liverpool Echo)
  • Five times as many as estimated may have died of Covid-19 in India (Telegraph)
  • Health experts say India missed early alarm, let deadly coronavirus variant spread (Today Online)
  • Human nature can combat climate change, says Belgium’s Prime Minister (World Economic Forum)
  • Indonesia extends COVID-19 restrictions for another 14 days (indonesianews.net)
  • Indonesia sees 8,892 new coronavirus infections, highest since Feb. 23 (indonesianews.net)
  • Israel drops indoor mask mandate, to reopen Jordan border | Exclusive (India Today)
  • Italy Is Turning Away From The Chinese Communist Regime (Zero Hedge)
  • Most Of Italy In ‘White Zone’, But Doubts On Foreign Travel Remain (Forbes.com)
  • Quad-play becomes most popular bundle on Belgian market (Telecompaper)
  • Spain completely dominated against Sweden, but simply could not score (ABC Online)
  • Spain held by Sweden in Euro 2020 opener as Schick stunner downs Scots (ENCA)
  • Sweden’s Covid Database Informing Strategy Forced to Shut Again (Bloomberg)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, June 14, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson confirms four-week delay to Covid unlocking (Telegraph)
  • UK – Boris Johnson delays lockdown easing for England by 4 weeks (New Zealand Herald)
  • UK – Boris Johnson to delay lifting COVID-19 restrictions in U.K., as delta variant cases climb (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Businesses demand further support as Boris Johnson delays easing of Covid restrictions (The Independent)
  • UK – The UK is delaying lifting its COVID-19 restrictions by 4 weeks until July 19, Boris Johnson announced (Yahoo! Canada)
  • US – COVID numbers remain low in Nebraska; vaccination numbers drop (Omaha World-Herald)
  • US – California reopens, says goodbye to most COVID-19 rules (star-telegram.com)
  • US – California will end most of its pandemic restrictions on Tuesday. (NYT.com U.S.)
  • US – California will fully reopen Tuesday. What will change as the pandemic fades? (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – Delta coronavirus variant, which may cause more severe illness, detected in Hawaii (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Georgia US Rep. Greene apologizes for comparing coronavirus policies to Holocaust (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Ilhan Omar sheds a tear as US Congress marks 600k Covid deaths (Mail Online UK)
  • US – Indiana rushes to spend virus relief aid on new jobs program (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Parson will sign Missouri bill curbing local health department powers during pandemics (KansasCity.com)
  • US – We’ve tracked COVID-19 outbreaks in Idaho food plants for a year. Here’s what we learned (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – What could go wrong as California reopens: Variants, vaccine skepticism, inequities (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US, Canada set to discuss lifting of Covid-19 border restrictions: Sources (The Straits Times All News)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • AirAsia’s Teleport posts strong growth (thestar.com.my)
  • Apple easing mask-wearing requirements in US stores: report (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Asahi Kasei & Nara Medical University Confirm 2… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • Aspen Pharmacare has a plan to save South Africa’s vaccine rollout (567 CapeTalk)
  • AstraZeneca jab authorised for all age-groups, says European regulator (Business Standard India)
  • AstraZeneca says its antibody treatment failed in preventing Covid-19 in exposed patients (Straits Times)
  • AstraZeneca’s Antibody Cocktail Fails to Prevent Study (NDTV Profit)
  • Chevron expects to restart Australia’s Gorgon Train 3 in coming weeks (Nasdaq)
  • Covid-19 pandemic: How Google is keeping up with India’s changing search queries (Indian Express)
  • Delta pilot’s ‘time capsule’ reveals ‘chilling’ start of the pandemic (New York Post)
  • Distribution of latest batch of Sinovac vaccines placed on hold (ABS-CBN News)
  • Fiat India Automobiles, Tata Motors JV plant resumes operations at Ranjangaon (Deccan Chronicle)
  • Forget Stockholm syndrome — we are all victims of Eskom syndrome — the parastatal has captured our speak (Daily Maverick)
  • H&M says sales up 75% as more people get vaccinated (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • H&M, Boohoo sales surge as lockdowns ease (Yahoo! India)
  • Infy to announce Q1 results on 14 July (Business Standard India)
  • Interval between AstraZeneca doses shortened to eight weeks (WindsorStar.com)
  • JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley chiefs signal Wall Street’s pandemic boom is coming to an end (TheAge.com)
  • Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo halts trials of existing drug for COVID-19 treatment (News On Japan)
  • Julius Baer pledges Rs 10.5 crore to support critical Covid-19 relief programmes in India (Economic Times)
  • Mabuza to face questions on Eskom, corruption and vaccine rollout (Citizen.co.za)
  • Microsoft executive: Employees slept in data centers to avoid pandemic lockdown (The Hill)
  • Netcare establishes digital unit to fast-track health tech (IT Web)
  • No positive Covid case in CQ, says Member for Keppel (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Pandemic-induced digital reliance to continue, create security concerns: IBM (Economic Times)
  • Pfizer, AstraZeneca preventing hospitalizations from Delta variant in Britain (CTV News)
  • Public Bank assists customers (thestar.com.my)
  • Qantas’ government aid to exceed $1.5b (Australian Financial Review)
  • Rural demand won’t support industry like last year: Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Honda Motorcycle (Economic Times)
  • Sainsbury’s worker says it was a ‘huge privilege’ to be on the Queen’s birthday honours list (Mail Online UK)
  • Shoppers in Singapore tend to reuse log-in details, passwords: IBM study (The Straits Times All News)
  • Trudeau to visit Pfizer on final day of international pandemic trip, begin quarantine (NationalPost.com)
  • Wealth management firm Julius Baer donates $1.4 mn to support Covid relief (Hindu Business Line)
  • World Coronavirus Dispatch: Pfizer, Astra shots work against Delta variant (Business Standard India)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • AstraZeneca antibody fails to prevent COVID in exposed patients (Pharmafile)
  • AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Antibody Treatment Failed To Prevent Symptoms In Exposed Individuals (Forbes.com)
  • Astra’s Antibody Cocktail Fails to Prevent Covid-19 in Study (Bloomberg)
  • Astra’s Antibody Drug Fails Study on Preventing Covid Symptoms (Bloomberg)
  • Governments need ‘portfolio of vaccines’ to beat Covid, says EMA head (FT.com – Companies)
  • Novavax vaccine 90% effective in protecting against moderate and severe Covid, trial results suggest (The Independent)
  • Novavax vaccine trial shows 90% efficacy in combating Covid-19 (FT.com – Companies)
  • SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing: weighing the false positives against the costs of failing to control transmission (Lancet Respiratory Medicine)
  • Trial finds Novavax vaccine 90.4% effective against COVID-19 variants (Mail Online UK)
  • UK could shorten gap between AstraZeneca Covid jab doses from 12 to 8 weeks (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Vaccine pledges are not enough to end the pandemic, the W.H.O. director says. (New York Times)
Societal & Economic Impact
Alcohol consumption and the pandemicIrish TimesSir, – You quote new research in the Addiction medical journal which found that “Ireland is one of only two countries in Europe where alcohol consumption did not decline” during the Covid-19 pandemic and that “average consumption remained unchanged”…
COVID spiked suicide attempts in teenage girls by 51 percent: US CDCzeenews.comWashington: Suicide attempts by teenage girls in the US rose by 51 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report showed that between February 21 and March 20, 2021, the emergency…
Disney World Sees Spike In Visitors Carrying Concealed Firearms During PandemicForbes.comW alt Disney World Resort has seen a spike of visitors carrying concealed firearms over the past year, the Orlando Sentinel reports , a remarkable trend considering that the world’s largest theme park resort was closed for four months during the…
Kansas governor tries to keep COVID state of emergency alivestar-telegram.comDemocratic Gov. Laura Kelly is trying to persuade deeply skeptical Republican lawmakers to extend Kansas' state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that it's still necessary for vaccinations and ……
Maine offering $1,500 payments to people on unemployment who go back to workThe HillThe Maine state government on Tuesday announced it would be providing $1,500 payments to be given to employees who start working between June 15-30 to encourage unemployed residents to rejoin the workforce. In a press release, the state government…
New Hampshire high school marks students lacking coronavirus vaccine with sharpie for contact tracing purposes, draws backlashNew York Daily NewsThe goal was to have a near-normal prom experience while keeping kids safe, the school district said. To do so, dance staff scrawled a number on the hands of students who could not provide vaccination proof, WMUR-TV reported. There were three dance…
PM to deliver special address on National Recovery Plan at 5pm today (June 15)thestar.com.myPUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to deliver a special address at 5pm on Tuesday (June 15). The address will touch on the national recovery plan from the Covid-19 pandemic. Muhyiddin said on Sunday (June 13) that the…
Short-term measures should be immediate priority in recovery plan, say expertsThe Sun DailyPETALING JAYA: Any economic recovery plan that will be introduced now must give priority to meeting the immediate needs of the people. On the other hand, the country must not lose sight of the need for a long-term plan to get the economy back on its…
The economy is paying for the government’s pandemic mistakes as restrictions are extendedThe IndependentThe furlough scheme is high on a short list of things that the government has done well during the pandemic, writes James Moore , and the decision not to extend it is unforgivable and will have lasting consequences T he risk of the government’s…
When States Are Ending Pandemic Unemployment BenefitsNew York TimesTwenty-five states will stop participating in some or all of the federal unemployment programs that were created during the pandemic. In ending the expanded benefits, many of the states’ governors cited shortages of workers.
Geopolitical Impact
ASEAN defense ministers to meet as South China Sea tensions riseNikkei Asian ReviewSINGAPORE — Defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will meet online on Tuesday to discuss regional security, with South China Sea tensions and recent Chinese moves expected to be high on the agenda. The 10-member bloc will…
Can ‘Wuhan Spirit’ be revived between China, India?Global TimesChina India Photo: GT Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the Galwan Valley conflict between India and China. Right now, China-India relations are still facing difficulties. Most Indian scholars attribute the serious deterioration of China-India…
China denounces NATO statement, defends country’s defense policyBusiness Standard India– The Chinese mission to the European Union on Tuesday denounced a NATO statement that declared Beijing a security challenge, saying China is actually a force for peace but will defend itself if threatened. The Chinese news release said the NATO…
China warns NATO it won’t ‘sit back’ if challenged by bloc, urges dialogueBusiness Standard IndiaWestern alliance's communique mentions China 10 times, compared to just once after its last summit in 2019. China warned the North Atlantic Treaty Organization it won’t “sit back” in the face of any challenges, illustrating the potential for tensions…
China’s behaviour a constant ‘systemic challenge’: Nato talks toughBusiness Standard India'You shouldn't get the Quad…," Biden reveals Chinese leader's warning on the alliance Nato leaders agree that China poses a constant security challenge and is working to undermine the global rules-based system, and they are worried about how fast it's…
Farm workers see wages soar by 60 per cent amid dire labour shortage caused by Brexit and Covid Mail Online UKVeg packers' pay rockets to £20 an hour: Farm workers see wages soar by 60 per cent amid dire labour shortage caused by Brexit and Covid Covid and Brexit are blamed for driving away thousands of foreign pickers  Bosses are estimated to need up to…
India, Africa must strive together for decentralised globalisation: EAMBusiness Standard IndiaJaishankar on Monday said that India and Africa must strive together for "decentralised globalisation" to enhance capacities and overcome challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic Noting that the vulnerable gets "short changed" when supply chains are…
Moon says S. Korea to push for COVID-19 vaccine supplies if North Korea agreesYonhap News Agency(ATTN: COMBINES story slugged Moon-N Korea vaccine; UPDATES with details; TRIMS throughout; ADDS photos) VIENNA, June 14 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that his country will push proactively for…
NATO countries ready to collectively respond to attacks in spaceBusiness Standard IndiaNATO leaders on Monday will expand the use of their all for one, one for all, collective defense clause to include attacks in space, the military organization's top civilian official said. NATO leaders on Monday will expand the use of their all for…
Taiwan rebuts claim people rushing to China for COVID vaccinationTaiwan News OnlineElderly Taiwanese people prepare to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a primary school in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Elderly Taiwanese people prepare to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a primary school in Taipei,…
Views: India needs to play itself back into lead position in the China gameEconomic TimesOn this day a year ago, somewhere along the inhospitable reaches of the Line of Actual Control (LoAC) in the Galwan river valley of eastern Ladakh, Major Santosh Babu took a call that in one stroke ended India’s strategic ambivalence on China. He…
Warning: Shortages of goods arriving in the UK amid pandemic and Brexit could ‘choke off’ recoveryHerald ScotlandBy Ian McConnell SHORTAGES of goods arriving in the UK and inflation triggered by supply-chain disruption could "choke off" any recovery in the retail sector, an expert has warned. Mark Hart, a retail partner at tax, accounting and business advisory…
Cybersecurity Impact
COVID19 Testing Management System 1.0 (COVID19 TMS v1.0) – Stored Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS)WLB2 Database – CXSecurity.comTopic: COVID19 Testing Management System 1.0 (COVID19 TMS v1.0) – Stored Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS) Risk: Low Text:# Exploit Title: COVID19 Testing Management System 1.0 – Stored Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS) # Date: 11 June 2021 # Exploit Aut…
Cybersecurity Beyond The Enterprise: The Top Tips Everyone Should KnowForbes.comCEO and Co-founder of  Living Security , turning people from cybersecurity risks to strengths. Cybersecurity training is something that normally happens at corporate offices, but the reality is that everyone is susceptible to cyberattacks any time…
Cybersecurity Certifications: Take Your Career to the Next LevelSecurity IntelligenceAs I help my two teenagers figure out what to do after high school, I wonder when a certification is better than a four-year degree. I’ve seen firsthand the pressure among their friends to invest a very large amount of money in college. Meanwhile,…
DDoS attacks increase 341% amid pandemic – hxxps://www[.]helpnetsecurity[.]com/2021/06/11/ddos-attacks-increase-pandemic/ – @Nexusguard #cybersecurity #security #infosecurity #itsecurity #CISO #cybersecuritynews #securitynews hxxps://twitter[.]com/helpnetsecurity/status/1404454135282421762/photo/1helpnetsecurity – TwitterDDoS attacks increase 341% amid pandemic – hxxps://www[.]helpnetsecurity[.]com/2021/06/11/ddos-attacks-increase-pandemic/ – @Nexusguard #cybersecurity #security #infosecurity #itsecurity #CISO #cybersecuritynews #securitynews…
DeKalb to reopen applications for pandemic rental assistance after cyberattackAtlanta Journal And ConstitutionDeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond Credit: DeKalb County government Credit: DeKalb County government DeKalb County | 3 minutes ago Only about 4% of the county’s $21M rental program budget has been disbursed DeKalb County leaders announced Monday they…
Huge disparities in vaccination rates are creating islands of vulnerability across the countryWashington PostJUST AS the United States fell into a patchwork of pandemic responses last year, the lifesaving vaccine drive has encountered troublesome zones of indifference and resistance. President Biden’s goal of at least partial vaccination for 70 percent of…
Phishing Attacks Growing at Rapid Pace: ReportsCywareRecent research revealed that there has been a significant increase in phishing attacks since the pandemic. According to a report by the FBI, 11 times more phishing attacks were reported in 2020 as compared to 2016. Moreover, over 91% of security…
Remote Workers Need a Cybersecurity Safety Checklist to Stay Cyber Safe at HomeCyber Security AseanAuthored by: Jacqueline Jayne, Security Awareness Advocate, KnowBe4 The outbreak of COVID-19 saw nearly every organisation across the world shift their people to remote work.  This revealed the unpreparedness of the majority of organisations when it…
Top threats to consumer cyber safetyHelp Net Security – NewsNorton Labs revealed the top cybersecurity trends from January to March 2021. Phishing campaigns remained the number one threat to consumer cyber safety, with top scams relating to the pandemic, including vaccine-oriented, financial relief, and…
Why are fewer businesses taking cybersecurity seriously?CyberNews – SecurityThere has been a strong sense that the Covid pandemic has exacerbated the cyber risks faced by organizations. A combination of rapid digital transformation of operations and the willingness of attackers to exploit the uncertainty this creates has…

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