16 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
Actions by Companies
  • 47 personnel of Coal India Jharkhand’s arm die due to Covid-19 (Livemint.com)
  • Air travel faces the pandemic wrath as Covid-19 clips Ryanair’s wings (Irish Independent)
  • Airtel announces benefits for low-income customers amid Covid crisis (Business Standard India)
  • Airtel offers digital tools to support users affected by Covid-19 (Livemint.com)
  • Amazon Readies To Take Over The Post-Pandemic World (Forbes.com)
  • Amazon, sellers tie up to supply 9,000 oxygen concentrators to Indian users (Business Standard India)
  • Catering arm of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific could be next vendor for food scandal-plagued Covid-19 quarantine centre (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Coronavirus Qantas investigating accuracy of COVID-19 tests in India (9News.com.au)
  • Don’t doubt the reliability of Lidl tests, supplier says (Irish Independent)
  • Google’s Remote Work Policy Allows 20% Employees Permanent WFH (Indiatimes)
  • Hero MotoCorp to set up 100-bed coronavirus centre in Gurugram (Business Standard India)
  • Hyundai extends free service, warranty period amid Covid-19 second wave (Business Standard India)
  • IKEA boss plans big post-Covid boom (Irish Independent)
  • Italy Reopens To U.S. Travelers-If They Fly Delta (Forbes.com)
  • L’Oreal pledges $340k to help women’s aid group expand into KSA (Arab News)
  • Mahindra supports farmers with M-Protect Covid plan; applicable on Mahindra tractors purchase in May (United News of India)
  • Meet The Bank Of America Exec Accused Of Ruling Through COVID With An “Iron Fist” (Zero Hedge)
  • Opinion: Misled into heeding the call for AstraZeneca (CTV News)
  • Pfizer and Moderna jabs may help guard against next coronavirus pandemic (Telegraph)
  • Qantas reviewing diagnostic process for COVID-19 in India (TheAge.com)
  • Ramaphosa wants SABC to boost ANC coverage in ‘Covid’ election (Times Live South Africa)
  • Rolls-Royce in talks with Boeing for a ‘clean sheet’ jetliner (Asia Times Online)
  • Smooth AstraZeneca vaccination process at WTCKL PPV, doses increased to 8,100 from today (Malay Mail)
  • Starbucks and Other Businesses Relax Mask Policies (New York Times)
  • Thanks to a pandemic production crunch, movie theaters are running out of movies. They’re turning to an unlikely source for more: Netflix. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2QllR9r (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Walmart, Costco ditch face mask requirement for fully vaccinated shoppers (Washington Times)
  • Will Starbucks require masks? What you need to know come Monday (Oregonian)
  • Yamaha Motor India Extends Warranty And Service Period Till June 30, 2021 (NDTV)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • 47 more COVID-19 deaths, nearly 93K more vaccinations given (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Coronavirus vaccines to be offered to over-35s within days, Matt Hancock says (The Independent)
  • Covid-19 has not yet run its course. But vaccines have created the chance to save millions of lives. The world must not squander it hxxps://econ[.]st/33CTPcD (TheEconomist – Twitter)
  • If We Want To Put The Pandemic Behind Us, We’ll Have To Crack Down On Vaccine Disinformation (Forbes.com)
  • Local biotech working on a vaccine against present and future coronavirus strains (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Mass. reports 66,675 new COVID-19 vaccinations (Boston Globe)
  • Ministers hope targeted vaccine drive can beat Indian Covid variant (Mail Online UK)
  • Those in areas where Indian variant spreading urged to get vaccine (The Independent)
  • U.S. Covid Vaccination Pace Starts To Stabilize After Weeks Of Steep Declines (Forbes.com)
  • ‘High degree of confidence’ that vaccines work against Indian variant of Covid, says Matt Hancock (The Independent)
Societal & Economic Impact
Bank of England considers flexible working despite Bailey’s vowTelegraphCentral bank staff may work partly from home after pandemic despite Governor urging Britons back to the office last summer The Bank of England is testing ways to let staff spend more time at home after the pandemic despite its Governor, Andrew Bailey,…
COVID-19 recovery diet: What to eat when recovering from coronavirusTimes of IndiaAlong with all the medicines and multivitamins that you might be taking, including a healthy meal in your diet while recovering from COVID-19 is equally crucial. A well-balanced and nutritious diet, particularly at the time when you are down with…
Defying Blockchain events make an in…ADVFN DeutschlandDue to the pandemic, many global events have been canceled, but some conferences can still be visited in 2021. … Continue reading Defying COVID-19: Blockchain events make an in-person return The post Defying COVID-19: Blockchain events make an in-person…
Dr. Nicole Saphier: COVID-19 and America – the state of emergency is over and it’s time to declare itFOXNews.comOn March 25, 2020 President Donald Trump   declared  a State of Emergency for the United States as  New York City  was reporting nearly 4,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, a number that doubled by the following week. On that day, NYC  recorded…
Guest cap: Virus rampage now, food shortage in ’60sTimes of IndiaAhmedabad: In this corona era, a cap has been placed on wedding guests, in part, because of hospital bed shortage; in the 1960s, cops ensured a similar pruning of guest lists because of, metaphorically, bread shortage. In the current pandemic, police…
Hong Kong’s jobless rate will drop noticeably due to sharp rebound in economy, easing of Covid-19 situation, finance minister saysSouth China Morning Post – NewsHong Kong’s high jobless rate will drop noticeably on the back of a sharp rebound in the economy and the easing of the local Covid-19 pandemic situation, the city’s finance minister has said[.]Writing on his official blog on Sunday, Financial…
Meet the 9-year-old activist using social media to send oxygen to COVID-19 patients in IndiaCTV NewsTORONTO — As India continues to attempt to contain a massive outbreak of COVID-19 that has killed more than 266,000 people, a prominent nine-year-old climate activist is taking matters into her own hands and using her online influence to save lives. I…
No Stimulus Check? Here’s Why You Didn’t Get OneInternational Business TimesSince the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States, many Americans have been focused on whether or not they would be eligible to receive aid in the form of stimulus checks which were disbursed by the IRS under both the Trump and Biden…
Pandemic induced unemployment forces man to kill self in HamirpurUnited News of IndiaHamirpur (HP), May 16 (UNI) A 30-year-old old mechanic who was without a job during the pandemic ended his life by hanging himself on a tree in Gwalpathar gram panchayat of the district on Saturday. Reports reaching here revealed that Ashu, the dead,…
Son commits suicide after mother succumbs to COVID-19Gulf NewsEgyptian mother passed away a month ago after battling COVID-19 Dubai: Unable to bear the loss of his mother, a 21-year-old Egyptian man committed suicide by throwing himself on a railway, local media reported. The Egyptian mother has passed away one…
Geopolitical Impact
‘Quad should morph into economic NATO to counter China coercion’Ani NewsWashington [ US ], May 16 (ANI): If the Quad rilateral Security Dialogue ( Quad ) made up of Australia , India , Japan , and the United States ( US ) has to function properly, it should morph into a treaty-based economic alliance, wherein all commit…
As violence spikes between Israel and Palestine, Grand Rapids group gathers in protestGrand Rapids PressGRAND RAPIDS, MI — Protesters in downtown Grand Rapids called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel as the country’s ongoing conflict with Palestine flared into a new round of violence this week. About 35 people gathered at the corner of Fulton Street and…
India urges China to stabilise price of APIs linked to Covid-19Economic TimesIndia has urged China to stabilise the prices of active pharmaceutical ingredients () that are used for making Covid-19-related medicines and allow flights of cargo carriers without disruption, people aware of the development told ET. Indian…
View: Is India’s second Covid wave China’s biological war against India?Economic TimesAmidst the deadly and devastating second Corona wave, India is abuzz with a conspiracy theory suggesting a hidden Chinese hand behind the 2nd Covid wave to avenge its embarrassment in Himalayan heights resulting from the nine-month-long stand-off…
Was Brexit the root cause of the arrival of Indian Covid variant?The IndependentCritics ask if PM’s hope for trade deal led to delay in shutting down travel, writes Andrew Woodcock o the already long list of harmful impacts of Brexit on the UK, it appears that we may have to add the arrival of the Indian coronavirus variant in…
Cybersecurity Impact
Arizona Republicans are inventing cyber threats instead of dealing with real onesAZCentral.comIf you’re reading this, go ahead and assume your digital information isn’t safe and that Arizona’s Republican leaders are absolutely fine with that. The future of security is cybersecurity, but instead of properly funding education or writing new laws…
HSE working to restore systems amid claims that ransomware demand is $20mIrish IndependentW hile authorities say that it could be a week until all systems return to normal, there are new claims that the ransomware gang have stolen data and are demanding $20m in payment. The ransom demanded by hackers from the HSE could be as much as $20m,…
Health appointments cancelled amid HSE IT system cyber attackIrish IndependentThe services were closed down following a ransomware attack on Friday. Thousands of patients face cancelled appointments and delays to health services next week as the HSE tries to rebuild its IT systems following a cyber attack. A ransomware attack…
Ie: Cyberattack on HSE: Scale of damage from Conti’s ransomware attack will not be known for daysDataBreaches.netJack Horgan-Jones and Conor Lally report: It will be at least three days before the scale of the damage from “possibly the most significant cyber crime attack on the Irish State” is clear, a Government Minister has said. Green Party Minister of State…
Patients fear cyber attack will delay vital treatmentIrish IndependentAnne Marie Davy expected to go for a brain scan and an MRI on Friday only to learn these were cancelled due to the cyber attack. T he mother of four has been receiving cancer treatment for the past four years. She had surgery at Dublin’s Mater Hospital…
Ransomware is a national security threat and a big business — and it’s wreaking havocWashington PostThe hacker ring’s ransom note appeared on the company’s computer screens this past Monday. “Your computers and servers are encrypted, backups are deleted,” it said. “We use strong encryption algorithms, so you cannot decrypt your data.” But, the…
The Colonial Pipeline hack finally made the ransomware crisis real for America, and Americans got really madBusiness InsiderAttendants direct cars in gas lines on May 11 in Charlotte, North Carolina, after fears of a shortage surged due to a pipeline hack. This story is available exclusively to Insider subscribers. Become an Insider and start reading now. Last week…
The pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in chipmaking, but the race to dominate the world of semiconductors is just beginning. Listen to “Babbage” hxxps://econ[.]st/3eMMmOdTheEconomist – TwitterThe pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in chipmaking, but the race to dominate the world of semiconductors is just beginning. Listen to “Babbage” hxxps://econ[.]st/3eMMmOd
The pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in chipmaking, but the race to dominate the world of semiconductors is just beginning. Listen to “Babbage” hxxps://econ[.]st/3y76VgdTheEconomist – TwitterThe pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in chipmaking, but the race to dominate the world of semiconductors is just beginning. Listen to “Babbage” hxxps://econ[.]st/3y76Vgd
To protect all of us, government and business had better step up cybersecurityChicago Sun-TimesLast year, nearly 2,400 local governments, health care facilities and schools were victims of ransomware. People living in the Southeast can tell you what happens when a critical company, in this case Colonial Pipeline, doesn’t shield itself…

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