17 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • 3 Of Italy’s Idyllic Islands Just Became COVID-Free (Forbes.com)
  • A desperate India falls prey to Covid-19 scammers (The Straits Times All News)
  • American woman reveals how easy it was to buy three homes in Italy for $1.60 each (MSN New Zealand)
  • Brits living in Portugal urge caution from incoming tourists (Mail Online UK)
  • Corner of Spain tucked away near Merseyside train station (Liverpool Echo)
  • How the pandemic raised the stake for Japanese retailers (FT.com – Companies)
  • India Boosting Vaccination to Prevent Another Wave of Infections (Bloomberg)
  • India’s COVID crisis rages while some global travel resumes (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • India’s virus crisis rages while some global travel resumes (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Let’s have a pint and revisit Italia ’90 for a welcome lift (Irish Independent)
  • Modeling COVID-19 with Uncertainty in Granada, Spain. Intra-Hospitalary Circuit and Expectations over the Next Months (MDPI)
  • Mugged and still waiting for Covid test results – what happened when I travelled to France (Telegraph)
  • President Ramaphosa leaves for France to attend President Macron’s summit (IOL)
  • Singapore to close schools from Wednesday amid fears B.1.617 variant ‘affects children more’ (South China Morning Post – News)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • Turkey Gradually Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions (Albawaba)
  • U.S.-Canada border expected to reopen (CBS News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson banks on British caution as restrictions lift (Politico.eu)
  • UK – Boris Johnson can’t keep making the same Covid mistakes – the risk of new variants isn’t going away (The Independent)
  • UK – Government not ruling out local lockdowns to tackle Covid-19 variants, Matt Hancock says (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
  • UK – Once again, Boris Johnson is playing catch-up when it comes to Covid-19 (The Independent)
  • UK – UK government urges ‘common sense’ in face of variant threat as restrictions eased (FT.com – World)
  • UK eases lockdown but Covid variant from India threatens summer freedom (CNBC)
  • US – Dr. Fauci explains science behind new CDC mask recommendations in U.S. amid pandemic (Global News Canada)
  • US – How a Colorado Campus Became a Pandemic Laboratory (New York Times)
  • US – Old North Carolina Capitol building reopens to public (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Opinion: CDC guidance startles America (MSN Canada)
  • US – Oregon Insight: Businesses shuttered by the thousands early in the pandemic, but most came right back (Oregonian)
  • US – Starbucks to relax mask policy for fully vaccinated Monday; see guidelines for local, national chains in Northeast Ohio (Cleveland.com)
  • US – Tech tools help deepen citizen input in drafting laws (thestar.com.my)
  • US – WHO, CDC Recognize Risk of Virus Aerosols (Bloomberg)
  • Vaccinations accelerate in Italy, while the EU mulls a COVID-19 travel pass (Taipei Times Online)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • What can British people expect on their holiday in Portugal? (Telegraph)
Actions by Companies
  • $3B deal to acquire Domtar has no impact on P.A. mill plans: Paper Excellence VP (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
  • Airtel offers free recharge pack to low-income customers (The Hindu)
  • Airtel to offer customer benefits worth INR 2.7 billion during Covid-19 crisis (Telecompaper)
  • Amazon to hire 10,000 jobs after lockdown ends in UK (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Britain yet to decide on Pfizer offer to vaccinate Olympians (star-telegram.com)
  • Covid Still Main Risk, Says Deutsche Bank’s Spencer (Bloomberg)
  • Eli Lilly inks pact with Natco Pharma for Covid-19 drug baricitinib (Business Standard India)
  • GP clinics to offer AstraZeneca jab to over 50s from today (TownsvilleBulletin.com.au)
  • Global swelling in debt posing risk in global recovery, says Moody’s (Bernama)
  • Hero MotoCorp To Restart Operations At Select Plants (NDTV Profit)
  • Honda extends warranty, free service period for its two-wheelers amid Covid-19 (Hindustan Times)
  • Hyundai extends vehicle warranty, free service by 2 months (India Today)
  • Indonesian Ministry Review Says Sinovac 98% Effective to Prevent Covid Deaths (Tempo.co)
  • Lufthansa to operate flights between India and Germany via Bahrain instead of Dubai (Outlook India)
  • Moody’s – Second COVID-19 surge will delay earnings recovery for Indian companies (Business Insider)
  • No room to breathe for SK, Hyundai, S-Oil as hefty quota awaits (The Korea Times News)
  • Phase 2 of SA’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout starts: This is how it works (News24)
  • Plan to offer alternative Covid jab to AstraZeneca to under-40s could be reversed (Mail Online UK)
  • Reliance to Provide Free Fuel Upto 50 Litres Every Day for Vehicles on Covid-19 Duty in Rajasthan (News18.com)
  • Ryanair reveals record annual losses but sees recovery on horizon (Sky News)
  • S. Korea to Receive Additional AstraZeneca, Pfizer Vaccines This Week (Korea Broadcasting System)
  • Sanofi, GSK expect to seek vaccine authorization in late 2021 (Washington Post)
  • Second Covid surge will delay earnings recovery for Indian companies: Moody’s (Livemint.com)
  • Second Covid wave will delay earnings recovery of India Inc: Moody’s (Business Standard India)
  • Senior citizens can apply for AstraZeneca vaccination from May 23-26 (Bernama)
  • SingPost banks on e-commerce as Covid-19 hits other business segments (Business Times Singapore)
  • Starbucks to relax mask policy for fully vaccinated Monday; see guidelines for local, national chains in Northeast Ohio (Cleveland.com)
  • The science behind Chinese Sinopharm vaccine: Inactivated virus and mystery of falling immunity (India Today)
  • Updated rules for Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, M&S as lockdown laws change (Liverpool Echo)
  • Viral post on AstraZeneca signup open to all is fake, says vaccine committee (thestar.com.my)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • A SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody with extensive spike binding coverage (News-Medical.Net)
  • Alemania: Será necesaria otra vacuna contra Covid en un año (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • Cipla says supply of COVID-19 drug remdesivir catching up with demand (FirstWord Pharma)
  • Covid-19 live updates: India could be just the beginning of a global surge, warns U.N. in vaccine equity plea (Washington Post)
  • Covid-19 live updates: India could just be the beginning of a global surge, warns U.N. in vaccine equity plea (Washington Post)
  • D.C. has struggled to get students their routine vaccinations during the pandemic. Will the coronavirus shots be better? (Washington Post)
  • India rolls out new local Covid drug after emergency approval (BBC)
  • Mass. reports 48,671 new COVID-19 vaccinations Sunday (Boston Globe)
  • Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines induce robust T cell response against SARS-CoV-2 variants (News-Medical.Net)
  • Phase 2 trial shows INO-4800 SARS-CoV-2 DNA vaccine safe and tolerable in adults (News-Medical.Net)
Societal & Economic Impact
Diet an important tool in fight against Covid-19, say dieticiansTimes of Indiaeat right, stay fit Prayagraj: At a time when doctors and experts are counting on vaccination and wearing a mask as the only way out to minimise the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is also important to achieve and sustain good nutritional status…
GDP growth may be below 9% in FY22 due to 2nd Covid wave: SurveyBusiness Standard IndiaAmid a raging second wave of Covid-19 and subsequent restrictions on business activities imposed by several states, economic recovery is beginning to lose steam Amid a raging second wave of COVID-19 and subsequent restrictions on business activities…
Longest recession since Marcos eraPhilippine Daily InquirerThe recession that began last year has now extended to five straight quarters after the economy contracted by 4.2 percent in the first three months of 2021 due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. This is now the longest recession since the Marcos…
Nova Scotia’s suicide rate dropped in 2020 in spite of pandemic strainYahoo! CanadaNova Scotia recorded fewer suicide deaths in 2020 than in any of the previous five years. That counters expectations that the pandemic — with its lockdowns, loss of life and economic hardships — could lead to a spike in suicide rates. According to data…
Police Threaten to Pick Up Eid Travelers Without Covid-19 Free LetterTempo.coTEMPO[.]CO , Jakarta -  Jakarta Metro Police Chief Inspector General Mohammad Fadil Imran asserted that travelers returning to the capital after celebrating Eid al-Fitr in their hometowns are obliged to present a Covid-19 free letter. Fadil said his…
Police mount extra patrols amid concerns over rise in violence as Covid restrictions easeThe Independent‘Some people will over indulge,’ says Dame Cressida Dick as pubs and restaurants open inside Police are to increase patrols due to concerns over a rise in alcohol-fuelled violent crime as pubs and bars welcome customers back inside. The easing of…
Scottish economy buoyed by easing of coronavirus restrictionsHerald ScotlandBy Ian McConnell GROWTH of Scotland’s private-sector economy accelerated in April to its fastest pace in eight months and overall employment increased for the first time since January 2020, amid a loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions, a key…
Trump Supports Stimulus Payments, Says China Should PayNewsMax.comAmericans deserved the stimulus checks they have received, according to former President Donald Trump, who added China should have to pay for it for the global pandemic they released. "I like people getting the checks," Trump told Rita Cosby on 77…
‘Declare state of emergency to combat Covid-19’Times of IndiaPanaji: The Goenchea Raponkarancho Ekvott (GRE) – a collective of Goa's traditional fishermen, demanded that chief minister Pramod Sawant should declare a state of emergency under article 360(1) or 356 similar to other countries, “like Romania, Czech…
Geopolitical Impact
Afghans who helped the US now fear being left behindMainichi JPIn this April 30, 2021 photo, former Afghan interpreters hold placards during a protest against the U.S. government and NATO in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — He served as an interpreter alongside U.S. soldiers…
Gov’t urged: Tighten border control, tap more labs to sequence COVID-19 variantsCNN PhilippinesMetro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) — The Philippines must continue to tighten its borders and consider tapping more laboratories that could conduct genome sequencing to control the transmission of the new variants of COVID-19, an infectious…
India launches probe against China, Thailand and VietnamFinancial ExpressSolar cells are the basic ingredient used in the manufacturing of solar modules and Chinese products are 15-20% cheaper than their Indian counterparts. The commerce ministry has initiated an anti-dumping investigation against the import of solar cells…
Jose Abad Santos strengthens border control guidelinesPhilippine Information AgencyKitayo Checkpoint at the boundary of Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental and Glan in South Cotabato. DAVAO CITY, May 14 (PIA) – The municipal government of Jose Abad Santos in Davao Occidental province has strengthened the implementation of its border…
Reinventing globalization with a human faceFinancial ExpressBy Rajesh Mehta and Uddeshya Goel,  As Muhammad Yunus said, “Globalization must not be allowed to become financial imperialism: Capitalism’s strongest-takes-all rule must give way to one that ensures that the poor have a place and a piece of the…
UK ‘faces labour shortage’ as Covid and Brexit fuel exodus of overseas workersThe GuardianExperts say recovery at risk amid sharp fall in EU workers and dwindling interest in UK jobs from abroad Britain’s employers are struggling to hire staff as lockdown lifts amid an exodus of overseas workers caused by the Covid pandemic and Brexit ,…
Xinhua Exchange of violence only pushes Israel, Palestine farther from peaceXinhua News AgencyBEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) — Tears in scared children's eyes, destroyed communities and thousands of refugees packed in make-shift camps … the suffering of civilians in the Gaza Strip is now testing the effectiveness of multilateral cooperation on…
Cybersecurity Impact
Ahead of RSA Conference, CEO Rohit Ghai reveals what’s coming next in cybersecuritySiliconANGLEAs the annual RSA Conference gets underway Monday morning in digital form, it will be a coming-out of sorts for RSA Security LLC, the venerable cybersecurity company that owns the conference. As RSA continues its disengagement from Dell Technologies…
COVID’s silver lining: The race to cloud-based cybersecurity quickensSiliconANGLEWhen security integrator Optiv Security Inc. went into lockdowns more than a year ago, Chief Information Officer Sujan Turlapaty immediately realized what he was up against. “We went from managing 20 to 30 branch offices to 2,500 remote offices,” he…
Covid-19 jabs to go ahead in Ireland despite cyber attack hxxps://www[.]bbc[.]co[.]uk/news/world-europe-57126601Secnewsbytes – TwitterCovid-19 jabs to go ahead in Ireland despite cyber attack hxxps://www[.]bbc[.]co[.]uk/news/world-europe-57126601
How the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic

hxxps://www[.]cyberscoop[.]com/plum-island-darpa-cyber-exercise-grid/ hxxps://twitter[.]com/CyberScoopNews/status/1393921433370304515/photo/1CyberScoopNews – TwitterHow the US military used a creepy island to test cyberattacks on the grid — in the middle of a pandemic

hxxps://www[.]cyberscoop[.]com/plum-island-darpa-cyber-exercise-grid/ hxxps://twitter[.]com/CyberScoopNews/status/1393921433370304515/photo/1

Ireland Confirms Second Cyber Attack on Health System (1)Bloomberg LawHealth care services continue to be disrupted after attack Covid vaccing, testing continues, contact tracing slowed Ireland’s Department of Health said it also faced a cyber attack as the country’s health service grapples with a third day of…
Irish Health Care System Suffers New Cyber Attack, RTE ReportsBloombergIreland’s Department of Health is grappling with a new cyber attack as the country’s health service faces a third day of disruption after hackers forced the shutdown of its computer systems. The Department of Health has been hit by an attack similar…
Ransomware Attacks Growing at a Fast RateE Hacking NewsRansomware has become a burning concern to every office in the world which wasn't even existing 30 years before. Probably there was never a danger of this kind. The fact that the ransomware gets stronger day by day, is the most profound concern. Curre…
The #Android worm Oji has recently re-surfaced with a fake app to register for the #COVID19 vaccine: hxxps://buff[.]ly/2GCpvnr. As expected back in July 2020, #cyber-attackers continue to leverage the COVID-19 as a window of opportunity to lure users. hxxps://buff[.]ly/31Su5Jo hxxps://twitter[.]com/blueliv/status/1394201283272249345/photo/1blueliv – TwitterThe #Android worm Oji has recently re-surfaced with a fake app to register for the #COVID19 vaccine: hxxps://buff[.]ly/2GCpvnr. As expected back in July 2020, #cyber-attackers continue to leverage the COVID-19 as a window of opportunity to lure…
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/3bv81IPTheEconomist – 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/3bv81IP
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/3fovfBBTheEconomist – 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/3fovfBB

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