18 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia, largely free of COVID-19, in no hurry to reopen borders – PM (NationalPost.com)
  • Experts, Leaders Discuss India’s Coronavirus Crisis On Solutions Summit: Highlights (NDTV)
  • Explained: Is double mutant Covid variant behind India’s second wave of infections (India Today)
  • Germany mourns 80,000 COVID victims in national service (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany to hold memorial service for its 80 000 Covid-19 pandemic victims (The Star SA)
  • Germany: Remembering the people behind the numbers (Deutsche Welle)
  • India conducts the highest number of daily tests (The Hindu)
  • Israel rescinds outdoor coronavirus mask requirement (NationalPost.com)
  • Netherlands and Poland seal narrow Billie Jean King Cup playoff wins (Mail Online UK)
  • Over 261,000 new coronavirus infections in India (WAM.ae)
  • Shiv Sena blames Centre, EC for second wave of Covid-19 in India (Business Standard India)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, April 17 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Apr. 18, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – George Eustice says Boris Johnson trip to India should go ahead despite new Covid variants (Herald Scotland)
  • UK – Greensill-backed finance firm Taulia got lucrative contract with TfL while Boris Johnson was Mayor (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – UK Government Advisors Call For More Lockdowns (Zero Hedge)
  • UK – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still planning to fly to India this month despite a surge in COVID-19 cases (Business Insider)
  • UK – Watch: Boris Johnson observes minute of silence for Prince Philip at start of funeral (Telegraph)
  • US – Alabama spring game draws biggest crowd in COVID-19 era (Mail Online UK)
  • US – COVID-19 keeps surging in Mich., Colo.; Schools cited in Maine outbreaks (UPI)
  • US – Maskless BLM protester says he is ‘dying’ from COVID outside home of disgraced Army Drill Sergeant (Mail Online UK)
  • US – More than 2 million Massachusetts residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (Boston Herald)
  • US – More than numbers: COVID didn’t just claim lives; sometimes, it stole last goodbyes (Omaha World-Herald)
  • US – Nevada no longer updating COVID-19 metrics on weekends (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – Vaccine mix-up at North Carolina Walgreens results in saline injections instead of COVID-19 treatment (star-telegram.com)
  • US – ‘Relief’ for gas stations, repair shops after Massachusetts RMV says most vehicle inspections resume (Boston Herald)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • 13-year-old in Pfizer Covid vaccine trial who wants to be an epidemiologist: ‘I like to learn everything I can’ (CNBC)
  • Additional 2,500 doses of Sinovac vaccines arrive in Ilocos Sur (Philippine Information Agency)
  • Advertising confessions: 9 current and former staffers at companies like WPP and Publicis share stories of pandemic burnout (Business Insider)
  • Amazon workers could soon be assembling furniture upon delivery (FOXBusiness.com)
  • Amid rising COVID-19 cases, Reliance provides 30 tonnes medical oxygen to Indore (Ani News)
  • Australian Woman Death Associated With AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine (MedIndia)
  • Bank Muscat reports net profit of OMR47.15 million (Times of Oman)
  • DP World explores quantum computing technology (WAM.ae Emirates)
  • Eastern Europe scrambles for unwanted AstraZeneca jabs amid infection surge (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Extending the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause for a week was a deadly mistake (Washington Post)
  • GM India lays off all 1419 workmen at Maharashtra’s Talegaon plant (India Blooms)
  • Google and UNESCO partner to bring over 1,000 culture and heritage sites online (Hindustan Times)
  • HDFC Bank Ltd’s gross NPAs at 1.32%, reduces QoQ (Equity Bulls)
  • HDFC Bank Q4 profit jumps 18% to Rs 8,186.5 crore (Greater Kashmir)
  • HDFC Bank net up 18% on higher other income (Financial Express)
  • HDFC Bank profit rises 16% rise in December quarter as back of increased income (The Statesman)
  • Japan asks Pfizer for more vaccines; India’s Modi urges ‘symbolic’ Kumbh Mela festival (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Jeff Bezos shares note from a couple who bought 2 shares of Amazon in 1997. Read full text here (Livemint.com)
  • LVMH looks ready for a great year (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Massive government spending has supported the economy — and the banks are benefiting (ABC Online)
  • Netflix Reports Earnings on Tuesday: 5 Important Things to Watch (TheStreet.com)
  • Ooredoo to support communities across Qatar with launch of umbrella CSR drive (Qatar Tribune)
  • Pandemic Did Not Boost Growth For TCS, Infosys And Wipro As Much As Expected (Bloomberg-Quint)
  • Phone maker Vivo takes lead in China for first time after Huawei’s decline (Business Standard India)
  • Responsible Supply Chains in ASEAN (A GCNS and Accenture Survey) (Supply Chain Asia)
  • Scientists exploring possible link between Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca vaccine blood clot issues (ABC News)
  • Second case of clotting after AstraZeneca jab in Canada (Deccan Herald)
  • South African Regulator Recommends Lifting J&J Covid Vaccine Ban (Bloomberg)
  • Surpassing Hong Kong and Singapore was easy. Shenzhen’s next economic miracle rests on Tencent, Huawei and its top companies (MSN News Singapore)
  • Toyota partners with fuel giant Sasol to pioneer hydrogen-powered mobility (Business Standard India)
  • Vaccination hubs open the doors, AstraZeneca jabs for under 50s resume (TheAge.com)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • ‘No change’ to Irish vaccine priority after age reports (BBC)
  • Airlines are battling a scourge of passengers traveling with falsified Covid-19 health certificates, with test results easy to manipulate. Because of that, vaccine cards may be coming. hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3uUgEUA (WSJ – Twitter)
  • Cleveland-area bars cited, vaccine rates, drive-through tests, more – coronavirus timeline April 10-16 (Cleveland.com)
  • Douglas County increases opportunities for walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations (Omaha World-Herald)
  • In the South, broad swaths of the public remain hesitant about coronavirus vaccines (Boston Globe)
  • Vaccine mix-up at North Carolina Walgreens results in saline injections instead of COVID-19 treatment (star-telegram.com)
Societal & Economic Impact
B.C. suicide rate declined 26 per cent in first eight months of COVID-19 pandemicVancouverSun.comAn international study that shows a 26-per-cent decline in B.C.'s suicide rate during the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic must be viewed carefully, say experts who fear the pandemic's worst impacts on mental health have yet to be seen….
Coronavirus digest: Hundreds fined over illegal Stuttgart protestDeutsche WellePolice reported at least 1,000 violations during a banned anti-lockdown protest, attended by mostly COVID-deniers. Meanwhile, Israel has lifted its outdoor face mask requirement. Follow DW for the latest. At least 700 people, who participated in an…
Coronavirus set to scar world economy for decades amid an uneven, unequal recovery, observers saySouth China Morning PostJapan, Germany and Australia are seen as among the best-placed economies to deal with pandemic’s fallout, while the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable Last year’s decline in global GDP was the worst since the Great Depression, costing some 255…
Covid-19 will leave deep scars in world economy even after recoveryThe Straits Times All NewsApril 18, 2021 10:40 AM WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – Just as some patients recovering from Covid-19 suffer long-lasting symptoms, it's becoming clear that the same will be true for the global economy once this year's V-shaped rebound fades.
Hundreds protest Manitoba’s COVID-19 public health orders at the ForksCBCCurrent public health orders allow for 25 people to gather in public places A crowd that appeared to number at least 300 people gathered at The Forks in Winnipeg on Saturday to protest Manitoba's public health orders, breaking gathering rules in place…
Maskless BLM protester says he is ‘dying’ from COVID outside home of disgraced Army Drill SergeantMail Online UKMaskless BLM protester says he is 'sick' and 'dying' from COVID-19 at a rally outside the home of disgraced Army Drill Sergeant who shoved a black man and told him: 'You came to the wrong neighborhood motherf****r' Footage shared on social media…
Morning digest: PM Modi calls for more temporary COVID-19 hospitals, sporadic violence marks fifth phase of WB elections, and moreThe HinduA select list of stories to read before you start your day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a late night meeting where he reviewed the status of supply of Remdesivir and other medicines and noted that they should be used in accordance with…
Pandemic will leave deep scars in world economy even after recoveryJapanTimes.co.jpJust as some patients recovering from COVID-19 suffer long-lasting symptoms, it’s becoming clear that the same will be true for the global economy.
Saving the economy from the second waveHindustan TimesIndia imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world when the Covid-19 pandemic struck last year. This took a heavy toll on the economy. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by a massive 24.4% — the largest among major economies in the world…
Time to reopen the economy (1)Philippines Daily TribuneAfter two weeks of being under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), leading businessmen, economists and entrepreneurs agree that it is high time to open the economy in a calculated manner to help those who have lost their jobs and livelihood due…
Geopolitical Impact
China, U.S. agree on need for stronger climate commitmentsMail Online UKSHANGHAI/WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) – China and the United States agree that stronger pledges to fight climate change should be introduced before a new round of international talks at the end of the year, the two countries said in a joint…
How does Australia’s vaccination efforts compare with other Asia-Pacific countries?ABC OnlineWhile Australia has fallen significantly short on its deadline to vaccinate 4 million people by the end of March, millions of people have already been vaccinated in other Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Indonesia and India. The number of…
India can be winner of new form of globalisation: ExpertsHindu Business LineThe current structure of globalisation will undergo a complete shift and India can be the clear winner of the new form of globalisation if it increases its free trade policies and collaborates with like-minded liberal economies, according to global…
India, Pakistan foreign ministers in UAE; Both sides indicate no bilateral meeting plannedEconomic TimesAmid speculations and reports of the UAE trying to facilitate dialogue between India and Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will undertake a trip to Abu Dhabi today. The Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah M Querishi will also be in UAE but…
One tiny nation in our region is streaking ahead in the race to vaccinate their population against COVIDABC OnlineWhile Australia has fallen significantly short on its deadline to vaccinate 4 million people by the end of March, millions of people have already been vaccinated in other Asia-Pacific countries, including China, Indonesia and India. The number of…
Cybersecurity Impact
New Home Affairs Minister declares cyber security and female representation top prioritiesSydney Morning HeraldNew Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews will make cyber security and safely reopening Australia’s borders her top priorities, while stressing there will be no softening of Australia’s hardline stance on border protection as “a change of minister does…
Online Learning of University of Hertfordshire Disrupted Due to a Major Cyber-AttackE Hacking NewsBy now it's a well-known fact that most of the students are relying on online learning and video-conferencing apps due to the ongoing global pandemic, the University of Hertfordshire in the UK has suffered a major cyber-attack that has eventually…
Robots, worms and satellites: How do you fight a cyberwar?Sydney Morning HeraldNormal text size Larger text size Very large text size On the morning of June 27, 2017, it seemed as if Ukraine had slipped back in time and into the wrong century – almost nothing worked. Not the ATMs, the trains, the airports, the television…
Talking innovation | COVID has raised cybercrime risksAlbury Border MailI read that cybercrime has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Is this true and what should I be doing to protect myself? Cybercrime has increased during the pandemic as criminals have seized the opportunity to prey on staff working from home…

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