22 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Australia to reduce flights from India, among other high-risk COVID-19 countries (Yahoo! India)
  • COVID-19 Special: Coronavirus hotspot Brazil (Deutsche Welle)
  • China’s 2021 box office numbers reach US$3 billion in a few months, significantly more than the US made for all of 2020 (South China Morning Post – News)
  • Draghi Wields Six-Point Shopping List for EU to Reinvent Italy (Bloomberg)
  • Draghi plans €220bn overhaul of Italy’s economy (Financial Times – Asia homepage)
  • Germany seeking to buy 30 mn Sputnik doses from Russia: state premier (HeraldSun.com.au Breaking News)
  • Grocery Delivery Newcomer Dija Expands Into France And Spain (Forbes.com)
  • India’s second wave: ‘We were not prepared’ (BBC News – Asia)
  • India’s top doctors on what you should do if you’re coronavirus positive (India Today)
  • India’s COVID-19 surge has Canada mulling travel ban (Global News Canada)
  • Poland MOF Announces Extension of Transfer Pricing Documentation Deadline Due to Coronavirus (Bloomberg Law)
  • Poverty doubled in India in 2020. Will second wave make it worse? (India Today)
  • Saudi Arabia to maintain ban on 20 countries as it reopens borders on May 17 (Abu Dhabi National)
  • Six Countries Restrict Travel From India Amid Covid-19 Surge; Check Full List Here (Outlook India)
  • Spain to donate 5%-10% of its share of COVID-19 shots to Latin America (Mail Online UK)
  • Spain ‘desperate’ to bring back British tourists this summer (The Independent)
  • Spain ‘desperate’ to welcome back British tourists, says minister (London Evening Standard)
  • TUI fly (Netherlands) resumes B737 MAX ops (CH-Aviation)
  • U.S. the biggest source of COVID-19 brought into Canada, study finds (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson photographed breaking his own government’s rules on pub visit (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Labour demands probe into Boris Johnson’s ‘conduct’ after Dyson text messages (The Independent)
  • UK – Lawmakers Press U.K. Government to Clarify Travel Restart (Bloomberg)
  • UK – Nicola Sturgeon blasts Boris Johnson’s texts with Sir James Dyson (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Politics latest news: Boris Johnson’s access to billionaires ‘very good’, says minister, as officials to face questions into lobbying scandal (Telegraph)
  • US – CDC: Limited, mild COVID-19 cases seen among those vaccinated in Chicago, Kentucky (UPI)
  • US – COVID-19 NEWS: A trial to test a new, high-potency fully-human #polyclonal #antibody therapeutic in people with mild or moderate cases of #COVID19 has begun enrolling participants. Learn more: hxxp://bit[.]ly/ACTIV2SAB hxxps://twitter[.]com/NIAIDNews/status/1384969091123974148/photo/1 (NIAIDNews – Twitter)
  • US – Coronavirus outbreak in Kentucky nursing home linked to R.1 variant, prompts concern over vaccine impact (FOXNews.com)
  • US – DeWine to give update on pandemic, virus’ status in Ohio (Journal-News)
  • US – George and Laura Bush paint a picture of life growing up in Texas, having successful parents and what life is like at Prairie Chapel Ranch. “We feel very relaxed out here. People aren’t calling all the time, and we can take a deep breath.” hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3gvw8dB (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – George and Laura Bush paint a picture of life growing up in Texas, having successful parents and what life is like at Prairie Chapel Ranch. “We feel very relaxed out here. People aren’t calling all the time, and we can take a deep breath.” hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/3vcczuX (WSJ – Twitter)
  • US – Health officials identify residents at nursing homes in Chicago and Kentucky who contracted COVID-19 after being vaccinated (Boston Globe)
  • US – Idaho Guard finishes COVID-19 mission at Primary Health (Idaho Statesman)
  • US – Michigan COVID-19 surge rivals previous rise (The Hill)
  • US – Minnesota leaders urge caution amid signs of COVID-19 peak (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • US – Nevada to resume prisoner visits on May 1 after year-plus suspension (Las Vegas Review Journal)
  • US – North Dakota offers free Covid-19 vaccinations for Canadian truckers (BBC)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Why holidays in Majorca could decide who runs Germany (BBC)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
Bhopal: 32-year-old woman commits suicide after her mother dies of COVID-19The Freepress JournalBhopal: A 32-year-old woman committed suicide by jumping off from the fourth floor of her building on Wednesday, as she was unable to bear the pain of her mother’s death to COVID-19. The incident occurred in Raisen district. The woman’s father and her…
Bolsonaro: Suicide by COVID-19The Korea Times News“Rounding into the home stretch, it's Italy by a full length, then the United Kingdom, with the United States and Brazil neck and neck….No, wait. Brazil is making its move. It's coming up on the outside …”
German Court Dismisses Challenge Against EU’s Pandemic Recovery Fund – 4/21/2021BloombergColumbia Threadneedle Investments Head of Multi-Asset Strategy Anwiti Bahuguna speaks to Bloomberg's Alix Steel and Guy Johnson about German Court's decision to dismiss the challenge against the EUs pandemic recovery fund on "Bloomberg Markets:…
Hong Kong Unemployment Drops in March After Hitting 2004 HighBloombergHong Kong’s unemployment rate eased from a 17-year high as the economy emerges slowly from its pandemic slump. The jobless rate fell to 6.8% in the January-to-March period from 7.2% previously, the first decline since November, according to a…
Japan raises business spending view, sees weakness in economy – reportToday OnlineTOKYO – Japan raised its view on capital spending for the third time this year in its economic report for April, while it retained its assessment that overall economic conditions were showing weakness from the coronavirus pandemic.
Maharashtra issues stricter COVID-19 rules: Govt offices reduced to 15% capacity, public transport for essential staff onlyzeenews.comMumbai: Maharashtra government on Wednesday released a new set of guidelines imposing even stricter restrictions in the state in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. The new restrictions will come into effect from 8 pm on April 22 and continue till 7…
Protesters outnumber potheads at Vancouver 4/20VancouverSun.comLarge crowds of people gathered at Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday for 4/20 and an anti-mask rally, despite COVID-19 restrictions….
Reality check for world economy as global virus surge threatens recoveryTheAge.com BusinessThe renewed surge in COVID-19 infections is threatening to further divide the world economy between the rich and poor, potentially damaging overall global growth if the fresh outbreaks spread or if key sources of demand falter.
Recession risk looms as Japan eyes 3rd state of emergency to contain pandemicThe Straits Times All NewsApril 22, 2021 2:20 PM TOKYO (REUTERS) – Japan's government is expected to issue a third state of emergency on Tokyo and three western prefectures that could last for about two weeks, according to media reports, underscoring its struggle to deal with…
Why trade is vital for the revival of global economyCape Times E-ditionONE of the key drivers of getting the global economy on the road to recovery from the disruptions of the Covid19 pandemic is trade. The mantra is to trade your way out of recession to an economic turnaround. The essence of Global Britain, for…
Geopolitical Impact
China’s ‘Oscar ban’ draws attention to a film on Hong Kong protestsDeutsche Welle"Do Not Split," a short Oscar-nominated documentary about the Hong Kong protests, has gained visibility through Beijing's boycott of the Academy Awards. When the 2021 Academy Awards are handed out on Sunday, April 25, Oscar nominee Anders Hammer won't…
Chinese peacekeeping engineer contingent to DRC completes road repair missionChina Military OnlineBEIJING, Apr. 21 — Recently, the 24th Chinese peacekeeping engineering contingent to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) received the order of repairing Buka Road from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic…
Israel bans EU officials from entering Palestinian territories before crucial electionsAbu Dhabi NationalThe EU said it sent a formal request to Israel’s foreign ministry on February 8 and has yet to receive access April 21, 2021 April 21, 2021 SHARE Israel is preventing European Union officials from visiting the Palestinian territories, the regional bloc…
Oman suspends travel from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh due to COVID-19Al ArabiyaIndian nationals residing in Oman, wearing face masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, queue with their luggage at the check-in counter at a terminal in Muscat International Airport ahead of their repatriation flight from the Omani capital,…
On Earth Day, diving for Qatar’s other natural resourceAl JazeeraWhat do dugongs and whale sharks reveal about the pandemic? This mostly unexplored wildlife has been hidden off Qatar’s shores throughout years of development. While the pandemic brought most of Qatar to a halt, that wildlife was thriving. This Earth…
Our Ocean Is A Precious Natural Resource. So Are The Young People Dedicated To Protecting It.Forbes.comStop what you’re doing for a moment and take three deep breaths. (Doesn’t that feel good?) The oxygen in two of those deep breaths is courtesy of a perhaps surprising but fundamentally important source: the ocean. Your life depends on the ocean, even…
Saudi travel ban on UAE, India, Pakistan among 20 countries to stay…Khaleej Times(Agencies file) Saudia was responding to a query posed by a Saudi resident. Saudi Arabia’s ban on international flights from 20 countries will stay, including the UAE, India and Pakistan, even after May 17, when the kingdom will resume international…
Solons ask Duterte to realign P19B NTF-ELCAC fundsPhilippines Daily TribuneSenate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday dared President Rodrigo Duterte to realign the allocated for the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) amid its red-tagging activities which recently targeted the…
The Castros are finally gone. The U.S. should end the Cuba embargo and open the gates.Washington PostAll hail: The wicked Castros are finally gone. With the official retirement on Monday of Raúl Castro as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, the last of the revolutionary brothers has relinquished control of the tiny, redoubtable island-state. The…
Cybersecurity Impact
1 Million Android Mobiles Hacked By Fraudsters To Watch Smart TV AdsForbes.comIn what’s been described as one of “the most sophisticated” fraud campaigns of its kind, hackers infected more than a million Android phones with malware that would fake views on ads in order to score funds for the malicious developers. The scam,…
Addressing Burn Out in Cybersecurity TeamsInfosecurity – BlogAddressing Burn Out in Cybersecurity Teams The year 2020 was hard for everyone. So far, 2021 hasn’t been much better. It’s safe to say the phrase “burnt out” doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of most…
Bank of Canada worries high housing prices could boost vulnerabilities in a downturnReutersOTTAWA, April 21 (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada on Wednesday said it feared high housing prices could result in stretched borrowing and lending, leaving some households and financial institutions vulnerable to an economic downtown. National resales…
Check Point APAC CPX 2021 Highlights the Urgent Need for a Holistic and Integrated Approach to CybersecurityCyber Security AseanIf there is one important thing the pandemic has caused to organisations around the world that would still be relevant in the future, it would be the opening of new attack vectors in the cybersecurity landscape. This is because companies are now…
FormBook: A Well-known Commercial Malware Learns New TricksCywareFormBook, the commercially available malware service, is back in action. This infostealer has been available as a service in underground forums since 2016, and the latest variant is equipped with new obfuscation capabilities. What has been discovered?…
New certification program trains cyber pros in cloud, IoT and other emerging techSC Magazine USA visitor looks at an IoT & 5G motherboard at the booth of STMicroelectronics during Electronica China 2021 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on April 14, 2021 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via ) Cybersecurity and IT governance…
SEA Insurtech Igloo Partners Thai Paiboon Insurance To Offer Affordable Personal Cyber Insurance, Protecting Thais FromThailand News and Press ReleasesIndividuals can select from three different plans catered to individuals or a family of up to four members starting from THB 371 per year or about THB 1 per day. The policies include the regular cyber insurance coverage such as unauthorized fund…
The Rise of RaaS Gangs + What You Need to KnowSword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc.Since the beginning of the global pandemic, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has seen a 300-400% increase in daily cybersecurity complaints – many of which are ransomware-related –…
To assess the scope of the problem, Group-IB carried out a social engineering penetration testing project in a logistics company. The test used a pretext related to COVID-19 and demonstrated employees’ unrelenting interest in the matter.GroupIB_GIB – TwitterTo assess the scope of the problem, Group-IB carried out a social engineering penetration testing project in a logistics company. The test used a pretext related to COVID-19 and demonstrated employees' unrelenting interest in the matter.

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