24 March 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘A new pandemic’: Germany’s Merkel extends lockdown over Easter (Deutsche Welle)
  • Colombia imposes new restrictions to avoid severe third coronavirus wave (NationalPost.com)
  • Covid-19 India timeline: Looking back at pandemic-induced lockdown and how the country is coping with the crisis (Indian Express)
  • Covid-19 in South Africa: Engaging the rage during the pandemic (BBC)
  • Draghi Sees Italy Lockdown Easing, Urges EU Vaccine ‘Autonomy’ (Bloomberg)
  • Germany to enter strict Easter shutdown amid ‘new pandemic’ (ENCA)
  • Germany to enter strict five-day Easter shutdown (Taipei Times Online)
  • India crosses 5 cr milestone in Covid-19 vaccination (IANS Live)
  • India detects novel coronavirus variant (NationalPost.com)
  • Latest: French hospitals face ‘unprecedented violent shock’, Germany locks down for Easter as third wave surges (Newshub)
  • Malaysia in gradual recovery from third wave of Covid-19 infections (Straits Times)
  • Norway Puts Damper on Holidays in Attempt to Stop Third Wave (Bloomberg)
  • Saving lives amid the Covid-19 pandemic: China leads with science (The Star SA)
  • Spain eases ban on arrivals from Britain (Mail Online UK)
  • Spain to end ban on British visitors from 30 March (The Independent)
  • Sweden Could Lift Suspension of Astra Vaccine for Certain Groups (Bloomberg)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for March 23, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, March 23, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UAE special report: One year of Covid restrictions, impact (Khaleej Times)
  • UK – Boris Johnson admits ‘many things we wish we’d done differently’ during pandemic (The Independent)
  • UK – Boris Johnson identifies his single biggest regret in tackling the UK’s disastrous virus outbreak (ABC Online)
  • UK – Matt Hancock announces new health agency focusing on preventing future pandemics (The Independent)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak urged to cut tax on draught beer to save local pubs (London Evening Standard)
  • UK – ‘Just too early to say’ on summer foreign holidays, says Boris Johnson (The Independent)
  • UK reflects as Norway, Netherlands, Germany re-tighten COVID restrictions (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • US – 10 California counties move to looser COVID-19 reopening tiers. Many could move next week (Fresno Bee)
  • US – AstraZeneca hits back at US officials who accused it of giving ‘outdated information’ (Mail Online UK)
  • US – AstraZeneca’s U.S. coronavirus vaccine trial data may have been ‘outdated,’ ‘incomplete,’ NIH agency says (Washington Post)
  • US – Attorney: 1,000 Illinois inmates to go free under virus suit (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • US – California isn’t seeing COVID-19 spikes like New York and Florida. Can we keep it up? (latimes.com – Los Angeles Times)
  • US – California prisons restart visitations 1 year into pandemic (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Hawaii sees 41 new coronavirus infections as statewide tally climbs to 28,892 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Indiana to drop statewide COVID-19 business restrictions, leaves them to local governments (Indianapolis Star)
  • US – Read Ohio’s new health orders relaxing visitation rules for nursing homes, assisted-living facilities (Cleveland.com)
  • US – Texas to open COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Texas to open Covid-19 vaccination to all adults (IANS Live)
  • US – Texas will make all adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccination on Monday. (NYT.com U.S.)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
50 civic school teachers in each ward office to help in contact tracing of Covid-19 patientsIndian ExpressThe Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday decided to assign 50 teachers from civic schools to each of the 15 ward offices to assist in contact tracing of Covid-19 patients. The PMC has already provided a Quick Response Team (QRT) for each ward…
Argentine economy shrank 9.9pc in 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemicMalay MailA man walks past Argentina's Central Bank, in Buenos Aires. — Reuters file pic Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on news you need to know. BUENOS AIRES, March 24 ― Argentina's economy shrank by 9.9 per cent in 2020 due to the…
Beware the aftershocks of the Covid-19 recessionStraits TimesHistory shows that recovery from a crisis is never smooth sailing
New Deloitte research shows how the pandemic impacted corporate leaders’ ability to fight climate changeBusiness InsiderMichele Parmelee, Deloitte deputy CEO and chief people and purpose officer, commissioned Deloitte's latest report looking at how the pandemic impacted corporate sustainability efforts. Deloitte A new survey gauged leaders' feelings about corporate…
Proposed P335B stimulus package for pandemic recovery filed in SenatePhilippine Daily InquirerMANILA, Philippines — A bill seeking a P335-billion expanded stimulus package to aid in pandemic recovery has been filed in the Senate. Senator Manny Pacquiao filed Senate Bill No. 2123 or the proposed Expanded Stimulus Package Act of 2021, which…
Residents protest against Corporation’s COVID-19 Care Centre in AthipetThe HinduFollowing the launch of a COVID-19 Care Centre by the Greater Chennai Corporation in Athipet in Ambattur zone, residents launched a protest against the centre on Tuesday. The residents claimed that the officials of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board had…
Students slowly return to northern Alberta school following parent protest of COVID-19 rulesYahoo! CanadaStudents are slowly returning to class at a northern Alberta school, following a meeting with parents who kept their children at home to protest COVID-19 health regulations. Parents at the Menno Simons K-12 school in Cleardale, Alta., 140 kilometres…
The Travel Lady: Touring Alberta safely amid COVID-19Global News CanadaThe Travel Lady’s Lesley Keyter joins Global News Morning Calgary live via Skype to discuss how to travel safely in Alberta amid COVID-19.
Yellen, Powell probed over debt, inflation as result of coronavirus stimulusFOXBusiness.comDanielle DiMartino Booth, David Bahnsen discuss pending economic recovery amid pandemic.
Geopolitical Impact
‘India desires cordial relations with Pakistan’: PM Modi writes letter to Imran KhanBusiness Today IndiaPrime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying India wants "cordial" relations with the neighbouring country but for that, it's important to develop an "environment of trust" which is "devoid" of…
After two-year pause, Indus water talks take off between India, PakistanIndian ExpressThe Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan met for the first time in over two years in New Delhi on Tuesday in a bid to resolve a host of outstanding issues under the Indus Waters Treaty, including Pakistan’s objections to the design of Indian…
Biden caught off guard on border control with migrants thinking he is a soft touchSky NewsThe Biden administration is coming under increasing pressure after a surge in migration on the US-Mexico border. New images released by border control show the scale of the problem the president is now facing. Thousands of children and teenagers are…
Britain and the EU must compromise on vaccines to beat coronavirusThe IndependentEditorial : We should be setting an example of internationalism and cooperation because no one is safe until we are all safe Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile he first anniversary of the announcement of the first…
China issues report on U.S. human rights violationsXinhua News AgencyBEIJING, March 24 (Xinhua) — China's State Council Information Office on Wednesday issued the Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2020. The report said Washington's incompetent pandemic containment led to tragic outcomes and…
China says US is not a party to South China Sea issueGMA News OnlineThe Chinese Embassy in Manila on Tuesday flagged United States' support in protest against Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea, saying it might affect the "peace and stability" in the region. "The United States is not a party to the South…
Chinese looking to study abroad confident about coronavirus pandemic but are keeping an eye on geopoliticsSouth China Morning Post – NewsAs the world gradually moves ahead of the coronavirus, Chinese students are newly confident about studying abroad. But concerns remain about China’s strained relationships with some foreign countries[.]Half the Chinese students wishing to go overseas…
Mistrust between China, India at all-time high, says top US admiralBusiness Standard IndiaA top US admiral has said and alleged that Beijing's lack of transparency and duplicitous actions in the Indian Ocean region threaten stability and security there While the US-India military relationship is at its best level in years, the mistrust…
Russia and China hit back at Western sanctionsBBCRussia and China have jointly condemned Western sanctions, a day after the EU, UK, US and Canada blacklisted some senior Chinese officials for rights abuses against ethnic Uighurs. The joint attack came during a visit by Russian Foreign Minister…
The Day with Brent Goff: Blinken to NATODeutsche WelleUS Secretary of State Blinken is meeting with his NATO counterparts to "rebuild" transatlantic relations. Will a German-Russian energy deal get in the way? Plus, more infections as Germany's coronavirus lockdown gets longer & stricter.
UK cannot eliminate coronavirus completely because globalised economy makes ‘zero-covid’ impossible, Boris Johnson claimsTelegraphIt came as the Prime Minister came under fresh pressure from Tory rebels to move faster in lifting restrictions at a meeting on Tuesday Boris Johnson has admitted that eradicating covid-19 is likely to be impossible because Britain’s “globalised…
Cybersecurity Impact
Covid fraud: £34.5m stolen in pandemic scamsBBCMore than 6,000 cases of Covid-related fraud and cyber-crime have been recorded by the UK's police forces during the pandemic. The Action Fraud team said £34.5m had been stolen since 1 March 2020. It covers activity in England, Wales and Northern…
Cyber security awareness grows but not spending: Cisco pollDigital News AsiaRemote working spurs cyber security awareness but does not match spending Collaboration essential tool during pandemic; personal devices hardest to defend CYBER security challenges continue to persist amongst Malaysian organisations with 62% of…
Fake Websites Used in COVID-19 Themed Phishing Attacks, Impersonating Brands Like Pfizer and BioNTechUnit42 Palo Alto – RSSWe describe trends in COVID-19 themed phishing attacks since the start of the pandemic to gain insight into the topics that attackers try to exploit. The post …
Fend Off Online Fraud and Secure Your Sensitive Info with Bitdefender Safepay Digital payments and use of internet banking have risen considerably since the pandemic, as consumers shopped online even more due to restrictions and lockdowns. While the pe… hxxps://bit[.]ly/39cx6qP hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1374657714043953152/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterFend Off Online Fraud and Secure Your Sensitive Info with Bitdefender Safepay Digital payments and use of internet banking have risen considerably since the pandemic, as consumers shopped online even more due to restrictions and lockdowns. While the…
Helping Colleagues With Post-Covid Stress Disorder (PCSD)Forbes.comPost-Covid Stress Disorder is a sub-set of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder caused by the trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leave treating its symptoms to others. Put your efforts into helping colleagues improve their stress reduction skills, and regain…
How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected cybersecurity | Kaspersky official blogWe use words to save the world | Kaspersky Lab Official BlogBy March 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak had already reached more than 100 countries and was …
NZ Fry Up: Resolving conflicted .nz domain names; Cybercrime in the year of the pandemic; HP …ComputerworldNew Zealand IT, tech, and telco news and views from our editor in Auckland. Resolving conflicted .nz domain names There are about 2,000 conflicted .nz domain names, so the organisation that governs them—the Domain Name Commission (DNC), on behalf of…
Remote workers admit to playing a significant part in increasing their company’s cybersecurity risksHelp Net Security – NewsThe COVID-19 generation of remote workers are admitting to playing a significant part in increasing the cybersecurity risks facing their companies. An Opinium research shows 54% are regularly using their work device for personal purposes,…
Survey Suggests the Behaviour of Remote Workers is Adding Extra Cybersecurity Risk to Their Employers’ Business What’s the news? The COVID-19 generation of remote workers are admitting to playing a significant part in increasing the cybersecurity risks… hxxps://binged[.]it/3lEi7Lq hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1374325321013551105/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterSurvey Suggests the Behaviour of Remote Workers is Adding Extra Cybersecurity Risk to Their Employers' Business What's the news? The COVID-19 generation of remote workers are admitting to playing a significant part in increasing the cybersecurity…
Tech Support Scams Inflicted Nearly $150 Million in Losses in 2020, IC3 Reveals Despite newly created opportunities for fraudsters to rip-off unsuspecting citizens during the ongoing pandemic, tech support scams inflicted nearly $150 million in reporte… hxxps://bit[.]ly/2OS88q0 hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1374363100967735297/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterTech Support Scams Inflicted Nearly $150 Million in Losses in 2020, IC3 Reveals Despite newly created opportunities for fraudsters to rip-off unsuspecting citizens during the ongoing pandemic, tech support scams inflicted nearly $150 million in…

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