29 April 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Beijing will do utmost to help India fight second wave: China’s foreign minister (Livemint.com)
  • Canada’s amusement park operators are keen to reopen — but amidst COVID’s third wave, is that crazy? (New Hamburg Independent)
  • China wary as India, Australia, Japan push supply chain resilience (The Hindu)
  • Covid in India: Couple marry in PPE clothing (BBC News – Asia)
  • Denmark housing workshop hoping to find solutions to rental woes (The West Australian)
  • Denmark says it expects biggest economic growth in 15 years in 2022 (Mail Online UK)
  • Denmark’s Winter Lockdown Prompts 2021 Growth Outlook Cut (Bloomberg)
  • Emergence and Spread of SARS-CoV-2 Lineages B.1.1.7 and P.1 in Italy (MDPI)
  • France’s mayors call for vaccination to be open to all (France24)
  • Germany’s COVID-19 incidence falls to lowest in 2 weeks (Mail Online UK)
  • If Italy Fails, Then Europe Fails Too (Bloomberg)
  • Japan imposes restrictions on travelers from India (Livemint.com)
  • Japan’s business leaders urge government to reform Covid-19 vaccination programme (The Straits Times All News)
  • Portugal to guarantee restructuring of loans to tourism, retail companies (Mail Online UK)
  • Singapore is the safest country to be in during COVID-19 pandemic (zeenews.com)
  • Spain’s unemployment rate edges down in Q1 as labour market shrinks (Mail Online UK)
  • Spain, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Italy rules for travel as holidays abroad set to resume (Liverpool Echo)
  • The latest news on COVID 19 developments in Canada for Wednesday, April 28, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson must relax ‘unnecessary’ and ‘unfair’ cap on funeral mourners, MPs demand  (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Health Secretary Matt Hancock says UK is on target for lockdown easing step 3 date (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Matt Hancock refuses to answer questions on Boris Johnson’s flat refurbishment (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Rishi Sunak’s aid cuts will lead to 250,000 more mother and child deaths, UN agency says (The Independent)
  • UK – Wham bam Van-Tam! Matt Hancock is jabbed by deputy chief medical officer (London Evening Standard)
  • US – 15 Oregon counties moving to ‘extreme risk’ category as COVID-19 hospitalizations surge (The Hill)
  • US – Billions to help Texas students with pandemic learning loss will flow to schools (Dallas Morning News)
  • US – Boy dies of coronavirus in Hawaii after traveling with fully vaccinated parents (FOXNews.com)
  • US – CDC: Vaccines reduce older adults’ risk for hospitalization from COVID-19 by 94% (UPI)
  • US – COVID-19 shots: ‘Like buying candy’? Vaccine-keen British Columbians eye Washington state (VancouverSun.com)
  • US – Fully Vaccinated Adults 65 and Older Are 94% Less Likely to Be Hospitalized with COVID-19 (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – Hawaii’s first COVID-19 child fatality is wake-up call (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Here’s the timeline for the phaseout of COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts (boston.com)
  • US – Indiana watching counties near Michigan for COVID-19 risk (Chicago Tribune)
  • US – Missouri bill to block COVID-19 lawsuits hits snag (seattlepi.com)
  • US – NIH readies grants for more research on long-term health effects of COVID-19 (The Hill)
  • US – NIH to Issue Long-Term Covid-19 Research Grants Within Weeks (Bloomberg Law)
  • US – Northern Indiana counties remain at moderate COVID-19 risk (seattlepi.com)
  • US – Pfizer and Moderna vaccines reduce COVID-19 hospitalization risk by 94% among older adults, CDC study says (CTV News)
  • US – Will Ohio’s COVID-19 mask mandate change with new CDC guidance? (Cincinnati Enquirer)
  • US – Young Boy On Vacation With Vaccinated Parents Marks Hawaii’s First Child Death From COVID-19 (International Business Times)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Why is COVID-19 spiking in India? (Deseret News)
  • ‘Perfect storm’: How did India’s get so bad? (Global News Canada)
Actions by Companies
  • “UPDATE: Mango resumes flight as ACSA feud ends” – BizNews (Politicsweb)
  • Airbus chief executive says ‘crisis not over’ as Lufthansa loses €1bn in three months (Yahoo! Finance UK and Ireland)
  • Airports Company South Africa lifts suspension on Mango Airlines with immediate effect (IOL)
  • Apple revenue up 54 percent for start of 2021 (The Hill)
  • Apple, Facebook deliver more blockbuster profits for tech (Yahoo! News Australia)
  • Boeing Faces Tough Recovery From Pandemic (Bloomberg)
  • Brazil’s antitrust body CADE postpones deadlines for Petrobras asset sales (Reuters)
  • COVID-19 update for April 28: Nearly 800 new cases, no deaths | Playland delays opening | British Columbians must register online for second AstraZeneca shot (VancouverSun.com)
  • Chemicals Maker Sabic’s Profit Surges as Global Economy Reopens (Bloomberg)
  • China’s AgBank posts 2.6% rise in quarterly profit (Today Online)
  • Confidence on the rise in malls: GPT (CourierMail.com.au Business)
  • Covid-19 surge: Hyundai announces Rs 20 crore aid and assistance (Times of India)
  • Danske Bank optimistic about economic recovery (Belfast Telegraph)
  • Delta to resume hiring pilots in June as travel demand recovers (CNBC)
  • Google’s Australian business tops $5 billion despite COVID-19 pandemic (TheAge.com Business)
  • Hero MotoCorp steps up its Covid-19 relief initiatives (Equity Bulls)
  • How do you secure a second dose of AstraZeneca from a B.C. pharmacy? Follow these steps (VancouverSun.com)
  • Lufthansa Sees Delayed Rebound as Virus Continues to Grip Europe (Bloomberg)
  • Lufthansa revises capacity plans for summer as Covid surge weighs on travel (Irish Times)
  • Moody’s: Number of companies in crossover zone falls slightly during Q1 2021 as pandemic effects begin to ease (Business Insider)
  • One dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine cuts COVID-19 spread by up to 50% within a household, a study found (Business Insider India)
  • Ooredoo registers net profit of QR193 million in first quarter (Qatar Tribune)
  • Pfizer, AstraZeneca vaccines cut COVID transmission by 50 percent with just single dose [details] (International Business Times India)
  • Philippines Keeps Virus Curbs, Eyes U.S.’ AstraZeneca Shots (1) (Bloomberg Law)
  • Rise in iPhone sales helps Apple double profits (London Evening Standard)
  • SBI business activity index falls below pre-Covid level as lockdowns return (Business Standard India)
  • SOL: Sasol Limited: Production and Sales Metric… (ADVFN Deutschland)
  • Samsung Profit Tops Estimates as Gadget Sales Soar in Pandemic (Bloomberg)
  • Samsung reports profit jump as smartphone, TV demand boom amid pandemic (Business Standard India)
  • Santander CFO on Earnings, Pandemic Recovery, Outlook (Bloomberg)
  • Single Pfizer pill cure could become available (Times of India)
  • Sony reports record profit, forecasts modest gains (Taipei Times Online)
  • Sony’s profit zooms to new record with help of video games (Livemint.com)
  • Spotify Falls After Saying Pandemic Will Hurt User Growth (Bloomberg)
  • Tata Steel increases oxygen supply to 800 tonnes a day (Business Standard India)
  • Unilever to Start Share Buyback: CEO (Bloomberg)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Beyond the First Dose — Covid-19 Vaccine Follow-through and Continued Protective Measures (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • COVID-19 donor antibodies show broad cross-reactivity against SARS-CoV-2 variants and related viruses (News-Medical.Net)
  • COVID-19 vaccination willingness in Australia hinges on public perception of health threat (News-Medical.Net)
  • Coronavirus vaccine trials begin on infants and children (Washington Post)
  • From lockdown to vaccines: challenges and response in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic (The Lancet Respiratory Medicine online)
  • GSK sees sales slump due to COVID-19 disruption (Pharma Letter)
  • Get ready for a ‘normal’ summer: Nearly 70% of adults in England now have coronavirus antibodies (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Potent monoclonal antibody shows promise against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (News-Medical.Net)
  • SARS-CoV-2 elimination, not mitigation, creates best outcomes for health, the economy, and civil liberties (Lancet)
  • Study of 180 breastfeeding mothers after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (News-Medical.Net)
  • Time to take global perspective on COVID-19 vaccinations, or we’ll never conquer virus (Cleveland.com)
  • Una dosis de la vacuna covid-19 reduce la transmisión del virus al 50% (CNN)
  • Universities order students to get coronavirus vaccine to return to classes in the fall (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
Societal & Economic Impact
‘America is on the move again:’ Biden on the future of the country following the pandemic, Jan. 6 riotMSNBCDuring his address to congress, President Biden shares his thoughts on the future of the country following the Covid-19 pandemic and January 6th Capitol riot. April 29, 2021
Biden will attack Trump on riot and pandemic in speech to CongressMail Online UK'I will turn peril into possibility': Biden will attack Trump with his speech to Congress by saying he 'inherited a nation in crisis' after the 'worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War' President Joe Biden will invoke the Jan. 6th attacks…
China’s digital economy sees robust growth amid pandemicBeijingbulletin.com© Provided by Xinhua BEIJING, Apr
Colombians protest tax reform proposal amid pandemicCourierMail.com.au Breaking NewsTens of thousands of people marched in Colombia Wednesday against a proposed tax reform they say will leave them poorer as the country battles its deadliest phase yet of the coronavirus pandemic.
Government flags big budget spend to get economy through the Pandemic.ABC OnlineIn a major preview of the Government's strategy to get the economy firing again after the pandemic, Josh Frydenberg is promising he won't be tightening the purse-strings to pay for its massive emergency response during the COVID-economic crisis; Stree…
Hong Kong firms’ recruitment drive to remain subdued as Covid-19 pandemic weighs on economy, KPMG saysSouth China Morning PostCompanies in Hong Kong will remain conservative in hiring new employees while salaries will mostly stay frozen even as the economy is likely to recover this year Companies in real estate and financial services to lead the headcount recovery, with…
President Biden approval on Covid-19, the economy and race relationsCNBCSteve Kornacki reports statistics on President Biden's approval ratings on various issues including the Covid-19 pandemic, the economy, uniting the country, race relations, taxes, guns, and more.
Telangana waqf board considering to help poor with ration kitsSiasat DailyHyderabad : The chairman of the waqf board Mohammed Saleem is consulting the board members regarding help packages to COVID-19 victims. Last year, during the lockdown the waqf board had distributed ration and other provision kits among the poor. Now in…
The Fed remains dovish even as the Biden binge hits $US6 trillionWA TodayThe Fed, and Powell in his post-meeting comments, said little about the massive rise in US government spending ahead as the Biden administration rolls out its radical multi-trillion dollar program of economic and social reforms, although Powell made…
Geopolitical Impact
10/3 podcast: Canada suspends passenger flights from India and PakistanNationalPost.comAs a horrible second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic ravages India, there has been pressure on the Trudeau government to enact travel measures to prevent further spread of variants in Canada….
Australia is taking China to the World Trade Organisation over its intensifying trade war. Here’s what you need to know.Business Insider AustraliaThe World Trade Organisation (WTO) could soon rule on Australia’s long-running trade dispute with China. Months on from China’s introduction of substantial tariffs on a range of Australian exports, Australia is formally requesting a review. Sky-high…
China and Russia sow disinformation to undermine trust in Western vaccines, EU report saysSouth China Morning PostState media pushed fake news online sensationalising vaccine safety concerns and promoting Russian and Chinese shots as superior, the study says The campaigns, aimed at dividing the West, also make unfounded links between jabs and deaths in Europe,…
China pledges support to India amid COVID-19 surgeThe HinduChina’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday sent a message to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar reiterating China’s support to India in procuring materials amid the COVID-19 surge and current shortages. A large number of goods are in the…
Duterte ‘reluctant’ to confront China over South China Sea rowAl JazeeraPhilippine president says Manila owes Beijing a ‘debt of gratitude’ but insists he will not compromise country’s sovereignty. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not withdraw navy and coastguard boats patrolling the disputed South…
Flight Ban Loophole: Stranded Australians could return from India via ChinaHeraldSun.com.au Top NewsPeople in coronavirus ravaged India could still make it back to Australia if they exploit a loophole in the flight ban and transit through Qatar or China. Flights from Qatar and China are entering into Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane airports daily.
For the First Time in 16 Years, India Open to Accepting Foreign Aid, China Also on ListNews18.comKeeping the unprecedented situation in mind, India, for the first time in 16 years, is starting to accept foreign aid. According to an exclusive report by The Indian Express, state governments are also free to procure these life-saving devices and…
India and 48 other countries form support group for UN peacekeepersUnited News of IndiaNew Delhi, Apr 28 (UNI) Forty nine countries including India have launched a group to support United Nations peacekeepers. The Group of Friends on the Safety and Security of United Nations Peacekeepers was launched, at a virtual event at the UN on…
India, China to lead developing Asia rebound: ADBKhaleej TimesSouth Asia will record the fastest economic recovery this year, with the ADB predicting an expansion of 9.5 per cent after a 6.0 per cent contraction in 2020, buoyed by India’s economic revival. — Reuters China was expected to grow 8.1 per cent on the…
S. Korea to give primary approval to self-funded aid projects when assistance to N. Korea resumes: officialYonhap News AgencySEOUL, April 29 (Yonhap) — The government will approve self-funded shipments of humanitarian items to North Korea first if it resumes granting approval to aid projects for the impoverished nation, a senior official said Thursday. But the decision to…
Cybersecurity Impact
48 ways you can avoid file-scrambling, data-stealing miscreants – or so says the Ransomware Task ForceThe RegisterNo, not the US government's task force … the other one The Institute for Security and Technology's Ransomware Task Force (RTF) on Thursday published an 81-page report presenting policy makers with 48 recommendations to disrupt the ransomware…
Covid-19 has led to Increase in Cyberattacks Against Banks and InsurersE Hacking NewsAccording to recent studies, the coronavirus pandemic and working from home (WFH) provisions are triggering a "huge" increase in attacks against financial institutions. The COVID Crime Index 2021 survey, published on Wednesday by BAE Systems Applied…
Ransomware attacks on healthcare | Kaspersky official blogWe use words to save the world | Kaspersky Lab Official BlogA cyberattack on a clinic or hospital is literally a matter of life or death. In 2020, healthcare systems worldwide were already cracking under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the actions of cybercriminals only added to the load. One of…
The Bigger, The Better — Even For CybercriminalsForbes.comFounder and CEO of  Spider Digital Innovation  and a tech entrepreneur with global footprints in Cybertech, Fintech, and Social Innovation. In many countries around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic triggered widespread economic troubles. The reaction…
The importance of creating a small business Cybersecurity planAlienVault BlogsThis blog was written by an independent guest blogger. It’s estimated that cyber crime will cost businesses as much as $45,000,000,000 by 2025. Each year, small businesses who haven’t put a cyber security plan in place…
Washington, DC’s police department has been targeted in an apparent ransomware attack. Last year we wrote about why digital crime has increased during the pandemic hxxps://econ[.]st/3tZAhuwTheEconomist – TwitterWashington, DC's police department has been targeted in an apparent ransomware attack. Last year we wrote about why digital crime has increased during the pandemic hxxps://econ[.]st/3tZAhuw

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