30 March 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • Brazil’s Bolsonaro overhauls cabinet as coronavirus pressure mounts (South China Morning Post)
  • Euro zone optimism beats expectations with March surge, Germany leads (Reuters)
  • Explained in 10 charts: How India’s second Covid wave is more severe, different than first (Economic Times)
  • Germany to issue 2.5 bln eur more debt in Q2 than planned (Nasdaq)
  • Germany’s Christian churches in meltdown (Deutsche Welle)
  • Germany’s IG Metall union agrees 2.3% wage rise in state (Mail Online UK)
  • Germany: COVID test now required for all flight arrivals (Deutsche Welle)
  • India pushes ahead with coronavirus vaccination drive to head off new surge (The Straits Times All News)
  • Israel reopens Egypt crossing for first time since… (Mail Online UK)
  • Italy’s prime minister got the AstraZeneca vaccine, as Europe struggles to convince people to take the shot (Business Insider)
  • Johnson: UK looking ‘very closely’ at coronavirus surge in France (London Evening Standard)
  • Nearly 5,000 Covid-19 patients in intensive care in France (France24)
  • Number of foreigners living in Germany hits 10 year low (The Independent)
  • Pakistan imposes partial coronavirus lockdowns in several high-risk areas (Business Standard India)
  • Pakistan’s president says he’s positive for coronavirus (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • Pandemic hits South Africa hard, requiring clear safety messaging (Cape Times E-dition)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, March 29, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday, March 30, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson to hold coronavirus press conference from new £2.6m No 9 briefing room (Manchester Evening News)
  • UK – Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron call for pandemic treaty (BBC)
  • UK – Door ‘not shut’ on foreign summer holidays, vows Matt Hancock (The Scotsman)
  • UK – Gupta’s Liberty Steel to restart operations, in talks with UK government (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Letter in full: World leaders including Boris Johnson call for international pandemic treaty (The Scotsman)
  • US – Arizona COVID-19 updates: Arizonans play big role in CDC vaccine effectiveness study (AZCentral.com)
  • US – Biden pleads with governors to reinstate mask mandates as COVID-19 infections rise and CDC director says she’s ‘scared’ by spread (Business Insider)
  • US – CDC Real-World Study Confirms Protective Benefits of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC Online Newsroom)
  • US – CDC director confesses recurring feelings of ‘impending doom’ about COVID-19 spread (The Hill)
  • US – CDC extends national ban on moratoriums until July due to COVID-19 (UPI)
  • US – CDC: 15% of U.S. Population Fully Vaccinated Against Coronavirus (US News & World Report)
  • US – California suffered nation’s 4th-worst pandemic job loss (Los Angeles Daily News)
  • US – Connecticut Supreme Court again backs Gov. Lamont’s emergency authority during pandemic, saying COVID-19 is a ‘serious disaster’ (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Five conditions will be eligible for Connecticut’s “accelerated access” to COVID-19 vaccinations starting April 1 (Hartford Courant)
  • US – Florida’s DeSantis signs COVID-19 lawsuit protection bill (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Michigan’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rising at faster rate than in fall (Detroit News)
  • US – More Illinois residents are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. Here are some of the best tweets (Chicago Tribune)
  • US – Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 90 percent effective in preventing coronavirus infections in U.S. study of essential workers, CDC says (Washington Post)
  • US – Some West Virginia schools see spike in virus outbreaks (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • US – Texas House will keep masks, other COVID-19 precautions — for now (Dallas Morning News)
  • US – au Texas, la vaccination maintenant ouverte à tous les adultes (Boursorama)
  • US, France, Germany and Italy set for Ireland’s new mandatory hotel quarantine list (Irish Independent)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
  • Why weddings have become a headache in Pakistan (Gulf News)
Actions by Companies
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
Societal & Economic Impact
ANALYSIS: For Rural Hospitals, Stimulus Cash Might Not Be EnoughBloomberg LawRural hospitals have been closing at an alarming rate. Before last year, these hospitals were already struggling, but the Covid-19 pandemic has only made their bad financial situation worse. Although rural hospitals may currently have cash on hand…
COVID-19 | Karnataka bans protests, rallies for two weeksThe HinduReview meeting defers decision on 50% seating in cinemas, and suspension of classes from 1 to 9 In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, the State government has banned all protests and rallies for the next two weeks. From Tuesday, strict…
Karnataka Covid-19 wrap: No lockdown in Bengaluru; rallies, protests, parties prohibitedIndian ExpressWith the daily test positivity rate breaching the 3 per cent mark for the first time in 2021, Karnataka — especially Bengaluru Urban and a few other districts —continued to witness a trend of growing daily Covid-19 caseload on Monday as well….
Labor’s $15bn pandemic recovery planHeraldSun.com.au Breaking NewsFederal Labor wants to establish a $15bn national reconstruction fund in a bid to create jobs, drive regional development and diversify the economy post-pandemic.
Nagpur: Elderly COVID-19 patient dies by suicide in hospitalMid DayAn 81-year-old COVID-19 patient allegedly committed suicide at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Maharashtra`s Nagpur city, police said on Tuesday. The incident took place on Monday evening when the patient, identified as Purushottam…
Part 2 | Religion, the pandemic’s unseen force: Battle for body and soulRapplerThe activist Bishop Broderick Pabillo, 66, was stern, unflinching, defiant. “We should not follow such guidelines that lacked consultations,” Pabillo declared in an interview on church-run Radio Veritas on March 23. Hours later, he released…
Protect yourself to help the economyBusiness MirrorThis Holy Week gives us respite and a time to reflect on ourselves. In this time of pandemic, the few days of rest should invigorate us in our daily fight against Covid-19 and provide us the clarity on how to best perform our job and do our share in…
Students of BOSE stage protest demanding online examination instead of offline, campus and hostel sanitisation apprehending Covid19 infectionOrissadiary.comCuttack: Students of Bhubanananda Orissa School of Engineering (BOSE) stage protest demanding online examination instead of offline, campus and hostel sanitisation apprehending Covid19 infection.
What’s missing in the conversation about the pandemic gig economyWashington PostIn November 2020, the leading food-delivery service, DoorDash, reported 543 million total orders for the first nine months of the year. As reported in MarketWatch , this represented a threefold increase over the orders placed in the same period in…
Geopolitical Impact
Beijing courts Southeast Asian nations in bid to counter South China Sea backlashMSN PhilippinesChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is expected to meet his Southeast Asian counterparts this week, stepping up Beijing's attempts to engage with the region and counter growing criticism over its activities in the South China Sea . Sources said in…
Cavite police intensify border control vs COVID-19Philippine Daily InquirerLUCENA CITY –– Cavite police has intensified their implementation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety protocols under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status. Lt. Col. Rodelino Aspiras, Cavite police officer-in-charge, reported that…
China ‘pleased’ over Pakistan’s ‘positive interactions’ with India: FM spokesmanYahoo! IndiaBeijing, Mar 29 (PTI) China said on Monday that it was 'pleased” over Pakistan's 'positive interactions' with India and it will work with Islamabad to 'inject' positive energy into regional peace, stability and development. The militaries of India and…
China approves overhaul of Hong Kong’s political system: ReportsAl JazeeraSweeping changes are the most far-reaching since the territory was returned to Chinese rule in 1997. China has approved a sweeping and controversial overhaul to Hong Kong’s political system that will cut the number of directly elected seats in the…
China’s top legislature approves changes to Hong Kong election lawsBusiness Standard IndiaChina's top legislature approved amendments to Hong Kong's constitution on Tuesday that will give Beijing more control over the make-up of the city's legislature China's top legislature approved amendments to Hong Kong's constitution on Tuesday that…
End of Suez snarl marks beginning of new stress on global tradeJapanTimes.co.jpIn its wake, the Ever Given leaves several weeks or months of disruptions across a world economy where the pandemic revealed both the sturdy backbone …
Here’s How Russia and China Are Helping the U.S.Atlantic.com – The WireBefore the pandemic, neither of the two countries was particularly known for vaccine production. But when COVID-19 began spreading, both sensed an opportunity. For China, it was a chance to reshape the narrative so that the country would be…
Suez Canal incident reveals why global trade depends heavily on shipping with few alternativesChannel NewsAsiaSINGAPORE: The Egyptian authorities revealed on Monday (Mar 29) that the traffic through the Suez Canal had resumed after the tanker called Ever Given, which had been grounded for almost a week, was refloated. Although there was general relief…
U.S., China positive on pandemic treaty idea – WHO’s TedrosMail Online UKGENEVA, March 30 (Reuters) – The United States and China have reacted positively to a proposed international treaty on pandemics, the World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday. Leaders of 23 countries and…
US, Japan, ramp up pressure on Beijing over activities in South China SeaBusiness Standard IndiaThe US, Japan and Indonesia have escalated pressure on China over its activities in the South China Sea after an ongoing tussle between Beijing and the Philippines over a disputed reef came to light The United States, Japan and Indonesia have…
Cybersecurity Impact
93% of consumers concerned about data security when filling out online formsHelp Net Security – NewsSource Defense provides in-depth analysis of the client-side threat landscape and specific attacks like formjacking, Magecart and web browser threats. The research offers a rare window on web security sentiments for a population relying almost…
Cyber is the ‘biggest risk’ in banking todayAustralian Financial ReviewThe banking sector’s leaders are working overtime to defend their systems from hackers amid an escalation in cyber attacks on institutions, their staff and customers. Bankers described the threat of malicious forces breaching bank systems as the…
Cyber risks have escalated since COVID-19Brisbane TimesAPRA deputy chairman John Lonsdale, Gilbert + Tobin partner Richard Harris and ASIC Commissioner Sean Hughes at the Financial Review Banking Summit March 30, 2021.
Cybercriminals Target Banks and Cryptocurrency Exchanges in SEACyber Security AseanIn a recent virtual media conference, global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, discussed the rising instances of cyber threats that revolve around the COVID-19 theme – from false information related to the pandemic to scams that are themed around the…
How the Nine cyber attack is affecting The AgeTheAge.com NationalAge staff spent most of last year working from home. Here we go again, not due to a global pandemic this time, but a cyber attack.
More Oz Companies Hit By Ransomware: New ReportChannel News AustraliaNew research shows Australia’s shift to remote work has intensified data protection challenges that are struggling to protect the explosion of Office 365 data. A report by cloud enabled security company Barracuda, The State of Office 365 Backup,…
Remote work and increased cybersecurity threats presented both challenges and opportunities for MSPs Sixty-five percent of MSPs increased their revenue from delivering cybersecurity services even during the recession brought on by the pandemic, accordi… hxxps://tek[.]io/3watsHX hxxps://twitter[.]com/InfoSecHotSpot/status/1376673291272867840/photo/1InfoSecHotSpot – TwitterRemote work and increased cybersecurity threats presented both challenges and opportunities for MSPs Sixty-five percent of MSPs increased their revenue from delivering cybersecurity services even during the recession brought on by the pandemic,…
Rise of Linux Malware, Spoofing, and COVID-19CywareIBM has revealed several trends dominating the threat landscape in its X-Force Threat Intelligence Index 2021 report . It is a yearly assessment, covering data and findings from January to December 2020. What’s in the report? The assessment report…
Succeeding In The Post-Covid Cybersecurity World With The Workforce-Of-The-Future ModelForbes.comChief Executive Officer of  Bugcrowd . While 2020 was rife with unprecedented challenges—a pandemic, job losses, civil unrest and financial uncertainty—it gave rise to new ways of working that, for the most part, have been successful and are likely…
Using more cybersecurity solutions may ironically be less securethestar.com.myThough companies are now running more cybersecurity solutions, these investments are proving complicated, inefficient, and costly as the companies suffer just as many issues, said cybersecurity firm Acronis. In a survey conducted in March 2021, the…

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