30 May 2021

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Actions by Governments
  • ‘I’m fine, really’: Finding hope as Covid sweeps India (BBC)
  • A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on May 29, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • Check-in Special: Outdoor holidays in Germany (Deutsche Welle)
  • China Taps Support From Poland, Serbia After Frozen EU Deal (Bloomberg)
  • Germany: Hamburg police clear neighborhood after thousands show up to party (Deutsche Welle)
  • Hunger stalks India’s poor in Covid-19 pandemic double blow (The Straits Times All News)
  • India offers Covid-19 orphans a financial lifeline; Malaysia to ramp up vaccination drive (South China Morning Post – News)
  • India’s Daily COVID Count Climbs Toward 400,000 (Arab News Express)
  • Israel Restricts Travel With Argentina, Russia Over Virus (Bloomberg)
  • Majority of Britons frown on holidays to Spain, Greece or France during pandemic (The Independent)
  • Partiers protest Belgium’s virus rules medics demand support (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • Queen Letizia of Spain cuts an elegant figure in pink dress as she joins King Felipe in Madrid  (Mail Online UK)
  • Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban from UAE, ten other countries (Siasat Daily)
  • Singapore PM to Outline Covid, Reopening Plans in Monday Speech (Bloomberg)
  • Sting, Francis Ford Coppola, And Frances Mayes Featured On PBS Dream Of Italy (Forbes.com)
  • Taiwan gifts 200,000 masks to disadvantaged in south of France (Taiwan News Online)
  • The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Saturday, May 29 (NationalPost.com)
  • The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, May 29, 2021 (NationalPost.com)
  • UK – Boris Johnson ‘ranted at Matt Hancock over care home testing failure’ (Mail Online UK)
  • UK – Boris Johnson must do the right thing and delay lockdown easing (The Independent)
  • UK – British PM Boris Johnson becomes first PM to marry in office in 200 years (ABC Online)
  • UK – Keir Starmer: Boris Johnson’s chaos could hit June plan to lift lockdown (The Guardian)
  • UK – Opinion: Throughout the pandemic Boris Johnson has had to battle with himself (Herald Scotland)
  • US – 61 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Hawaii Community Correctional Center in Hilo (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
  • US – Advocates worry about end of Kansas ban on COVID- evictions (star-telegram.com)
  • US – As COVID-19 metrics fall, Connecticut’s testing sites may soon disappear. What will replace them? (Hartford Courant)
  • US – It’s time to fix the CDC, which has been a disaster all pandemic long (New York Post)
  • US – Massachusetts residents celebrate as coronavirus restrictions on businesses are lifted (Boston Herald)
  • US – Missouri Supreme Court lifts COVID directives for judiciary (star-telegram.com)
  • US – Nebraska tourism industry starting to rebound after year marred by COVID (Omaha World-Herald)
  • US – No coronavirus report during Memorial Day weekend, Florida health department says (Orlando Sentinel)
  • US – ‘You wouldn’t think there was a pandemic’: Saturday marks end of most COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts (Boston Globe)
  • WHO’s latest situation report (WHO)
Actions by Companies
  • Abu Dhabi Offers Sinopharm Coronavirus Booster Shots (Asharq Al-Awsat)
  • American Airlines joins Southwest in delaying alcoholic beverage sales due to bad passenger behavior (Dallas Morning News)
  • Arcelor Mittal/Nippon Steel India Airlifts 1,300 Oxygen Cylinders to Odisha (The Statesman)
  • BC Card launches online cashback promotion amid pandemic (The Korea Times News)
  • Best Buy boosts its forecast on ‘extraordinarily high’ demand (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Bill Browder: Why I never fly over Russian airspace – and nor should you (Telegraph)
  • BofA plans to bring top NYC managers back to office (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • CORONAVIRUS / Hon Hai founder pledges to procure 5 million vaccine doses for Taiwan (Focus Taiwan)
  • Changes in timing for AstraZeneca appointments on Sunday (May 30) at two vaccination centres (thestar.com.my)
  • Chinese-made front-runners Sinovac and Sinopharm comparison (Pattaya Mail)
  • Covid vaccine: ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India gets 33,000 Covishield for staff (Hindu Business Line)
  • EU recommends Pfizer shot for children aged between 12-15 (News24online)
  • Good news for SBI customers! Cash withdrawal rules changed, check here (zeenews.com)
  • Honda Motorcycle And Scooter India Resumes Production At Select Plants In A Phased Manner (NDTV)
  • How Facebook was forced to lift its ban on Wuhan lab leak theory (Mail Online UK)
  • Indosat Ooredoo CEO wins Gold at APAC Stevie Awards 2021 (Qatar Tribune)
  • L&T to offer quarantine facilities to about 2.5 lakh contract (Outlook India)
  • Long lineups for second AstraZeneca dose (Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Lufthansa Has Permits to Fly to Moscow and St. Petersburg (Bloomberg)
  • M&G Criticizes UDG Healthcare Private Equity Deal, FT Reports (Bloomberg)
  • Mahindra expects car sales to take two years to rebound after COVID shock (The Hindu)
  • McDonald’s and Pizza Hut stress safety measures at outlets after Covid-19 cases (The Straits Times All News)
  • No AstraZeneca doses going to waste in Kingston, pharmacist says (CTV News)
  • No slowdown in decision-making in tel mkt; telcos focused on demand-based capacities: Ericsson Ind (Outlook India)
  • Ooredoo Offers Support for Relief Efforts in India to Fight Second Wave of Covid-19 (Gulf Times)
  • Pfizer coronavirus vaccine less effective, still protects against variant from India: French study (South China Morning Post)
  • Public sector banks to offer unsecured personal loan for COVID treatment, says SBI, Chairman (The Freepress Journal)
  • Qantas dangles free trips for Covid-vaccinated travellers (Emirates-Business.ae)
  • Southwest Airlines pauses plans to resume alcohol service after flight attendant assaulted (CNBC)
  • The Netflix food show everyone’s watching (Los Angeles Times)
  • Yes, you can get free samples at Costco again (Deseret News)
  • ‘It’s extremely stressful’: Manitobans wait in limbo for more AstraZeneca doses (Global News Canada)
Drugs, Treatments & Vaccines
  • Coronavirus vaccines may be slightly less effective for women than men, emerging research suggests (Business Insider)
  • Covid-19 is accelerating the adoption of drone technologies. Health systems around the world are looking at drones as a more efficient way to deliver blood, cancer treatments and vaccines hxxps://twitter[.]com/TheEconomist/status/1398912212740317186/video/1 (TheEconomist – Twitter)
  • Dominic Cummings is slammed by vaccine expert for his plan to ‘give volunteers Covid’ (Mail Online – Latest Stories)
  • Duchess of Cambridge gets first dose of coronavirus vaccine (The Independent)
  • Emprenden en Líbano “maratón” de vacunación contra COVID-19 (San Antonio Express-News.com)
  • More states ease lingering virus rules as vaccine rates rise (star-telegram.com)
  • More than half of people in their 30s in England have had coronavirus vaccine, figures show (The Independent)
  • Only TWO people have died with Indian Covid variant after being fully vaccinated, figures show (Mail Online UK)
  • Two college roommates who met in 1971 found themselves on competing sides of the race to find a Covid-19 shot—one for Pfizer, the other Moderna hxxps://on[.]wsj[.]com/2RP5ym6 (WSJ – Twitter)
Societal & Economic Impact
Anti-vaccination protesters storm Westfield shopping centre as hundreds join Covid demonstrationThe IndependentRelated video: Hundreds of people gathered in Parliament Square on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions Police say four arrests made in connection with multiple protests in London Anti-vaccination protesters stormed Westfield shopping centre in…
Cabinet proposes one-time child subsidy of NT$10,000 as COVID reliefFocus TaiwanTaipei, May 30 (CNA) The Cabinet on Sunday put forth a plan to offer families with young children a one-off subsidy of NT$10,000 (US$357) per child, as part of a COVID-19 relief package that is currently under discussion, according to a government…
Congress workers in Mumbai protest against Centre over fuel price hike, Covid-19 managementAni NewsMumbai ( Maharashtra ) [India], May 30 (ANI): As the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) marked seven years of power at the Centre, Congress workers near the party office in Mumbai held protests against the Centre over issues of fuel price hike and…
Hundreds protest coronavirus curbs in BrusselsThe Straits Times All NewsMay 30, 2021 2:41 AM Many yelled "Freedom" and claimed Covid-19 was no worse than the flu.
In Pictures: Thousands Flood Brazilian Cities To Protest Bolsonaro’s Handling Of Covid-19Forbes.comTopline Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil’s largest cities Saturday to protest President Jair Bolsonaro amid a congressional investigation into his handling of Covid-19 and widespread public outcry over his slow and often…
Is A Fourth Stimulus Check Still A Possibility?International Business TimesPresident Joe Biden revealed his budget proposal this week and much to the chagrin of many, there were no proposals that would include another round of stimulus checks to Americans who are still struggling due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, while…
There is no rhythm in Australia’s economy, just uncertainty mixed with hopeThe GuardianT his Wednesday the latest GDP figures will be released marking a year since the economy began its sharp fall into a recession. In all likelihood the latest figures will show we are back (or nearly so) to where we were before the pandemic hit. But as…
Thousands protest across Brazil over Bolsonaro’s handling of COVIDSky News LatestThousands of people have gathered across Brazil to protest at President Bolsonaro's management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unemployed best friends make millions in business enterprise during pandemicGoldCoastBulletin.com.auTwo best friends have turned their bitter COVID job losses into sweet success, selling DIY bubble tea kits during the worst of the pandemic. The novel business idea proved so successful, they've made $2 million in 12 months with the help of a teenage…
Geopolitical Impact
China Locks Down Neighbourhood In City Near Hong Kong After Covid SurgeNDTV ProfitChinese city of Guangzhou has locked down a neighbourhood after fresh surge in Covid cases.
Congress giving Pakistan tools to defame India: BJPTimes of IndiaNEW DELHI: BJP on Saturday accused Congress of working to “weaken” India’s fight against Covid-19, and alleged that the opposition party “provided” tools to countries like Pakistan to defame India. Citing the alleged remarks of former Madhya Pradesh…
Covid-19 lockdown lessons from US, Hong Kong, China and AustraliaThe Straits Times All NewsMay 30, 2021 5:00 AM What is the art of a good lockdown? ST foreign bureaus report on wisdom gleaned from how the virus crisis has been handled.
Former UN peacekeepers pay tribute to their fallen comrades at annual wreath-laying ceremonyIrish IndependentDozens of former UN peacekeepers paid tribute to their fallen comrades at an annual wreath-laying ceremony in Dublin today. D ue to Covid-19, a scaled-back ceremony took place at noon today in the UN memorial garden on Mount Temple Road, Dublin 7. Ever…
Gene sequencing of virus found in S China city’s latest outbreak highly homologous, all from variants detected in IndiaGlobal TimesMedical workers from Nanfang Hospital collect samples for nucleic acid tests in Liwan District of Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, May 27, 2021. Liwan District of Guangzhou has carried out COVID-19 nucleic acid tests for all citizens from…
Guimaras reinstates stricter border controlManila BulletinNews / Visayas / Share it! [mashshare] Guimaras reinstates stricter border control ILOILO CITY – As cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have risen, the local government of the island province of Guimaras reinstated stricter border control. “Cases of…
Saudi Arabia lifts travel ban from 11 countries, India and Pakistan excluded. Here’s the listHindustan TimesSaudi Arabia's travel ban will continue to remain in effect for the remaining nine countries, including India and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia will lift the travel ban that was imposed on people arriving from 11 countries to curb the spread of coronavirus…
Cybersecurity Impact
Cybersecurity system for DHBs like Waikato abandoned due to coststuff.co.nzThe Ministry of Health abandoned an effort to secure all district health board computer systems citing budget constraints. The Government also has not followed through on its Cyber Security Strategy 2019 which promised annual reports around…
IoT Security: Why Food Industry Cyber Awareness Should Be Your Main IngredientSecurity IntelligenceThe food industry faces an uncertain future. Restaurants and prepared-food companies, food manufacturers, farmers and producers that survived the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 are heading into a new world. Some of the competition has been removed, new…
US Government warns of growing cyber threatsABC NewsNow Playing: Gas shortages continue even as service is restored on Colonial Pipeline Now Playing: How vulnerable is US to more cyber security threats? Now Playing: Remarkable toddler stuns adults with her brilliance Now Playing: Eric Riddick, who served…
When no one’s laughingthestar.com.myAIN Husniza Saiful Nizam’s cyber battle-cry to #MakeSchoolASaferPlace (see timeline) led to a nationwide online movement with many young Malaysians stepping out of the shadows to share their stories of sexual violations in schools. Activist Puteri…

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