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7 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cayman Islands, 25 February
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee, reports that 371 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since this was last reported on Wednesday, 24 February 2021. Seven were positive.
New Director of Communications Appointed
After a rigorous interview process the Cabinet Office is pleased to announce Mrs. Oneisha Richards-Scotland as Director of Communications (designate).
European Council Summit Discusses Fight Against COVID-19
Luc Rivet - As the first day of the online summit of the European Council members ends on Thursday, the most daunting current topic, the immunization campaign against the coronavirus, continues to loom large.
Former US Diplomat Urges ‘Serious Repairs’ at Home Before Biden Tries to ‘Trip Up China’
A retired diplomat and academic has urged that the US cannot outcompete China militarily, it can only spark an arms race that will give Beijing a powerful military-industrial complex that will ultimately make both nations poorer in the end.
EU Leaders Agree to Introduce Vaccination Certificates, They Will Be Ready Within 3 Months
The concept of vaccination certificates was rolled out as an idea that could facilitate travel between the countries of the bloc during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
BitcoinPaperWallet ‘Back Door’ Responsible for Millions in Missing Funds, Research Suggests
It was just past midnight on Jan. 7, 2021, when “Nick Wendell” (a pseudonym) lost half a million dollars in bitcoin.
Tax abuse and money laundering is trapping billions in poverty, says UN
Billions of people around the world are being trapped in poverty by systemic tax abuses, corruption and money laundering, according to a UN commission report calling for a global crackdown.
UK: Bank-funded police arrest 122 fraudsters
A specialist policing unit funded by banks arrested 122 fraudsters last year amid a huge rise in money launderers using members of the public as so-called “money mules”.
China Denies That US Diplomats Were Required To Take Anal Swab Tests For Covid
US media outlet Vice on Wednesday cited a State Department official as saying that the test was given in error and that China had said it would stop using the swabs for testing of U.S. diplomats.
Great-great gran, 105, says she beat Covid by eating 'gin-soaked raisins'
An 105-year-old nursing home resident says she managed to overcome Covid-19 by eating nine gin-soaked raisins per day and ‘no junk food’.
Cyber fraudsters ditch big money scams in favour of 'silent stealing' during pandemic
A report says the shift to home working has exposed the country's vulnerability to cyber crime.
Queen speaks out about getting Covid vaccine: ‘It didn’t hurt at all’
The Queen has spoken publicly for the first time about getting her Covid-19 jab, saying, “It didn’t hurt at all.”
GCHQ says AI can help UK combat disinformation attacks
GCHQ says AI can be used widely in the fight against disinformation - and will commit to using it ethically.
Shanghai holds mobile industry trade show amid COVID-19 restrictions
5G, IoT, AI, big data and beyond at Shanghai mobile show.
Pfizer studies if 3rd vaccine jab is needed to counter COVID variants
The study aims to determine if an additional booster shot would rev up the immune system enough to ward off a mutated virus.
Joe Biden Revokes Trump Ban On Many Green Card Applicants
Former President Donald Trump issued the ban last year, saying it was needed to protect U.S. workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
No new COVID-19 cases reported in Cayman Islands, 24 February
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee, reports that 171 COVID-19 tests have been carried out since this was last reported on Tuesday, 23 February 2021. All were negative.
COVID 19 Relief Funding for Farmers Extended Until June
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands (MEYSAL) with support of the Department of Agriculture (DoA,) has announced the extension of the Cayman Islands Farmers Assistance and Relief Measures (CI FARM) programme la...
IATA Travel Pass testing is expected to begin in March on select flights
The Civil Aviation Authority reiterated this Wednesday that the International Air Transport Association, together with the Government of the Republic of Panama and the Copa Airlines, are making progress in the creation of a mobile applic...
New normal? 'Green Pass' opens music concert to vaccinated Israelis
It was an event that could set a precedent in a world longing for a return to normal - a music concert attended by scores of Israelis vaccinated against COVID-19.
EU mulls vaccination passports to resurrect tourism after COVID-19
European Union leaders will agree on Thursday to work on certificates of vaccination for EU citizens who have had an anti-COVID shot, with southern EU countries that depend heavily on tourism desperate to rescue this summer’s holiday sea...
The rise and fall of Andrew Cuomo, America's wannabe Covid hero
Democrats need to reckon with the record of politicians on both sides of the aisle who have used Trump, the pandemic, or both to elevate their profile.
NHS faces legal action over data firm contract
The NHS is being taken to court over its contract with controversial US data firm Palantir.
Johnson & Johnson's One-Shot Covid Vaccine Effective, Safe: US Drug Regulator
J&J's vaccine was 66% effective in preventing COVID-19 against multiple variants in a global trial involving nearly 44,000 people, the company said last month.
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