(MEXICO CITY) #Coronavirus Report: Villages being refused vaccinations after with only 2% being given the jab for #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.21: A few months later the pandemic had engulfed Mexico and thousands of people were dying every week. But Coquilteel and many small, indigenous towns in the state of Chiapas were left relatively unscathed. This has been a blessing but it also presents a problem.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says cases have risen with men, women and children in this #pandemic and now Mexican villages refusing to vaccinate citizens with almost 30% of Mexicans have received one vaccine against #COVID19 so far but in the state of Chiapas the take-up rate is less than half of that. In Coquilteel, and many remote villages in the state, it’s likely to be closer to 2%. Last week Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador remarked on the low vaccination rate in Chiapas and said the government needed to do more according to BBC Latin News

By Stephanie Hegarty
Population correspondent 

Relatives carry a woman with symptoms of Covid-19 in Chiapas state
Disinformation has led to indigenous communities choosing not to get vaccinated

In November Pascuala Vázquez Aguilar had a strange dream about her village Coquilteel, nestled among the trees in the mountains of southern Mexico.

A plague had come to the village and everyone ran to the forest. They hid in a hut under a tall canopy of oak trees.

“The plague couldn’t reach us there,” Pascuala says. “That’s what I saw in my dream.”

Pascuala is a community health leader for 364 communities in the area and she has been vaccinated. She travels in and out of the village and worries about bringing Covid back to her family and friends who, like most of their neighbours are not vaccinated.

They’re influenced by lies and rumours swirling around on WhatsApp. Pascuala has seen messages saying the vaccine will kill people after two years, that it’s a government plot to reduce the population or that it’s a sign of the devil that curses anyone who receives it.

AFPVaccination uptake in Chiapas state has been relatively low compared to other areas

This kind of disinformation is everywhere but in villages like Coquilteel, it can be particularly potent. “People don’t trust the government. They don’t see the government doing anything good, they just see a lot of corruption,” Pascuala says.

The community in Chilón are predominantly indigenous descendants of the Mayan civilisation. In Chiapas there are over 12 official traditional languages spoken. The first language in Coquilteel is Tzeltal and few people speak much Spanish.

The indigenous community in this part of Mexico has a history of resistance to the central authorities, culminating in the Zapatista uprising in 1994. “The government doesn’t consult people on how they want to be helped or how to govern,” says Pascuala. “The majority don’t believe that Covid exists.”

This isn’t just a problem in Mexico or in Latin America, it’s happening all over the world. In northern Nigeria in the early 2000s and later in parts of Pakistan, distrust of the authorities led to boycotts of the polio vaccine. Some of these communities believed a lie that the vaccine was sent by the US as part of the “War on Terror”, to cause infertility and reduce their Muslim population.

“There is fertile ground for rumours and misinformation where there’s already a lack of trust in authorities and maybe even in science,” says Lisa Menning, a social scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) who researches barriers to vaccine uptake. “There are information gaps and perhaps poorly designed communications campaigns that have targeted these communities historically.”

Gerardo GonzálezPascuala, a vaccinated health worker, worries her unvaccinated friends and family might catch Covid

Nicolasa Guzmán García spends much of her day in Coquilteel tending to her chickens and growing fresh vegetable for her family. She does believe Covid is real but doesn’t feel the need to be vaccinated. “I don’t leave my home very much. I don’t travel to the city, I’m focused on looking after my animals,” she says.

She also believes that their traditional lifestyle protects the community – they eat healthy, fresh food and get a lot of fresh air and exercise. And like a lot of indigenous communities across Latin America, the Tzeltal practise a mix of Catholicism and their ancient spiritual religion.

“I can’t say if this vaccine is bad or good because I don’t know how it was made, who made it and what’s in it,” says Nicolasa. “But I prepare my traditional medicine myself so I have more confidence in it.”

She uses a mixture of cured tobacco, home-made alcohol and garlic to help with breathing problems, and tinctures made from Mexican marigold flowers or water of the rue plant for fever.

Medical doctor Gerardo González Figueroa has been treating indigenous communities in Chiapas for 15 years and says trust in herbal medicine is not just out of tradition but necessity – because medical facilities are often far away.

He believes there are some protective benefits from traditional diet, lifestyle and healing practices but he is extremely worried about low vaccination rates.

“I don’t think the efforts of the Mexican government have been strong enough in getting all of society involved,” he says. “These institutions have been acting in a paternalistic manner. It’s ‘go and get your vaccines’.”

AFPThe indigenous community in this part of Mexico has a history of resistance to the government

The federal government has said its vaccination programme is a success, with mortality declining by 80% amidst the third wave of Covid sweeping across Mexico’s more densely populated urban areas.

Pascuala believes the authorities gave up too easily when they saw that people were rejecting getting vaccinated in the village.

“It’s a false binary to think of supply and demand as separate things,” says Lisa Menning of the WHO. She points to the US, where polling in March showed communities of colour had also been hesitant to get vaccinated until authorities put a major effort into making vaccination accessible. Vaccination rates in these communities are now much higher.

“Having easy, convenient and really affordable access to good services, where there’s a health worker who’s really well-trained and able to respond to any concerns and responds in a very caring and kind respectful way – that is what makes the difference.”

It can’t be a top-down approach, she says. “What works best is listening to communities, partnering with them, working with them.”

Coquilteel is one of millions of small, rural communities around the world where this is sorely lacking. For now, all Pascuala can do is keep trying to convince people to get vaccinated and she’s focusing her efforts on those who leave the village, like truck drivers. But until everyone is vaccinated, she can only put her trust in other powers.

“Thanks to God we live in a community where there are still trees, and where the air is still clean,” she says. “I think in some way, Mother Earth is protecting us.”

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: Health & Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid provides update on vaccine rollout and opening up the roadmap on step 4 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.06: Mr Speaker, I’m extremely grateful to you for accommodating the timing of this statement today. I’d like to update the House on the pandemic, and our roadmap to freedom.

#AceHealthDesk reports ….Update on the #pandemic and the roadmap to freedom and oral statement to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on step 4 of the roadmap and the vaccine roll-out.

Mr Speaker, this morning I joined some of the remarkable people who have been at the heart of our pandemic response at a service to mark the NHS’s 73rd Birthday at St Paul’s Cathedral. Together we reflected on a ‘year like no other’ – for the NHS and for our country.

I know Honourable Members on all sides of this House will join me in celebrating the decision by Her Majesty the Queen to award the NHS the George Cross. I can think of no more fitting tribute to the NHS. I know that everyone in this House – indeed, everyone in this country – will celebrate this award.

Mr Speaker, there’s no greater demonstration of our high regard for the NHS than the manner in which we all stepped up to protect it. Now it is thanks to the NHS and many others that we are vaccinating our way out of this pandemic – and out of our restrictions.

86% of UK adults have had at least one jab, and 64% have had two. We’re reinforcing our vaccine wall of defence further still.

I can tell the House we are reducing the dose interval for under 40s from 12 weeks to 8… which will mean every adult should have the chance to be double jabbed by mid-September.

And those vaccines are working. The latest data from the ONS shows that 8 in 10 adults have the COVID-19 antibodies that are so important in helping our body fight the disease. When we look at people over 50 — the people who got the jab earlier in the programme — that figure rises to over 9 in 10.

Mr Speaker, allow me to set out why all of this is so important. Before we started putting jabs in arms, whenever we saw a rise in cases, it would inevitably be followed by a rise in hospitalisations and, tragically, a rise in deaths too. Yet today, even though cases are heading upwards in line with what we expected, hospitalisations are increasing at a much lower rate and deaths are at a low level at just 1% of the figure we saw at the peak.

Our vaccines are building a wall of protection against hospitalisation – and jab by jab, brick by brick – that wall is getting higher.

And for those people who sadly do find themselves having to go to hospital, we have better treatments than ever before. Last week, on my visit to St Thomas’ Hospital, clinicians were telling me just how transformative dexamethasone has been for their live-saving efforts. Taken together, the link between cases, hospitalisations and deaths is being severely weakened – and this means we can start to learn to live with COVID-19.

As we do that, Mr Speaker, it’s important we’re straight with the British people. Cases of COVID-19 are rising – and will continue to rise significantly. We can reasonably expect that, by the 19th of July, the number of daily cases to be far higher than today.

Against this backdrop, I know that many people will be understandably cautious about easing restrictions. After many months of uncertainty, this is entirely natural.

But we can now protect the NHS without having to go to the extraordinary lengths we’ve needed to in the past. That’s not to say this is going to be easy, Mr Speaker. Of course the pandemic is not over. The virus is still with us, it hasn’t gone away – and the risk of a dangerous new variant that evades vaccines remains real.

We know that with COVID-19, the situation can change – and it can change quickly. But we cannot put our lives on hold forever.

My responsibility as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care includes helping to us turn and face the other challenges that we know we must also address, from mental health to social care to the challenges of long-COVID.

I’m also determined to get to work on busting the backlog this pandemic has caused – a backlog we know is likely to get worse before it gets better.

As I set out to this House last week, Mr Speaker, I remain confident we can move to Step 4 in England on the 19th of July and the government will make its final decision on this on the 12th of July.

Today, Mr Speaker, I wish to set out further details of what Step 4 will look like.

In essence, our national response to COVID-19 will change, from one of rules and regulations, to one of guidance and good sense. We will revoke all social distancing guidance, including the 2-metre rule, except for in some specific settings, such as ports of entry and medical settings, where it makes sense for those to continue.

It will no longer be a legal requirement to wear face coverings in any setting, including on public transport – although we advise this as a voluntary measure for crowded and enclosed spaces.

It will no longer be necessary to work from home. There will be no limits on the number of people you can meet. There will be no limits on the number of people who can attend life events, like weddings and funerals – and no restrictions on communal worship and singing.

We will remove legal requirements on how businesses operate. Capacity caps will all be lifted, and there will no longer be a requirement to offer table service. All businesses forced to close their doors because of the pandemic will be able to open them once again.

And we will lift the cap on named care home visitor numbers, so that families can come together in the ways they want to once again.

Mr Speaker, ministers will provide further statements this week on self-isolation for fully vaccinated people, including for international travel, and on restrictions in education settings – including the removal of bubbles and contact isolation.

Today, I can also confirm to the House that we have completed our review of certification. While already a feature of international travel, we have concluded that we do not think using certification as a condition of entry is the way to go.

For people who haven’t been offered a full course of vaccination, and for businesses, we felt the impact outweighed the public health benefits.

Of course, Mr Speaker, businesses can use COVID-status certification at their own discretion…… and from Step 4 onwards, the NHS Covid Pass will be accessible through the NHS app and other non-digital routes.

This will be the main way people can prove their COVID-19 status – a status they will achieve once they have completed a full vaccine course, a recent negative test, or by some other proof of natural immunity.

Mr Speaker, taken together, Step 4 is the biggest step of all. A restoration of so many of the freedoms that make this country great.

We know that as a consequence, cases will rise – just as they have done at every step on our roadmap. But this time, our wall of protection will help us. While Step 4 will be the moment to let go of many of restrictions, we must hold on to those sensible everyday decisions that can keep us all safe.

The responsibility to combat COVID-19 lies with each and every one of us. That means staying at home when you’re asked to self-isolate. It means considering the guidance that we’re setting out. And it means getting the jab – both doses – when you’re offered it, something that is still the single biggest contribution anyone can make to our national effort.

And it may even mean three jabs in a single year for some of us. Last week, the JCVI provided interim advice on who to prioritise for a third dose – and our most vulnerable will be offered booster COVID-19 jabs from September, in time for the winter.

And preparing for the winter ahead is not just about COVID-19, but flu as well.

Because of the measures in place this winter, almost nobody in the UK has had flu for 18 months now. That’s obviously a good thing, but it means our immunity will be down.

This winter’s flu campaign will be more important than ever – and we’re currently looking at whether we can give people their COVID-19 booster shot and the flu jab at the same time.

Mr Speaker, Step 4 is the next step on our country’s journey out of this pandemic.

I know that after so many difficult months, it is a step that many of us will look upon with a great deal of caution. But it is one we will take together, with a growing wall of defence against this virus – a wall that each and every one of us can help to build higher.

It’s vital that each of us plays our part – to protect ourselves and to protect others – into better days ahead.

I commend this statement to the House.

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(WASHINGTON) #MigrantCrisis The surge of illegals at the U.S southern border has undoubtedly been a challenge for the Biden administration in its first few months in office as many are now coming in through Panama #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: Vice President Kamala Harris’s recent trip to Central America—her first official mission abroad—is emblematic of the weight the White House has placed on the issue of migration. Unfortunately, however, Panama was left off the itinerary of her two-day trip, which included stops in Guatemala and Mexico. This despite the unprecedented number of migrants attempting to cross our border through a treacherous area of jungle known as the Darién Gap.

WASHINGTON: Panama’s minister of foreign affairs: Terrorists are entering Panama and making their way to the US The (Literal) Gap in U.S. Migration Policy,” by Erika Mouynes, Foreign Policy, June 24, 2021: Erika Mouynes is Panama’s minister of foreign affairs.

The problem of uncontrolled migration is not isolated to Texas, California, New Mexico, or Arizona. Farther south, on the Panamanian border, a parallel crisis is unfolding as unprecedented numbers of migrants from Haiti, Cuba, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East attempt to cross the Darién Gap en route to Canada and the United States. The situation here is not a uniquely North American or Panamanian problem. It is an international humanitarian crisis that knows no borders and requires immediate collaboration. Panama, for our part, looks forward to working closely with the Biden administration to formulate an effective policy response….

The devastation of the #COVID19 #pandemic, coupled with severe weather caused by climate change and escalating violence, is doubtlessly driving migrants to leave their countries of origin—some of which are as far-flung as India, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uzbekistan, and Senegal—to pursue a better life elsewhere….

First among them is strengthening visa requirements and background checks throughout Latin America. A vast number of migrants crossing the Darién started their journey in South America, arriving through ports of entry in countries where visa requirements are less strict. As a result, members of terrorist organizations and sanctioned parties have found their way into Panama, where they are not permitted to enter in the first place. Panama’s biometric identification measures have recognized and detained individuals linked to extremist groups attempting to pass through the country with migrants….

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: July.05: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Report: Opinion New Health & Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid after taking his new job last Saturday and his thoughts on the job in hand #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.04: Moments after the Prime Minister called to ask me to become Health and Social Care Secretary last Saturday night, I spoke to my teenage daughter in the kitchen: You won’t have much to sort out then, dad,’ she said sarcastically….

#AceHealthDesk reports that ‘The Health and Social Care Secretary’ writes in the Mail on Sunday on the current state of the (coronavirus) #COVID-19 #pandemic.

When I came back to Westminster on Sunday morning, I found the biggest in-tray I’ve had at any department – and I’ve run 5.

I’ve spent the last year working with Harvard University on how governments can learn from this pandemic and be better prepared for future challenges, now I’m the one faced with so many of those tough choices.

I feel both the heavy responsibility and urgency that comes with this job.

My first video call on vaccine progress had to be at the same time as the England-Germany match. It was all going well until JVT (Jonathan Van-Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England) suddenly took off his headphones because he didn’t want to hear the score before he watched a recording of the match.

It was an honour to start the meeting by thanking the team who have delivered the rollout, including everyone in the NHS, the Vaccines Taskforce and the officials in my department.

Amid the endless policy memos and reams of data, I see 2 immediate challenges. The first is how we restore our freedoms and learn to live with (coronavirus) COVID-19. The second is to tackle the NHS backlog – something that we know is going to get far worse before it gets better.

We are on track for 19 July and we have to be honest with people about the fact that we cannot eliminate COVID-19.

We also need to be clear that cases are going to rise significantly. I know many people will be cautious about the easing of restrictions – that’s completely understandable. But no date we choose will ever come without risk, so we have to take a broad and balanced view. We are going to have to learn to accept the existence of COVID-19 and find ways to cope with it – just as we already do with flu.

The economic arguments for opening up are well known, but for me, the health arguments are equally compelling. The pandemic has hit some groups disproportionately hard. Rules that we have had to put in place have caused a shocking rise in domestic violence and a terrible impact on so many people’s mental health. All the progress we have made is thanks to the sacrifices of the British people – and our phenomenal vaccine programme. The jabs are working. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 8 in 10 UK adults have the COVID-19 antibodies that help the body fight the disease. The implications of this are huge.

Tragically, the last time we had 28,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a day, we saw about 500 people die each day. On Friday, we had almost 28,000 cases a day, but 24 times fewer people lost their lives.

There will always be the possibility that we have to deal with dangerous new variants that evade the vaccine but I encourage everyone to get their jabs now if they haven’t already done so. It is the single biggest contribution you can make to this national effort.

We have many other crucial health challenges that we need to confront. We protected the NHS to make sure it was there for everyone who needed care. The steps we took saved countless lives but also led to the build-up of a vast ‘elective’ backlog – checks, appointments and treatments for all the less urgent, but often just as important, health issues.

Because of the pandemic, we estimate that about 7 million fewer people than normal came forward for healthcare. Even if only some of that demand returns, we will see enormous pressure on the NHS.

To help meet this demand, build a better NHS and bust the backlog, we need to build on the changes we’ve all embraced through the pandemic, such as using NHS 111 to direct patients to the most appropriate setting to receive care, expanding the use of our pharmacies and encouraging more people to use the NHS app.

We have to keep doing all of that, and more.

Of course, if you are feeling unwell, you need to come forward. The NHS is always there for you – and now in many different ways.

We’re putting record levels of funding into the NHS. In March, we committed a further £7 billion of funding – including £1 billion to begin tackling the elective backlog and about £500 million for mental health services and investment in staff.

And we’re bringing so many more talented colleagues into the workforce. We have record numbers employed in the NHS, with more than 58,300 more staff in hospital and community health services since March last year, including over 5,600 more doctors and 10,800 nurses.

We’re also embracing technology to help staff spend less time on paperwork and more on patients.

It’s time to build on the spirit of innovation we’ve all embraced and use it for the other challenges we face: from finally fixing social care and putting it on a sustainable footing, to tackling the health inequalities that the pandemic has brought to the fore.

I’m determined we get that right.

There’s a lot of work ahead, but if we hold on to the spirit that has seen us through these difficult days, we will have a country that is not just freer, but healthier, too.

#AceHealthDesk report ….Published: July.05: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) #Coronavirus Report: Red Cross says country’s health is in ‘catastrophic’ situation as #COVID19 cases are surging with daily records #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.01: Indonesia’s #COVID19 surge is on the edge of a “catastrophe” as the more infectious Delta variant dominates transmission and chokes hospitals in South-East Asia’s worst epidemic, the Red Cross says.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Red Cross says Indonesia close to ‘catastrophe’ as #COVID19 Delta variant causes case surge and oxygen shortage and health dept has reported record daily infections of more than 20,000 in recent days, in a new wave of infections fuelled by the emergence of highly transmissible virus variants and increased mobility after the Muslim fasting month.

Two patients rest on hospital beds while conected to oxygen tanks, while another person sits behind them
The Delta variant is driving daily infection rates of more than 20,000 cases recently.(Reuters: Willy Kurniawan)

“Every day we are seeing this Delta variant driving Indonesia closer to the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe,” said Jan Gelfand, head of the Indonesian delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

As cases surge, oxygen prices in Indonesia’s capital more than doubled, and some suppliers reported shortages on Tuesday.

With hospitals filling up in Jakarta and patients being turned away, some people sought to secure oxygen for infected family members at home.

The price for a tank of oxygen had jumped to $US140 ($185)  from the usual $66, suppliers said.

“I’m queuing here now to refill oxygen for my wife and son who are now positive with COVID-19,” said Taufik Hidayat.

“I went around and it all was sold out.”

Sellers in others areas of Jakarta told Reuters their stocks had also dried up.

Two men wearing face masks and orange work gloves use gaslines to refill large thin cylinders with oxygen.
Officials say shortages are due to distribution problems that will soon be sorted.(Reuters: Antara Foto/Syifa Yulinnas)

But Sulung Mulia Putra, an official at Jakarta’s health agency, said a shortage at hospitals was temporary and due to distribution issues that were being resolved.

“Distributors don’t have enough transport so hospitals will be helped by the police, parks agency and Red Cross to transport oxygen,” he said.

Almost all isolation beds in use in worst areas

Hospitals in several designated “red zone” areas have reported overcapacity, including in Jakarta, with its isolation beds 93 per cent occupied as of Sunday.Indonesian COVID patients die in self-isolationAs Indonesia’s hospital system struggles with a surge of new COVID-19 cases, many are being turned away from hospitals and are being forced to isolate at home. Some have even died at home.

“Hospitals are full because of the case surge caused by mobility and loosening health protocol adherence, worsened also by the Delta variant,” said senior health ministry official Siti Nadia Tarmizi, when asked about the IFRC’s assessment.

The Delta variant was first identified in India and has been blamed for big spikes in infections in many countries.

Indonesia is banking on mass vaccinations as a means of tackling the virus, but only 13.3 million of the 181.5 million targeted for inoculation have received the required two doses since January.

Indonesia’s Health Minister is leading a push for stricter controls as infections surge to unprecedented levels, sources familiar with government discussions have told Reuters.

Citing unnamed sources, The Straits Times newspaper on Tuesday reported the government will tighten restrictions starting on Wednesday, prohibiting restaurant dining and requiring negative tests for domestic air travel.

Asked for confirmation of that, the health ministry said: “Wait for the official announcement.”

ABC/Reuters/The Straits Times/Reuters/

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(MOSCOW, Russia.) #Coronavirus Report: Health officials have confirmed that at least 600-people have been infected in the last 24-hours by the rise of Delta Variant cases #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.30: At least 652 people infected with coronavirus have died in Russia within the latest 24-hour recording period, government officials announced Tuesday morning. It marks the country’s single most deadly day since the pandemic began.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Russia records highest official death toll since start of #pandemic, as nation fights sharp rise in cases of Delta variant and the #COVID19 operational headquarters reported the grim milestone amid a steep rise in the number of positive tests for the infection over the past fortnight. More than 134,500 people are confirmed to have died with the virus overall since last March.

29 Jun, 2021 10:28 

Russia records highest official Covid-19 death toll since start of pandemic, as nation fights sharp rise in cases of Delta variant

The largest number of daily deaths were recorded in Moscow, which accounted for 121 of the fatalities. The capital has consistently been the focal point for outbreaks, leading in both the current number of infections and the total number of deaths. However, Russia’s second city, St Petersburg, also registered 119 fatalities, suggesting the situation there is worsening: With infectious Delta strain on rise, Moscow to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or negative test to visit bars & restaurants

The number of diagnosed cases began rising quickly at the beginning of June, having previously fallen from record highs in December and plateaued at below 9,000 for several months.

Last week, the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, revealed that around 90% of cases in the city are estimated to have been caused by the infectious new Delta variant, which is thought to have originated in India. The mutated form of Covid-19 has been blamed for a resurgence of infections across the US and much of Europe. Sobyanin said that the situation is “rapidly deteriorating,” and the sudden rise in cases is “quite unexpected” given previously estimated levels of immunity among the population: Moscow orders ‘mandatory’ vaccination against Covid-19 for some workers serving the public as cases soar in Europe’s largest city

Low levels of vaccine uptake compared to a number of other European countries have been repeatedly cited as a challenge in Russia, with polls showing many people are skeptical of the jab. However, in the past few days, queues for appointments have been reported and at least two cities have run short of doses after tough new measures were put in place to control the spread of Covid-19 and boost the numbers of those being immunized.

Moscow has demanded that companies in sectors like hospitality, transport and leisure ensure 60% of their workers are immunized, or else face hefty fines. Officials have confirmed that bosses can suspend employees without pay in order to meet the quotas. Similar rules have now been put in place elsewhere, including in St. Petersburg: Two Far Eastern Russian cities SUSPEND Covid-19 vaccinations, with demand for doses soaring as country fights spike in new cases

As of Monday, the Russian capital is also requiring residents to scan a QR code when entering bars, cafes, pubs, food courts and other public spaces. Only those who have proof of vaccination or were officially recorded as a coronavirus case within the past six months will be eligible for unrestricted access, while others seeking admission indoors will have to provide a negative PCR test from within the previous three days.

Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova has objected to the move, labelling it “a dishonest game.” She said that “the mechanisms by which it is being implemented are giving rise to mass psychosis and making people fear coercion.”

However, two new polls released last week found that almost half of Russians surveyed back the new measures in Moscow, while 61% of those asked by researchers now plan to get vaccinated in the near future.

#AceHealthDesk report …..Published: Jun.30: 2021:

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(HONG KONG) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Ban on all flights from the UK to curb the spread of the Delta variant of #COVID19 #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.30: The UK is to be classified as an “extremely high-risk” country, the highest rating Hong Kong has for #pandemic travel.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Hong Kong bans all incoming flights from UK over #COVID19 concerns as the new ban comes into effect on 1 July and affect all incoming passenger flights from Britain amid rising tensions over Hong Kong’s recent pressure on opposition media and dissenting voices under a controversial national security law.

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No more flights to Hong Kong for now

It also comes amid political tensions between China and the West over a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong. 

The ban means people who’d recently spent more than two hours in Britain wouldn’t be allowed to board flights to Hong Kong from any airport. 

The city’s authorities said the decision was based on the “recent rebound” of the pandemic in the UK and the “widespread Delta variant virus strain” in the country.

There are around 8 daily non-stop flights from the UK to Hong Kong, all flying out of London. 

Flights outbound from Hong Kong to the UK are not affected by the upcoming ban.

Record spike in the UK

Despite high vaccination rates, the UK is currently seeing Europe’s highest number of daily new cases by far. Most of the new infections are linked to the Delta variant, first detected in India. 

Hong Kong however confirmed its first local Delta variant only last week, ending a 16-day streak of zero local cases.

The city has had some of the strictest border curbs in the world since 2020, which helped to keep infections numbers low throughout the entire pandemic.

Officials said the city recently recorded a growing number of Delta variant cases in people arriving from the UK, who like all incoming travellers have to quarantine. 

According to news agency Reuters, parents in Hong Kong with children who are studying in the UK have reacted with shock that they would now be stranded abroad. 

Reuters: Throughtout the pandemic, Hong Kong has managed to keep cases low

The 1 July flight ban is the second time Hong Kong has stopped arrivals from Britain after a ban from December 2020 until May of this year.

Hong Kong already bars flights from several other countries over rising cases of the Delta strain, including Indonesia, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines.

The UK government said it “restricts the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and constitutes a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”.From protests to ‘patriots’: Why China is bent on crushing Hong Kong dissent

#AceHealthDesk report …..Published: Jun.30: 2021:

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(LONDON) Press Release Statement Report: New Secretary of State Sajid Javid says he is honoured to take up the position and he will make vaccine rollout and lifting lockdown a priority #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.28: Sajid Javid says he’s honoured to take up new post, acknowledging ‘huge responsibility’.

#AceHealthDesk says …Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, prioritises ending #pandemic and BBC provides detail of his experience and asks who is the health secretary as he resigns today from his present job at JP Morgan

From: Department of Health and Social Care and The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MPPublished: 27: June 2021:

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

I’m incredibly honoured to take up the post of Health and Social Care Secretary, particularly during such an important moment in our recovery from COVID-19. This position comes with a huge responsibility and I will do everything I can to deliver for the people of this great country.

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of our NHS and social care staff who work tirelessly every day, and our phenomenal vaccination programme, we have made enormous progress in the battle against this dreadful disease. I want our country to get out of this pandemic and that will be my most immediate priority.

Sajid Javid: Who is the new health secretary? According to BBC Health News

Sajid Javid
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Mr Javid previously served as home secretary under former Prime Minister Theresa May, and in 2019 was promoted to chancellor by Boris Johnson. 

However he only lasted in that role for six months, resigning in February 2020 following tensions with the prime minister’s then-advisor Dominic Cummings.

Mr Javid was told he would have to sack his own advisors, but he rejected the order saying it was something “no self-respecting minister” could accept.

The MP for Bromsgrove since 2010 was born in Rochdale, one of five sons of parents who had moved to the UK from Pakistan.

Mr Javid, a 50-year-old father of four, told the Evening Standard in 2012: “My dad was from a tiny village in Pakistan and came here when he was 17 to look for work.

“He settled in Rochdale and became a cotton-mill worker for Courtaulds. But he was quite ambitious, and saw that bus drivers were better paid. His nickname was Mr Night and Day because he used to work every hour God sent his way.”

Mr Javid’s father’s job was the same as the father of another high-profile politician, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and he congratulated the Labour politician “from one son of a Pakistani bus driver to another” after his City Hall victory in 2016.

Mr Javid spent his school years in Bristol after his parents took over a ladieswear shop there, with the family living in a two-bed flat above it.

He told the Daily Mail in 2014 that the school was tough and “I was naughty, more interested in watching Grange Hill than homework.”

But, he said, things changed when his dad read the riot act. “He said ‘this is what I went through, don’t let me down’. I felt really bad. My academic work rocketed.” 

He said that his school did not want to pay for him to do maths O-Level – his dad ended paying for it instead. 

PA MediaSajid Javid previously served in Boris Johnson’s cabinet as chancellor

He had also developed an interest in financial markets, sparked by the Thatcher government’s privatisations. At the age of 14 he went to see his father’s bank manager and arranged to borrow £500 to invest in shares, becoming a regular reader of the Financial Times.

His goal became to work in the City so he passed that maths O-Level and, rejecting his school’s suggestion he become a TV repair man, headed off to sixth form college and then to Exeter University to study economics and politics – giving a clear hint of his future career direction. 

He also met his future wife, Laura, while doing a summer job at Commercial Union. They sat opposite each other and shared a stapler, he told the Daily Mail.

Their four children are privately educated: “We do what’s best for them,” Mr Javid, who has described himself as a non-practising Muslim, told the newspaper. 

After university, he set his sights on a job in the City. As he told the Standard: “Some people, in a friendly way, tried to lower my expectations.

“They often tell you that unless you wear an old school tie or have the family contacts, you just won’t get a chance to work in the City. But they were wrong.”

His career move worked out well, although he had to move across the Atlantic to succeed. And by the age of 25, he had become a vice-president at Chase Manhattan Bank, later moving to Singapore for a period with Deutsche Bank. He rose to become a managing director before leaving in the summer of 2009 to concentrate on a political career.

A Conservative Party supporter from the early 1980s, he had attended his first conference towards the end of the Thatcher years, with Conservative friends from university such as fellow Tory MP Robert Halfon.

They got into a bit of trouble at the 1990 conference, handing out leaflets against the then prime minister’s decision to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism, opposing the policy despite being diehard fans of Mrs Thatcher’s.

According to a ConservativeHome profile, Mr Javid, Mr Halfon, another future Tory MP David Burrowes and Tim Montgomerie – founder of ConservativeHome – got up at 07:00 so they could get front-row seats for what turned out to be Mrs Thatcher’s final party conference speech.

Two decades on and, in 2010, he was elected for the first time, and made swift progress.

He began his ministerial career with roles in the Treasury, before becoming the first cabinet minister of Asian descent when he was appointed culture, media and sport secretary in 2014. 

He did that for a year before moving to business secretary for a year and then moving on to be communities and local government secretary.

Long thought of as a Eurosceptic, it was a surprise to many when Mr Javid came out for Remain during the UK’s 2016 referendum on whether or not to stay in the European Union. 

PASajid Javid (third from left) with the 2014 Budget team

That meant, of course, that like then-Home Secretary Theresa May and his one-time mentor, then Chancellor George Osborne, he was on the losing side. 

There was an ill-fated and very short-lived bid to succeed David Cameron as Conservative leader after the referendum, on a “joint ticket” with Stephen Crabb. (He would have been chancellor to Mr Crabb’s prime minister.)

He also ran in the 2019 leadership election but was eliminated in the fourth round before Mr Johnson went on to become prime minister.

Mr Javid was appointed home secretary in April 2018, following the resignation of Amber Rudd during the fallout from the Windrush scandal.

At the time, Mr Javid told the Sunday Telegraph the scandal “immediately impacted him”. 

Mr Javid, who was the first home secretary from an ethnic minority, told the newspaper: “When I heard about the Windrush issue, I thought that could be my mum, it could be my dad, it could be my uncle, it could be me.”

In 2019 he took a hardline stance towards Shamima Begum, who left London to join the Islamic State group aged 15, revoking her British citizenship when she asked to return. 

The move boosted his popularity amongst some Tories but provoked criticism from others – particularly after her newborn son died in a Syrian refugee camp. 

PAMr Javid talking to Tata Steel workers in 2016

In his cabinet roles he had avoided major calamity, although he faced questions as business secretary over Tata steel, and as communities secretary over the government response to the Grenfell disaster

However, he had not been afraid to ruffle feathers, with uncompromising messages to some in the business community and local government. 

Following his resignation as chancellor, Mr Javid returned to life as a backbench MP, but also took up a job with US bank JP Morgan.

#health, #london, #press-release, #sajid-javid

(GRT MANCHESTER) GM Police Report: A total of 13 raids have been carried out in two weeks by officers in the City of Manchester division as part of an operation to crackdown on sophisticated cannabis farms #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.28: The operation, codenamed ‘Operation Download’, was launched at the start of the month after a number of violent disputes believed to be involving criminal groups and cannabis farms in recent months.

#AceDailyNews reports Operation Download: During the #pandemic growth of cannabis farms has grown with organised crime and money laundering as GMP Officers continue crackdown in North Manchester with 13-recent-raids

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Yesterday (24 June 2021), three further warrants were executed in the Strangeways and Moston areas of the city. Last week, on 15 June 2021, the team of officers recovered over 170 plants on Eadington Street in Crumpsall and over 70kilos were found at other addresses on Haversham Road and Huntley Road.

Today’s action follows a number of warrants already executed by the team in the Crumpsall, Blackley, Prestwich and Moston. A total of nine suspected cannabis farms have been dismantled and seized.

Seven men have been charged and one has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police are set to continue with the action in the coming weeks and appeal to any members of the public with concerns or information to contact them.

Detective Inspector Paul Crompton, of GMP’s City of Manchester North division, said: “This targeted action comes after an increase in violent disputes between rival groups that we believe concerns cannabis farms in north Manchester.

“We are aiming to take out as many of these cannabis farms as we possibly can. Part of our crackdown is about us working with Manchester City Council and relevant local partners to develop an understanding of how these groups are managing to use properties in the city to carry out this alleged activity.

“The local community understandably has strong concerns about such activity and this operation is also to reassure them that we are listening and that we are taking robust action.

“Not only is the production of illegal drugs a criminal offence, but the mechanics of producing such substances pose a really dangerous threat to neighbouring addresses and it is vital we continue this work and seize assets.”

Anyone with concerns or information can contact GMP’s City of Manchester CID on 0161 856 3548. Details can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Jun.28: 2021:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: Matt Hancock a man who did more for the country during the #pandemic is hounded out of office for political reasons and making a mistake has been replaced #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.27: Downing Street announced Prime Minister Boris Johnson had chosen Javid, the former chancellor, to succeed Hancock who resigned on Saturday evening.

PARLIAMENT: Sajid Javid Replaces Matt Hancock As Health Secretary as he resigns to protect his family against allegations of a relationship with an aide his letter and video posted here on Saturday after the only person who supported him openly was Boris Johnson.

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Sajid Javid Replaces Matt Hancock As Health Secretary
Politics Hone

Sajid Javid has replaced Matt Hancock as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Hancock quit his role after admitting breaching coronavirus rules during an alleged affair with aide Gina Coladangelo.

The former minister submitted his resignation to Johnson after admitting on Friday he was “very sorry” for breaking his own department’s rules around social distancing.

“The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis,” Hancock said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

“I want to reiterate my apology for breaking the guidance, and apologise to my family and loved ones for putting them through this. I also need to be with my children at this time”.

He added: “We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance”.

Johnson faced intense pressure to sack Hancock after pictures emerged of him kissing friend and aide Gina Coladangelo in his departmental office.

Images leaked to The Sun and published on Friday appeared to be stills from CCTV footage captured in his Whitehall office.

They show the former health secretary in what the paper described as a “steamy clinch” with the aide on 6 May, when indoor mixing was banned.

Javid, the Conservative MP for Bromsgrove, was appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequor by Johnson when he first became Prime Minister in 2019.

However, he dramatically quit in February 2020 after Johnson asked him to fire his advisors in the Treasury and replace them with personnel chosen by Downing Street.

There was also friction between Javid and Dominic Cummings, the then chief advisor to the Prime Minister.

Javid has also served as Home Secretary, business secretary, and communities secretary. He finished fourth in the contest to replace Theresa May as Conservative party leader and Prime Minister in 2019.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.27: 2021:

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(FRANCE) JUST IN: Amateur codebreaker and engineer claims to have solved the remaining ciphers of the Zodiac Killer’s identity but internet denies his proposed solutions #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.27: A French amateur codebreaker claims to have done what police and other investigators could not: Solve the remaining Zodiac Killer ciphers, including one that supposedly reveals the California killers identity – but the internet has rejected his proposed solutions.

Zodiac Killer: French engineer claims to solve final ciphers, but online community rejects solutions and Fayçal Ziraoui took up code-breaking as a hobby during the #COVID19 #pandemic

(Original Caption) San Francisco: San Francisco police circulated this composite of the Bay Area's "Zodiac" killer. At left is a drawing from witnesses to slaying of a cab driver in San Francisco. The amended drawing on the right was based on further questioning of the witnesses. The suspect is also linked with four other slaying in Napa And Vallejo, California.
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Fayçal Ziraoui, 38, a French-Morrocan business consultant, said he spent two weeks on the puzzles, after which he believed he had solved them. He shared his findings with the Reddit sub-thread devoted to the quest of solving the ciphers, according to reports

Moderators of the 50,000-member subreddit removed the post in question because it was “too short” and the puzzle “is not solvable at all without more information from the author.” 

“Basically, any proposed solution to the Z13 amounts to straight up guesswork, with no way to confirm it at all,” an explanation posted to the subreddit said. 

Someone on zodiackillersite.com denounced the solution, citing the length of time as reason enough to doubt Ziraoui, the San Francisco Chronicle reported

Ziraoui took up code-breaking as a hobby during the pandemic and after an article was published in a French magazine in December 2020 that sparked his interest in the killer’s puzzles.

The puzzle has captured the public imagination since the initial killings in California in the late ’60s: The first cipher was solved shortly after police received it in 1969, but some of the later puzzles took years – even decades – to solve, if anyone solved them at all. 

Ziraoui used the same key used to solve a 340-character cipher last yearand applied it to the remaining puzzles. His approach opened up an opportunity for more creative approaches in the following stages. 

He quickly grew obsessed with solving the puzzle. 

“I was obsessed with it, 24 hours a day, that’s all I could think about,” Ziraoui told The New York Times.

He deciphered the longer puzzle of 32 characters, which claimed to hold the location of a bomb in a school set to detonate in 1970, as “LABOR DAY FIND 45.069 NORT 58.719 WEST,” coordinates that use the magnetic field rather than geographic locators.

Ziraoui then applied his work to the final cipher, which he said he solved in an hour. He found the name “KAYR,” which he thought resembled the last name of Lawrence Kaye, a suspect in the case who lived in South Lake Tahoe. 

The coordinates locate a school in South Lake Tahoe, as well. 

Ziraoui found that the typo was common to the killer’s other messages, and he thought the results were too much to be coincidence. 

Other codebreakers remain divided over Ziraoui’s work: David Naccache, a professor at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and a cryptographer, believes that Ziraoui’s solution is sound, while Rémi Géraud, also from the École Normale Supérieure, argued that the Ziraoui made arbitrary choices. 

As Kaye died in 2010, it is impossible to confirm whether Ziraoui’s work is correct until other codebreakers attempt his solution, but five months after posting the solution, Ziraoui retreated from the online community that rejected him.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.27: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) FTC Blessings in NO Time (BINT) Report: Running an illegal ‘Pyramid Scheme’ Investment scheme #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.18: The Federal Trade Commission and the state of Arkansas sued the operators of a “blessing loom” investment program, alleging that it has operated as an illegal pyramid scheme that bilked tens of millions of dollars from thousands of consumers, and targeted African Americans and harmed people struggling financially during the #COVID19 #pandemic

‘FTC and the State of Arkansas Charge Operators of “Blessing Loom” With Running an Illegal Pyramid Scheme’

June 17, 2021:

In their joint complaint, the FTC and Arkansas charged that the operators of Blessings in No Time (“BINT”) have lured people into joining their program by falsely promising investment returns as high as 800 percent. The complaint alleges that some BINT members paid as much as $62,700 to participate. In reality, though, as in other pyramid schemes, the vast majority of participants have lost money, the complaint alleges.

“The COVID-19 pandemic attacked Americans’ health and their wallets,” said Daniel Kaufman, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “These scammers, who specifically targeted Black communities, used false promises of wealth to deceive consumers out of money at a time that Americans could least afford to lose it.”

The complaint seeks to permanently enjoin BINT’s illegal operation and asks the court to award redress for injured consumers. The complaint also seeks to impose civil penalties on the defendants under Arkansas state law.

The complaint names as defendants the operators of BINT, Texas-based BINT Operations LLC, and its two co-founders, LaShonda Moore and her husband Marlon Moore.

The Moores began promoting BINT as early June 2020, according to the complaint. Like most blessing looms, BINT allegedly has coordinated payments (called “blessings”) between members using playing boards with different levels. The complaint alleges that, in one version of the defendants’ scheme, BINT’s playing board had four levels with 15 spots. Members on the second level were tasked with recruiting new participants to join their playing board on the first level. Once a board had been filled with new recruits and those recruits had paid the individual at the center of the playing board, the individual in the middle of the original board would be removed. The board would then be split into two new boards, and all remaining members would move up one level toward the center of the board, where they would then receive payments from new recruits. The complaint alleges that this process would repeat indefinitely, as illustrated below in the FTC’s graphic:

Graphic: The Operation of BINT's Blessing Loom

The Operation of BINT’s Blessing Looms

The operators of BINT have required a minimum of $1,400 to participate in the program, but told members that they could earn greater revenue by contributing more money and recruiting additional members, the complaint states.

The defendants have primarily targeted African American communities through their scheme, according to the complaint. The complaint states that BINT’s website describes BINT as  a new type of investing or fundraising that would permit members achieve financial freedom and to “do everything from pay[ing] for your own surgery to fulfill[ing] a student’s dream of attending college—and so much more.” In promoting BINT, the defendants have also described it as a community-oriented program where members would work together to help each other achieve financial success, according to the complaint. The complaint also alleges the defendants assured participants they would not lose money and could withdraw at any time and receive a full refund.

In reality, the complaint alleges, BINT is structured as a pyramid scheme. The supposed investment returns BINT has promised to participants were merely funds paid by other members. BINT’s pyramid structure requires that it grow perpetually and exponentially because, for every member who received the promised payout, eight additional members had to pay into the scheme. No matter how many members receive the promised payout, many more members would necessarily lose money, the complaint notes.

Moreover, the defendants tried to hide their illegal activity by telling participants not to use certain payment apps or payment processors. The complaint also alleges that the defendants have illegally prohibited participants from posting truthful, non-defamatory reviews and other information about BINT on social media or the Internet.

The complaint charges that the defendants’ deceptive practices violated the FTC Act, the Consumer Review Fairness Act, and Arkansas state consumer protection laws.

The Commission vote approving the complaint was 4-0. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

NOTE: The Commission files a complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the named defendants are violating or are about to violate the law and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. Stipulated final orders have the force of law when approved and signed by the district court judge.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Jun.18: 2021:

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(LONDON) OFCOM Report: UK adults spent an average of three hours and 47 minutes online every day during the #pandemic, an annual survey of media habits by the regulator has found #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.10: That was over an hour longer than adults in Germany and France: In addition, online shopping sales in the UK rose by 48% to £113bn, with food and drink sales rising the most.

#CoronavirusNewDesk #Pandemic accelerated UK’s shift online, says Ofcom said the Online Nation 2021 report revealed how the pandemic had accelerated a shift to online.

Mother multi-tasking with infant daughter in home office
Ofcom Report:

In a year when many had to find what entertainment they could at home, gaming saw a big increase with half who played telling Ofcom it helped them get through lockdown.

Sixty-two per cent of adults, and 92% of 16 to 24 year-olds, said they played computer games.

Communication at work and at play also changed as workplaces closed and travel was restricted. 

“Zoom had extraordinary growth – from a few hundred thousand users in the first two months of 2020 to more than 13 million in April and May,” the report said.

TikTok growth

The report found many people were glued to their phones. Mobile apps cost British people nearly £2.45bn with most going on Tinder, Disney+, YouTube and Netflix.

TikTok grew rapidly, Ofcom said, from three million adult visitors in September 2019 to 14 million by March this year. 

Young adults aged 18-24 more than doubled the time they spent on the short-form video app each day, from 17 minutes to 38 minutes in September 2020.

And, as the High Street was forced to close, online sales rose by almost half.

Misinformation

Half of adults said that news and information was a big reason they went online – but they often encountered misinformation. 

Some 46% of UK adults who looked for information about the pandemic said they had found misleading or untrue information.

Among the most commonly shared falsehoods in the first quarter of 2021 were that face masks offered no protection or caused harm, and that the number of deaths linked to coronavirus was much lower than reported.

The report found that “adults are as likely to use social media to find information about the Covid-19 pandemic as they are to use news sites and apps” with Facebook the main source. However, only 16% who used Facebook for information about Covid-19 said they trusted it as a source.

Getty Images: Tik-Tok popular in many countries of the world – also took off in the UK

Pornhub

Around one in eight online adults and more than one in five of those aged 15-34 said they used an online dating service before the first lockdown. 

But the money lost to romance scams increased 12% to reach £18.5m.

Nearly half (49%) of UK adults visited an adult website or app in September 2020. 

Ofcom found the largest site, Pornhub, was visited by around half of all UK online men, but just over one in six of online women.

In December, the site removed millions of user-generated videos from view after the New York Times alleged it was “infested” with illegal material, allegations its parent company Mindgeek denied.

Digital divide

The report notes that while many benefited from access to the net, it meant that in Ofcom’s words “lockdown had a greater effect on people who are digitally excluded”.

It noted nearly one in five over-64s and roughly one in 10 in lower socio-economic households did not have internet access, turning a digital divide into a social one.

The digital divide also extended to schoolchildren. It found that nearly all children had access to the internet, but 4% had access only by mobile phone. One in five children lacked a device that would be suitable for doing school work on.

While children spent more time online, the report found nearly half reported “negative experiences” . On mobile phones, 30% of these negative experiences were being contacted online by someone they didn’t know who wanted to be their “friend”.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jun.10: 2021:

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(VIENNA) Nuclear Deal Report: President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran would move on with the talks until a final agreement is reached #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.24: Rouhani was speaking in the economic coordination headquarters, where the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade gave a report on auto industry situation that showed a growth in the industry despite all the pressure from economic war by the US and the #coronavirus #pandemic impact.

Iran continues Vienna talks until final agreement: President
Rouhani Speech Report

Tehran, May 23, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran would move on with the talks in Vienna until a final agreement is reached, noting that US maximum pressure proved to be ineffective given Iran’s production growth in different industrial sectors.

May: 23, 2021

Emphasizing the triumph of the Iranian nation in the economic war, the President said that figures suggesting production growth in different industrial sectors present the best proof that the US maximum pressure policy has been ineffective.

This has caused Americans, according to Rouhani, to admit the failure of the policy and explicitly declare their readiness to lift sanctions in the ongoing talks in Vienna.

Iran will continue the talks until a final agreement, the President asserted.

He further said that the auto industry that has managed to resist and increase its production in the harshest situation can experience better environment if sanctions are removed, adding that the administration support the industry and improve its competitive capacity.

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#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.24: 2021:

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(LONDON) Kingston Crown Court Report: Organised Crime Group who planned to impersonate ‘key-workers’ to carry out ‘Class A Drug Dealers’ during the #coronavirus lockdown sentenced to 33yrs and 6-months in prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.21: Andrew Doyle, aged 35, from North End Road, Hammersmith, had a previous conviction for drugs and was identified along with three others, through messages on the platform.

Operation Venetic: Drug dealers planned to dress up like key workers to dodge lockdown restrictions: Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP), a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service unit, launched an investigation last year after their activities came to light through Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted messaging platform EncroChat’

Using the alias ‘Neighbourhoodhero’, Doyle was linked to messages that showed he played a leading role in buying and selling cocaine across London.

Messages in April last year showed Doyle discussing the increased risk of being stopped by police whilst lockdown restrictions were in place. 

In one message, he asks another Encro user, “Mate, do you have a high vis and stuff for the Van? And like builder clothes? We need to look official in times like this.”

Doyle was speaking with associate Derrick Canning, 50, from Linkfield Road in Isleworth, whose role was to transport the drugs.

In other messages, Doyle mentions that he has a friend working for the NHS who has an NHS pass if he is stopped and “driving through London, old bill are everywhere…pulling people.”

Catherine Roche pic of cash in kitchen from Encro phone 3

Regular messages were also exchanged with mother and son duo, Catherine and Joe Roche, from Fulham. 

Using the handle ‘Diamondsareforever’ Catherine Roche, 63, mainly handled the cash side of the operation and was aided by her 29 year-old son Joe, AKA ‘Cremebrulee’ in cutting and transporting it.

Joe Roche swapped messages regularly with Doyle and joked about clapping for dealers during the height of the first lockdown.

Doyle, and his counterparts were all arrested at their homes in June last year, where nearly 50,000 MDMA pills, cash, a cash counting machine, encrypted phones and Rolex watches were seized.

Today, all four appeared at Kingston Crown Court were they were sentenced to a combined 33 and a half years in prison, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Matt McMillan, OCP Manager, said: “We believe this group distributed huge amounts of drugs across parts of London and the Home Counties: “ Evidence showed that they plotted to continue their operation during the first and strictest UK lockdown. A risk that didn’t pay off in the end: “ The trade in class A drugs fuels violence and exploitation and today’s sentences are yet another example of the NCA and Met Police working together to protect the public from this threat.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.21: 2021:

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(NEW DELHI, India.) Election Report: PM Narendra Modi’s party has failed to win a key state in elections held amid record #COVID19 deaths and cases #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May,04: Her win came as a surprise to political observers, who noted how much time and money the BJP invested in the state: Mr Modi was even accused of focusing on polls rather than the #pandemic:

WEST BENGAL: India Elections: Modi party defeated in West Bengal battleground: The BJP targeted West Bengal heavily during campaigning but the state was comfortably held by the incumbent, Mamata Banerjee, a fierce Modi critic the daughter of Bengal’ taking on India’s PM

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TMC supporters celebrate their party's win in West Bengal
TMC supporters have been celebrating after being returned to power in West Bengal

Despite the defeat, the BJP won nearly 80 seats to become the main opposition party. In the 2016 vote, Narendra Modi’s party won just three seats there.

Elections also went ahead in Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala states as well as the territory of Pondicherry (Puducherry).

The BJP held power in the north-eastern state of Assam but failed to make major gains elsewhere. 

For 10 straight days, daily cases in India have topped 300,000. It recorded more than 360,000 new cases and 3,417 deaths on Monday. On Sunday, the country set a new record for daily deaths, with 3,689 recorded. Hospitals are facing dire shortages of beds and medical oxygen, with many Indians resorting to desperate pleas on social media to secure help.

Campaign rallies and voting have been blamed for the surge in cases. 

Mr Modi and his home minister made dozens of speeches in West Bengal and were accused of focusing on the polls rather than the pandemic. 

What happened in West Bengal? 

With almost all the results counted, the Trinamool Congress party (TMC) led by the state’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has won more than 200 seats in the 294-seat assembly.

The results are set to make Ms Banerjee the leader of West Bengal for a third time. She is also India’s only female chief minister.

Celebrating the win, she said West Bengal had “saved” India with the result and tackling Covid-19 would be her first priority.

Getty ImagesMamata Banerjee has been a fierce critic of Prime Minister Modi

Victory was soured by the loss of her seat in Nandigram to a former aide turned defector to the BJP. She has said she will challenge the result in court but may have to run again to remain chief minister. 

West Bengal, home to 90 million people and the city of Kolkata, is of particular interest to election watchers. It is one of the few states that have never been governed by Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP.

Although assembly elections were held in five Indian states, the real battle was over West Bengal. 

The BJP had pulled out all the stops for electioneering, with PM Narendra Modi leading its campaign from the front.

To enhance his appeal further to the Bengali voter, he had grown his beard long, with his supporters drawing comparisons with the state’s much loved icon – Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore. 

But in the end, it all came to nothing.

At a time when a deadly second wave of coronavirus swept India and led thousands of Indians across the country to beg for hospital beds and oxygen cylinders, Mr Modi’s frequent visits to the state to address huge rallies were called out as a major failure of his prime ministerial duties.

So Mamata Banerjee fought back anti-incumbency, the BJP’s mammoth election machinery, last-minute desertions from within her own party, and a largely unfriendly media to return for a third term.

Congratulating Ms Banerjee in a tweet, Mr Modi also noted: “From a negligible presence earlier [in West Bengal], BJP’s presence has significantly increased.”

Leader of the opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi congratulated Ms Banerjee for “soundly defeating the BJP” even though his party lost a significant number of seats in the state.

He was among a number of regional opposition leaders to revel in Ms Banerjee’s win.

Social media was flooded with memes and posts about the success of “Didi” – a nickname for Ms Banerjee, meaning older sister.

Voting in the state was held in eight phases over a month. The Election Commission is facing a great deal of criticism for refusing to reduce the number of phases and make campaigning virtual. Critics have accused the commission of being controlled by the BJP.

A number of congratulatory tweets noted that the TMC had won “despite” the commission. 

As well as the north-eastern states of West Bengal and Assam, there was voting in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the South Indian union territory of Pondicherry, and local council elections in some parts of Uttar Pradesh in the north and Telangana in the south.

In Tamil Nadu, the main regional opposition party, the DMK, took power. A left-wing coalition retained power in Kerala, while a BJP-led alliance won no seats there.

On top of the coronavirus pandemic, some analysts saw the results as showing the limits of the BJP’s rhetoric in states with sizeable Muslim populations. 

What are India’s latest Covid figures? 

India has recorded more than 19 million cases of coronavirus – second only to the US. It has also confirmed more than 218,000 deaths, though the real toll is thought to be far higher. 

Experts have cited low testing rates and the number of people dying at home, especially in rural areas, as contributing factors to under-reported figures.

The country’s previous highest daily death toll, also reported this week, was 3,645. 

The head of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India, which manufactures the AstraZeneca vaccine, has blamed India’s government for the shortage of Covid jabs. 

Adar Poonawalla told the Financial Times that initially Narendra Modi’s government only ordered 21 million doses, and a larger order was not placed until March, when the second wave of the pandemic had already hit India. The country has a population of 1.3 billion people.

In a separate statement, Mr Poonawalla said the Serum Institute of India has now received a total order of more than 260 million doses.

Brazil and the US have both registered daily tolls of more than 4,000 during the course of the pandemic.

In India, distressing images of families begging for hospital beds and life-saving supplies have been emerging for more than 10 days, while morgues and crematoriums remain overwhelmed.The BBC’s Yogita Limaye reports from a hospital in Delhi, which is running low on beds and oxygen

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(LONDON) Prince Philips Funeral Report: On Saturday his cortège will proceed to St. George’s Chapel with his coffin carried on a modified land rover he designed himself as the world will honour a man who gave his life to the service of others and to his Queen for 73 yrs of his life #AceNewsDesk says RIP 🙏’s for the family Amen

#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: On the day of the funeral, the Land Rover Defender will be used to carry his coffin to St George’s Chapel:

Land Rover hearse designed by Prince Philip unveiled: ‘The duke, who died at the age of 99 last week, worked on creating the bespoke hearse for 16 years, starting in 2003’ The Land Rover hearse was among the details of the ceremonial royal funeral released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place in the chapel at Windsor Castle at 15:00 BST on Saturday.

Images of a modified Land Rover designed by the Duke of Edinburgh to carry his coffin have been revealed: His modifications include the open top rear section, where his coffin will rest, and the military green colour.

How to follow the funeral on the BBC TV and radio details below:

The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: BBC One, Saturday 17 April, 12:30-16:20 and 20:10-21:10: The funeral will also be broadcast on Saturday 17 April from 14:00-16:10 on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service English, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster: It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC local radio with some variation in start times.

Codenamed Operation Forth Bridge – for the aftermath of Philip’s death have had to change due to the #coronavirus #pandemic, with the ban on mass gatherings and England in national lockdown, means the exact plans 

Prince Philip dead:Duke of Edinburgh won’t have state funeral as he didn’t want ‘the fuss’ this is expected to have a royal ceremonial funeral in a socially-distanced service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The duke’s four children – the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – as well as grandsons the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex, will follow the vehicle in a procession.

The Duke of Edinburgh began creating his own hearse in collaboration with Land Rover in 2003, the year he turned 82.

The duke, who served in the Royal Navy in World War Two, requested that the original Belize Green bodywork be switched to Dark Bronze Green, a colour used for many military Land Rovers.

He also designed the open top rear section where his coffin will rest, made to his exact specifications, including the rubber grips on silver metal pins known as the “stops” or “stoppers” which prevent the coffin from moving.

The vehicle also has matching green wheel hubs, a black front grille, a single cab and no registration plates.

The Defender was made at Land Rover’s factory in Solihull and the duke oversaw the modifications for several years, making the final adjustments in 2019, the year he turned 98.

Reuters: Defender was made at Land Rover’s factory in Solihull in 2003

The vehicle’s original role would have been to transport the duke from Wellington Arch in central London to Windsor, 22 miles away, but the coronavirus pandemic curtailed those long-held plans.

The duke used Land Rovers throughout his adult life and granted his Royal Warrant to Land Rover more than 40 years ago.

Tim GrahamPrince Philip was regularly pictured driving his Land Rovers

WPA PoolFormer US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have been among Prince Philip’s passengers

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April. His body is now resting in the castle’s private chapel.

According to Buckingham Palace, the ceremonial parts of the funeral are in line with the duke’s wishes.

Coronavirus restrictions in England mean only 30 people, socially distanced, are allowed to attend funerals.

The mourners will be members of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s families, including three of his German relatives. The procession and service will be televised.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered: BBC One, Friday 16 April, 19:00-20:05

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.16: 2021:

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(ARGENTINA) #Coronavirus Millionaires Tax Report: Lawmakers vote 42 – 26 in favour to pay for #COVID19 costs and to raise $3.6-billion of the #pandemic to the economy #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.07: Argentina has approved an extraordinary levy on large personal wealth. The measure is meant to raise some $3.6 billion to fund recovery after the #Covid19 #pandemic. Critics say it’s not an option for the stagnant economy:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Argentina approves ‘ Millionaires Tax’ by a levy on large personal wealth of the rich to pay for cost of #COVID19 as Global food prices hit six-year high as Covid-19 pandemic turns into major driver of food inequality

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The so-called “millionaires’ tax” was approved in the Senate late on Friday in a 42 to 26 vote. The measure targets Argentinian citizens with declared personal wealth of over 200 million pesos ($2.5 million). It will apply a progressive tax rate of at least 2 percent on their total fortunes, including assets they may hold outside the country.

The tax was earlier passed by the lower chamber of the Argentine parliament, with 133 votes for it and 115 against.

Proponents say almost 12,000 people qualify to pay the levy, with the 380 richest taxpayers expected to cover over half of the total sum.

The government hopes to raise as much as $3.6 billion, which is to be spent on medical supplies, support of small and medium-sized businesses, social projects, student scholarships and exploration of natural gas

The tax was floated by the leftist government of Alberto Fernandez and his Frente de Todos (Everybody’s Front) coalition and was described as an opportunity for rich individuals to show “solidarity and extraordinary contribution” to the nation. The spending will boost the ailing national economy, they argued.

Argentina went into recession in 2018, which was a major factor in why Fernandez last year managed to unseat his predecessor, Mauricio Macri, in a general election. The Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused almost 40,000 deaths in Argentina, further aggravated its economic woes.

Critics from Macri’s Juntos por el Cambio (Together for Change) coalition said the move was “anti-investment, confiscatory and discriminatory”, and voiced concern that instead of being a one-time measure it would persist in some form.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: 07: 2021:

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(NORTH YORKSHIRE, U.K) NHS Staff Abuse Report: Hospital bosses in York are looking at what they can do to improve staff safety both at work after staff are being abused by patients #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Apr.04: Figures show that 23.5% experienced harassment, bullying or abuse during the #Covid19 #pandemic: The report added that 3.5% of staff also reported abuse from colleagues:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk ‘Nearly a quarter of hospital staff in North Yorkshire have been abused by patients in the past 12 months, according to David Watson, from the York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told a meeting that safety had become a priority in the wake of the Sarah Everard case, the Local Democracy Reporting Services said’

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Hospital bosses in York said they were looking at what they can do to improve staff safety both at work and on journeys to and from hospital sites.

“I think it’s an important issue for our staff,” he said.

“We are looking at what we can do to enhance the safety of our staff, both at work and where we have some control on their commute – lighting of pavements between a car park and hospital premises, if there are cycle racks we will look at what can be done to make those safer.”

Nearly a third of employee sickness at the trust is down to mental health, the meeting also heard.

The reports said there had been a “very slight decrease in the number of absences due to mental health in January”, but added: “Although with a recorded absence rate of 28.8 per cent, mental health continues to dominate the primary reason for absences across the trust. 

“The trust continues its programme of interventions to support staff mental health and wellbeing.”

#AceHealthDesk report ………..Published: Apr.05: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) Press Release Statement Report:The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned of a stark divergence in economic growth prospects for advanced economies versus low-income and developing countries #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.01: FACT SHEET: How An Allocation of International Monetary Fund Special Drawing Rights Will Support Low-Income Countries, the Global Economy, and the United States

Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2021: Contact: Alexandra LaManna; Press@Treasury.gov

#CoronavirusNewsDesk#COVID19 #pandemic has taken an extraordinary toll on the global economy and has strained financial liquidity. Global growth contracted 3.5% in 2020—the worst peace-time recession since the Great Depression—and will likely inflict long-term scars on the global economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned of a stark divergence in economic growth prospects for advanced economies versus low-income and developing countries. Overall, the IMF projects that 150 economies will have per-capita incomes below their 2019 levels in 2021.

An allocation of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) would help build reserve buffers, smooth adjustments, and mitigate the risks of economic stagnation in global growth. Importantly, it could also enhance liquidity for low-income and developing countries to facilitate their much-needed health recovery efforts.

Containing the pandemic across the globe is paramount to a robust economic recovery. To this end, Treasury is working with IMF management and other members toward a $650 billion general allocation of SDRs to IMF member countries. Addressing the long-term global need for reserve assets would help support the global recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. A strong global recovery would also increase demand for U.S. exports of goods and services—creating U.S. jobs and supporting U.S. firms.

An SDR allocation is not a catch-all solution.  It is part of a package of broader international efforts to support the global recovery.  This package also includes robust support from the IMF, multilateral development banks, and debt relief in some cases—all alongside countries taking necessary reform steps.  Bilateral assistance and debt relief under the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative and Common Framework, as well as financial support to the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility, all remain integral to help prevent long-term scarring from the pandemic and worsening global wealth divergence. 

As part of our support for an SDR allocation, Treasury is working with the IMF and other member countries to maximize the benefits and limit the possible downsides of an allocation by enhancing transparency, accountability, and equitable burden sharing.

Below are some common questions about the nature and uses of SDRs and the mechanics of an SDR allocation.  For more information on SDRs please see the IMF’s Factsheet available here.  

Question:  Is the Administration trying to bypass Congress in approving an SDR allocation?  

Answer:  As required by U.S. law, the Administration is consulting Congress on our proposed support for an SDR allocation.  Under the Special Drawing Rights Act, Congress has authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to support an SDR allocation without additional legislation where the amount allocated to the United States does not exceed the current U.S. quota in the IMF in the applicable five-year basic period.  The proposed SDR allocation is below this level.  Based on current global liquidity conditions, Treasury does not support an additional SDR allocation beyond the proposed $650 billion at this time.  Treasury would only consider an additional SDR allocation beyond the proposed $650 billion at some point in the future if circumstances justify it at that time.  

Question:  Does an SDR allocation impose a large financial burden on the United States?

Answer:  An allocation itself imposes no direct cost on the United States.  Based on a $650 billion allocation, the United States will receive about $113 billion in SDRs.  The idea that an SDR allocation imposes a financial burden arises from potential exchanges of SDRs for U.S. dollars.  If countries wish to sell their SDRs to the United States in exchange for dollars, Treasury would exchange SDRs for dollars held in the Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF).  The U.S. cash position would decline, and federal borrowing requirements would increase.  However, the United States would also earn interest on the SDRs we purchased, largely (and perhaps entirely) offsetting any increase in Treasury’s borrowing costs.  This is the case with our existing SDR resources, and the same process would occur with a new allocation.  The differential between the SDR interest rate and the interest rate on Treasuries varies over time, so at times there is a small cost and at other times a small benefit to Treasury.[1]  This potential implicit cost is much lower than the benefits of a strong global recovery. 

Question:  Will the United States be required to exchange dollars for SDRs with any IMF member on demand?

Answer:  Treasury has agreed to voluntarily purchase SDRs up to a certain level from other IMF members to promote an orderly system of exchange rates and to help provide liquidity support to our global partners.  The United States retains the right to refuse to purchase SDRs from any country whose policies run counter to U.S. interests.  Many large countries, such as most advanced economies and China, already hold excess SDRs and are very unlikely to request to exchange their new SDRs for hard currency.   

Even if there is strong demand for dollars after the potential allocation, the United States is not alone in voluntarily agreeing to purchase SDRs.  The IMF spreads the transactions across 32 members who have similar voluntary arrangements.  We are working with the IMF to further ensure our potential transactions are proportional to others’ commitments. 

Question:  Is there a need for an SDR allocation to support global reserves?

Answer:  In 2016, the IMF estimated the global reserves gap to be $430 billion to $1.4 trillion.  This shortfall of international reserves is likely larger now.  In addition, many low-income and developing countries remain constrained in their ability to issue debt in international markets, either to replenish reserves or to finance fiscal spending.  Providing reserves will help prevent countries from engaging in FX purchases that could weaken their currencies and lead to a further buildup of the U.S. trade and current account deficits.  

Question:  Is there a need for an SDR allocation given the global economy is recovering?

Answer:  After contracting 3.5% in 2020, the IMF projects a partial recovery in economic growth in 2021 of 5.5%.  Yet, this recovery faces significant downside risks, is uneven, and will leave global output below the pre-crisis level over the medium term.  Moreover, the global recession has strained central bank foreign exchange reserves in many countries.  The proposed SDR allocation will help buffer reserves, supporting governments’ efforts to address the health and economic crises.  Importantly, an SDR allocation will increase confidence and liquidity needed to promote a global recovery that benefits the American worker and U.S. economic growth.

Low-income and developing countries have been particularly hard hit in this crisis, and we face a critical window to prevent a permanent global divergence between rich and poor countries.  The pandemic is expected to reverse the progress made in poverty reduction across the past two decades with close to 90 million people expected to fall below the extreme poverty threshold during 2020-21.  Low-income countries have seen their real annual GDP growth decline by about 5% in 2020.  The IMF estimates that low-income countries will need to deploy around $200 billion over the next five years just to fight the pandemic and an additional $250 billion to return to the path of catching up with advanced economies.  The IMF forecasts the medium-term output losses for low-income countries will be about 6%, compared to 1% for advance economies.  The proposed SDR allocation, by providing liquidity and potential fiscal space, could help low-income and developing countries finance vaccines and other COVID-19 related spending.  

For more information see the IMF’s blog post on the pandemic’s legacy here.

Question:  Is an SDR allocation a cash giveaway?

Answer:  SDRs are neither money nor currency, but an international reserve asset.  SDRs are allocated by the IMF and only to IMF members and a limited number of international institutions.  SDRs cannot be exchanged by private entities, and all transactions involving SDRs must go through the IMF’s SDR Department.  To use SDRs, a country must find an IMF member willing to provide a usable currency (generally, dollars, euros, or yen) in exchange for SDRs.  The transaction is thus an exchange of assets.  The country pays an interest rate to the IMF if their SDR holdings are below its allocation.  

Question:  Does an SDR allocation only benefit rich countries, as opposed to the countries that need it?

Answer:  A $650 billion SDR allocation would provide about $21 billion worth of SDRs in liquidity support to low-income countries and about $212 billion to other emerging market and developing countries (excluding China), complementing existing multilateral efforts to assist countries in need.  By comparison, the G20/Paris Club Debt Service Suspension Initiative has delivered about $5 billion in liquidity relief to more than 40 eligible countries as of March 2021.  The IMF’s concessional lending provided about $13 billion in emergency financing in 2020.  

We are working with our international partners to pursue ways for advanced economies to lend a portion of their SDR allocation to support low-income countries.  For instance, during the current crisis, several countries have used part of their existing SDR holdings to expand the IMF’s concessional financing through loans to the IMF’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust’s (PRGT).  Total new PRGT loan resources mobilized since the start of the crisis amount to about $24 billion, of which about $15 billion is from existing SDRs.

Question:  Is there transparency and accountability in how SDRs are used?

Answer:  The IMF already reports the SDR holdings of each of its members on a monthly basis.  As part of our support for a new SDR allocation, Treasury is working with our international partners and the IMF on a number of initiatives to improve the transparency of SDR transactions and the effectiveness of how countries use SDRs.  For example, the IMF could expand quarterly country-level data on SDR transactions, breaking out the transactions that occurred each quarter by major categories (e.g., IMF operations and exchanges with other SDR holders).  Moreover, we are encouraging the IMF to publish an ex-ante guidance note on how countries could use and account for SDRs, consistent with macroeconomic and debt sustainability and good governance.  We are also urging the IMF to conduct an ex-post review of the results two years after the allocation to describe the various uses.  We are working closely with the IMF and other members to advance these initiatives.  

Question:  Is an SDR allocation a lifeline for dictators?

Answer:  The United States retains the right to refuse to purchase SDRs from any countries that we choose, including those under U.S. sanction regimes, and we are working to coordinate with other countries to do the same.  Because all IMF members receive an SDR allocation proportionate to their quota share, some countries whose policies the United States opposes will receive an SDR allocation.  However, these countries will not necessarily be able to exchange their SDRs for hard currencies.  First, the country’s authorities must be recognized by the IMF membership.  Then, the country would need to find a willing country to provide them with hard currency in exchange for their SDRs.  We are working to increase transparency around SDR exchanges.  

Question:  Will an SDR allocation put at risk the dollar’s reserve currency status?

Answer:  The dollar currently makes up 57% of global reserves, while SDRs only make up 2%.  After the proposed allocation, SDRs as a share of global reserves would only grow to around 7%, while dollars would comprise about 54%, more than three times the next most significant currency.  Additionally, restrictions on who can hold and transact SDRs and the IMF’s role in clearing all SDR transactions significantly limits the ability of the SDR to function as a replacement for the dollars’ reserve currency status.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.01: 2021:

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