Global infections: 103,432,804
Change Over Yesterday: 428,571
Global deaths: 2,238,785
Nations with most cases: US (26,321,163), India (10,766,245), Brazil (9,229,322), United Kingdom (3,846,851), Russia (3,825,739).
A movie festival for one, on a tiny Nordic island
It's been a tough time for film festivals across the world, as almost all of them were deferred and a bare minimum went digital. Some, like Venice’s in September, have faced the pandemic as diminished versions of their normally glitzy selves, with alternately seated theaters and mandatory temperature checks. Others, like Sundance and the Berlinale, now pushed until March 2021, have gone entirely digital, offering streaming access to films and other events. But the Sweden's Goteborg Film Festival has taken social distancing norms to another level. It will hold screenings in two urban venues for just one festival attendee. And it has also sent a single viewer to a tiny, barren island in the North Atlantic to watch the 70 films in competition — alone. Read here
Germany considers Russian and Chinese vaccines to boost inoculation
Although Germany has given more second doses to its population, when compared with UK, the vaccination drive is sluggish so far. Germany has vaccinated just over 2 million people compared to that 10 million in the Britain. In this context, the German health minister has said the country must deploy any vaccine if it is safe and effective regardless of which country is manufacturing it. "Germany should use the Russian and Chinese coronavirus
vaccines if they win EU approval," he said, adding that it will boost the inoculation drive. Read here
BP profit drops 96% as pandemic hits energy demand
Energy giant BP reported a 96 per cent dip in net profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 as the pandemic-dented oil demand endured through 2020. In the final quarter of a “challenging” year for BP, it reported a modest underlying profit of $115 million, well below analyst forecasts of a $360 million profit. This quarterly profit compares with $2.6 billion in the same period the year before. The fourth quarter capped a brutal year for the industry with government-imposed lockdowns and travel bans to contain the pandemic dramatically hitting earnings. Read here
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