1. Over 100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Russia...7,000 new employees a day
The cumulative number of confirmed cases exceeded 100,000 on the 30th (local time) amid the massive spread of new coronavirus infections in Russia.
The number of newly confirmed patients who stayed in the 5,000-thousand-thousand-thousand-thousand-thousand-thousand-day range for the first time has reached the 7,000 mark.
The Russian government's new anti-coronavirus infection (COVID-19) inflow and spread prevention headquarters said on the same day, "There have been 7,99 additional confirmed cases in 85 regions, including Moscow over the past day," adding, "The cumulative number of confirmed cases has increased to 106,498 (7.1 percent increase)."
Accumulated infections rose to 53,739, with 3,93 additional confirmed cases in the capital Moscow alone.
In addition, 793 new confirmed cases were reported in Moscow, outside Moscow, 336 in the second city of St. Petersburg and 158 in the Dagestan Republic in the southern Caucasus region.
COVID-19 deaths across the country rose to 1,173 with 101 added over the day.
The government's task force said 11,619 of those confirmed have been completely cured so far, with the total number of checkups rising to 3.49 million. Daily checkups amounted to 190,000.
2. IT dinosaurs, good performance in COVID-19...MS, Facebook, Q1 Sales Increase
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on the 29th (local time) that Microsoft (MS) and Facebook made improvements in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year despite the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) crisis.
Microsoft, the largest market cap company in the U.S. stock market, announced on the same day that its sales in the first quarter (the third quarter by MS itself) rose 15 percent from the same period last year to $35 billion (about 42.4 trillion won).
Net earnings per share rose to $1.40 in the first quarter of this year from $1.14 in the first quarter of last year.
This is more than the monthly consensus of $33.76 billion and a net profit of $1.28 per share compiled by financial information company FactSet.
Its biggest source of revenue growth was its cloud business, Azure, which rose 59 percent.
WSJ pointed out that cloud computing, which had already been the driving force behind profits even before the COVID-19 Pandemic, has become more important to many Microsoft customers.
This is because the spread of COVID-19 has increased the number of companies that worked from home, and online activities have surged as people stayed at home.