04 May 2020 Security News
Other Security News
- Briefing on Jewish American Heritage Month and U.S. Efforts To Respond to and Combat Anti-Semitic Attacks Globally US Dept. of State 04 May 2020
- The Ten Million Dollar Hezbollah Sheikh, 'Wanted' Radio Farda 04 May 2020 -- Last month the United States offered a prize for providing "any information on the activities, networks and colleagues" of a senior Lebanese Hezbollah official, thought to have replaced Qassem Soleimani as an operative in the region.
- Germany 'Succumbed to US Will' By Banning Hezbollah - Movement Leader Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- Last Thursday, the German Interior Ministry announced that Hezbollah had been designated a terror organisation and its activities effectively banned in the country.
- Nasrallah: Germany bowing to US will in blacklisting Hezbollah as terrorist org. Press TV 04 May 2020 -- The secretary general of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement has roundly denounced Germany's banning of his group and its designation as a terrorist organization, saying the move was taken under pressure from Israel and the United States.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report - 105 WHO 04 May 2020
- WHO Emergencies Press Conference on coronavirus disease outbreak - 04 May 2020 WHO 04 May 2020
- WHO Says It Received No Data from US Proving Artificial Origin of COVID-19 Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- The international health watchdog has also called for a 'scientific-based' rather than a political inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus.
- None of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID-19 pandemic UN News 04 May 2020 -- The "most massive public health effort in history" is needed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Monday, addressing a European Union pledging conference in Brussels.
- Global Leaders Pledge Millions to Virtual Summit on COVID VOA 04 May 2020 -- An alliance of world leaders held a virtual summit Monday with the goal of raising billions of dollars to fund research into a vaccine for the coronavirus as well as develop new treatments and better testing.
- UN health agency hails 7.4 billion Euro pledge for COVID-19 treatments UN News 04 May 2020 -- World leaders on Monday pledged 7.4 billion Euros to support research and development for medicines to fight COVID-19 which the top UN health official has hailed as "a powerful and inspiring demonstration of global solidarity".
- US to Study Infection Rate of COVID-19 in Children VOA 04 May 2020 -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) confirmed Monday that a study to help determine the infection rate of COVID-19 in U.S. children and their families has begun enrolling participants.
- Pentagon Accuses Russia, China of 'Exploiting' Coronavirus to Sow Division Between US, Italy Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- Russia and China's efforts to help Italy, one of the countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months, have prompted some observers to rethink the significance of Rome's European and trans-Atlantic alliances. The US is concerned about this, Mark Esper says.
- White House Takes Issue with Government Document Forecasting Doubling of Coronavirus Cases VOA 04 May 2020 -- The White House is downplaying a U.S. government report projecting a near doubling of COVID-19 daily deaths in the United States by June 1.
- Health Agency Projects COVID-19 Cases in US to Soar to 200,000 Per Day By 1 June - Reports Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- The Trump administration is projecting that the rate of US deaths from the coronavirus (COVID -19) will rise by almost one third to 3,000 per day by the beginning of June with 200,000 new cases per day occurring, the New York Times reported on Monday.
- White House Denies Internal Data Predicts Soaring of COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll - Spokesman Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- The White House is playing down the significance of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) document projecting a possible 200,000 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases per day in the United States with up to 3,000 deaths per day by June 1.
- Esper Details Defense Readiness in Face of Pandemic DoD News 04 May 2020 -- Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper discussed the immediate operations against COVID-19 and the second order of effects the pandemic will have on the U.S. military during a Brookings Institution webinar.
- Northeastern U.S. states to jointly buy COVID-19 medical supplies Global Times 04 May 2020 -- Seven Northeastern U.S. states will develop a regional supply chain to purchase essential COVID-19 medical supplies, their respective governors announced on Sunday.
- Briefing With Senior Administration Official and Senior State Department Official On U.S. Global Leadership in the International COVID-19 Response US Dept. of State 04 May 2020
- Briefing With Director of the State Department's Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources James Richardson US Dept. of State 04 May 2020
- Rush Transcript: Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Outlines Additional Guidelines for When Regions Can Re-Open New York State 04 May 2020
- State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts California Department of Public Health 04 May 2020
- Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19 DHS 04 May 2020
- White House coronavirus official calls anti-lockdown protesters' behaviors "devastatingly worrisome" People's Daily 04 May 2020 -- A top White House official tasked with tackling the coronavirus pandemic said Sunday that those who failed to abide by the federal mitigation guidance while protesting against local lockdown measures were engaging in "devastatingly worrisome" behaviors.
- US records deadliest day from coronavirus in 24 hours: WHO Press TV 04 May 2020 -- The United States experienced its deadliest day on record due to the coronavirus on Thursday, according to data published by the World Health Organization.
- Trump: COVID-19 death toll in US could reach 100,000 Press TV 04 May 2020 -- US President Donald Trump says the coronavirus death toll in the United States could reach 100,000, a projection that seems to be a considerable upward shift from his previous estimates.
- Trump says more needs to be done to ease economic hit of coronavirus pandemic Press TV 04 May 2020 -- US President Donald Trump said there had to be more help for Americans suffering from the economic tailspin brought about by the new coronavirus in a possible hint he wants Congress to pass another aid bill.
- Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 04 May 2020
- Kansas National Guard stands up Joint Task Force Army News 04 May 2020 -- Soldiers and Airmen of the Kansas National Guard are supporting the COVID-19 response through the Joint Task Force Ready Guardian at the Armed Force Reserve Center in Topeka.
- NY Guard delivers 4.5 million meals, half-million test kits Army News 04 May 2020 -- Sixty-two days after the first New Yorker was diagnosed with COVID-19, and 55 days after being called to duty to help contain the pandemic, the New York National Guard has 3,629 members on duty.
- Indiana National Guard Soldiers serve their community Army News 04 May 2020 -- Indiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen in northeast Indiana helped conduct a statewide COVID-19 testing study April 24-29.
- Remarks by President Trump in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall The White House 04 May 2020
- China Accuses Pompeo of Lying About Origin of Coronavirus VOA 04 May 2020 -- China accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday of "wantonly spewing poison and spreading lies" about the origin of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
- China Reportedly Concealed 'Severity' of COVID-19 to Stock Medical Supplies Ahead of Pandemic - DHS Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- The US has been criticizing China's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei in December 2019, as slow and inadequate in its early stages, with Donald Trump subsequently stating he's seen evidence suggesting the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan.
- Trump on COVID-19: China 'Made Horrible Mistake', 'Tried to Cover It' Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- President Trump has repeatedly suggested the new coronavirus could have originated in a laboratory in China's Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first registered in December 2019.
- Chinese State Media Calls Out Mike Pompeo's 'Bluffing' Over Coronavirus Origin Claims Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- The Trump administration has claimed it has evidence that the virus SARS-CoV-2 originated in a Wuhan lab where some of the world's most dangerous pathogens are studied. China denies that the virus had been leaked from the lab, and the WHO also believes it wasn't man-made.
- China slams Pompeo's 'insane' remarks about coronavirus lab origin Press TV 04 May 2020 -- Upbraiding Mike Pompeo for his recent remarks, China says what the US secretary of state has said about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic is "insane and evasive."
- Lockdown programs in China prove successful for curbing spread of COVID-19: expert People's Daily 04 May 2020 -- The lockdown programs in Wuhan and other parts of China have proven successful and helpful for other countries for the effective control and prevention of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a world-renowned expert has said.
- China's Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases for 30 consecutive days People's Daily 04 May 2020 -- No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported in central China's Hubei Province Sunday, the provincial health commission said Monday.
- Five questions Washington needs to answer on coronavirus pandemic People's Daily 04 May 2020 -- The United States has confirmed over 1 million COVID-19 cases in just some 100 days after it reported the first case on Jan. 21, making itself the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide.
- Chinese mainland reports 3 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 04 May 2020 -- The Chinese mainland reported three new imported cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Sunday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 1,675, the National Health Commission said Monday.
- 53 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals on Chinese mainland People's Daily 04 May 2020 -- A total of 53 patients of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were discharged from hospitals Sunday on the Chinese mainland, according to the National Health Commission Monday.
- European Governments Face 'Gray Revolt' VOA 04 May 2020 -- Governments across Europe are facing a coronavirus-related revolt from the elderly, who are pushing back on plans that would see their home-confinement prolonged as restrictions on other age groups are slowly relaxed. Seniors say a prolonged "gray lockdown" amounts to age discrimination and will probably cut their lives short anyway, regardless of the coronavirus.
- Italy eases national lockdown, Chinese observers advise caution Global Times 04 May 2020 -- Following other European countries such as Germany and Spain, Italy, used to be epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, started Monday to ease its national lockdown and reopen its economy as the daily deaths continue to drop. The situation has improved since March, enabling developments which Chinese experts said were feasible and signals that European countries appear to be regaining control of the pandemic.
- UK COVID-19 deaths hit 28,446 as another 315 patients die Global Times 04 May 2020 -- Another 315 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain, bringing the total novel coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 28,446, Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said Sunday.
- Germany's Merkel pledges 525 million euros to global coronavirus vaccine hunt SPA 04 May 2020 -- Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Germany would contribute 525 million euros ($573.51 million) to a global fund-raising push to search for vaccines and for a treatment for the novel coronavirus, according to Reuters.
- Dutch confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 199 to 40,770 SPA 04 May 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose by 199 on Monday to 40,770, with 26 new deaths, health authorities said, Reuters reported.
- UK Among Five European States Not Seeing Decline in Covid-19 Cases, Despite Government Claims Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- The United Kingdom has boasted that its lockdown strategy, intended to enforce social distancing measures and slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, was a success. However, this claim has now been contradicted by new reports released by European Union affiliated research groups.
- Germany Will Contribute €525 Mln for Coronavirus Response - Merkel Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that vaccines against the coronavirus disease that the European Union is planning to develop will be globally available.
- Third Russian Doctor Mysteriously Falls From Hospital Window Amid Coronavirus Outbreak RFE/RL 04 May 2020 -- A doctor at an ambulance unit in Russia's western Voronezh region is in serious condition after falling from a hospital window following complaints that he was forced to work even after testing positive for COVID-19, the third such case in the country in recent days.
- Russia Reports Record Daily Rise of New Coronavirus Cases VOA 04 May 2020 -- Russia has seen a record rise in coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, according to government figures reported Sunday.
- Updates on COVID-19 India PIB 04 May 2020
- Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviews preparedness and containment measures taken for the management of COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh through Video Conferencing India PIB 04 May 2020 -- Assures all support of the Centre to the State and advised to focus aggressively on surveillance in non-affected districts also
- Intervention by the Prime Minister at Video Conference of NAM Contact Group in response to COVID-19 India PIB 04 May 2020
- India Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing as Portable Medical-Grade Refrigerator Deployed in Three States Sputnik 04 May 2020 -- India has 733 districts, which have been divided into hotspots. The country of 1.3 billion has so far recorded 42,532 positive COVID-19 cases, of which 29,453 are active, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
- Pakistan's Fight Against Coronavirus Threatens Its Drive To Eradicate Polio RFE/RL 03 May 2020 -- Pakistan's long battle to eradicate the crippling polio virus has been thwarted by militant attacks, radical Islamic clerics, and anti-vaccination propaganda.
- Rouhani: US acts troublesome for Iran in fighting coronavirus IRNA 04 May 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the US' anti-human rights measures have challenged Iran's targeted plan in fighting deadly coronavirus disease.
- Coronavirus kills 74 more in Iran: Official IRNA 04 May 2020 -- Head of Iran's Health Ministry's Public Relations Office Kianoush Jahanpour said on Monday that 79,397 people out of a total of 98,647 infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) have recovered whereas 6,277 have lost their lives.
- Minister: Iran manages COVID-19 amid sanctions climax IRNA 04 May 2020 -- Iran has relatively managed coronavirus outbreak amid sanctions and economic problems climax, Iranian Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said.
- Rouhani: US cutting WHO funding hampers global fight against pandemic Press TV 04 May 2020 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says a recent decision by the administration of US President Donald Trump to stop funding the World Health Organization (WHO) at a time that the world body is fighting a pandemic of new coronavirus hampers global efforts to eradicate the deadly virus.
- Iran to export coronavirus test kits to Germany, Turkey ISNA 04 May 2020 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran will start exporting homegrown diagnostic test kits for the novel coronavirus disease to Germany and Turkey in the coming weeks, Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari has announced.
- Iran to export coronavirus test kits to Germany, Turkey Press TV 04 May 2020 -- The vice president for science and technology says Iran is to export diagnostic kits that it has indigenously produced for identification of the new coronavirus patients to Germany and Turkey.
- Japan's Prime Minister Expected to Extend COVID-19 State of Emergency VOA 04 May 2020 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has extended the country's state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic until the end of May.
- COVID-19 Follow-up Committee Holds 75th Meeting SPA 04 May 2020 -- Under the chairmanship of Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, the COVID-19 Follow-up Committee held its 75th meeting today.
- Taiwan confirms 1 new case of COVID-19; total at 437 CNA 04 May 2020 -- One new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was confirmed in Taiwan on Monday, bringing the total to 437 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- One more person tests positive in Navy Panshi cluster CNA 04 May 2020 -- A new case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) resulting from a cluster infection on board a naval ship was confirmed by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Monday evening, raising the total number infections in Taiwan to 438.
- 367 Navy sailors test negative for COVID-19, released from quarantine CNA 04 May 2020 -- A group of 367 Navy sailors, who were on a flotilla that had a recent outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus, were released from quarantine Monday after testing negative for the virus.
- Taiwan takes part in PACAF teleconference on COVID-19 response CNA 04 May 2020 -- Taiwan was among 19 countries that participated in a video conference on the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which was held last week by the United States Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).
- Australia Urges Citizens to Download COVID-19 Tracing App VOA 04 May 2020 -- More than four million Australians have downloaded the government's CovidSafe tracing App, but officials insist many more need to sign on to make it effective. Australia has had 6,800 COVID-19 cases, 5,800 patients have recovered, and 95 people have died with the virus.
- Australia, New Zealand Consider Lifting Travel Restrictions with Possible 'Travel Bubble' VOA 04 May 2020 -- Leaders from Australia and New Zealand are discussing the possible creation of a travel agreement--- or "travel bubble" between the two nations as they begin to roll back their coronavirus-related restrictions.
- New Zealand Reports No New Coronavirus Cases VOA 04 May 2020 -- New Zealand reported zero new coronavirus cases Monday for the first time since the middle of March.
- How Close Are We to a COVID-19 Vaccine? VOA 04 May 2020 -- In the race for a vaccine to end the global COVID-19 pandemic, eight contenders are at the front of the pack.
- Several Countries in Various Stages of Vaccine Development VOA 04 May 2020 -- In the race for a vaccine to end the global COVID-19 pandemic, eight contenders are at the front of the pack.
- Global COVID-19 cases top 3.5 mln as Mideast, Europe witness continued slowdown People's Daily 04 May 2020 -- Global COVID-19 infections topped 3.5 million on Sunday as Mideast and Europe witnessed a continued slowdown in new cases.
- Global coronavirus cases top 3.5mn; India likely hit by second wave Press TV 04 May 2020 -- At least 3,566,201 people are now infected with the new coronavirus and some 248,285 others have succumbed to the respiratory illness COVID-19, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
- Chile reports 1,228 more COVID-19 cases, imposes new restrictions People's Daily 04 May 2020 -- Chile has reported a total of 1,228 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the country's total tally to nearly 20,000, the health ministry said Sunday.
- COVID-19: Two Georgian Cities To End Lockdown; Serbia Sets New Election Date RFE/RL 04 May 2020 -- The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 247,000 with more than 3.5 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.
- Kuwait Reports 295 New Coronavirus Cases, Two Deaths SPA 04 May 2020 -- Kuwait reported today 295 new coronavirus, COVID-19, infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the total of infections to 5,278.
- Morocco Reports 97 New Cases of COVID-19, 3 Deaths SPA 04 May 2020 -- Morocco reported today 97 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 3 deaths. This brings the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 5,000, and the death toll to 177, according to Morocco Press Agency (MAP).
- Oman Announces 69 New Cases of COVID-19 SPA 04 May 2020 -- The Omani Ministry of Health announced today 69 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Sultanate of Oman to 2,637.
- Coping with COVID, Turkey Turns to Fragrant Tradition VOA 04 May 2020 -- With Turkey battling COVID-19, Turks are turning to a traditional custom to contain the virus: sweet smelling cologne.
- Low Turnout as Kenya Offers Free Testing in Feared Coronavirus Hotspots VOA 04 May 2020 -- Kenya is offering free testing for the coronavirus in densely populated, high-risk areas of Nairobi but the Ministry of Health says that so far, it's been a low turnout. The testing, which kicked off Friday and continues this week, has uncovered dozens of new positive cases.
- Protesters in Brazil Support President Rejecting Stay-at-Home Guideline VOA 04 May 2020 -- Supporters of Brazil's president protested Sunday in Brasilia against stay-at-home guideline issued by some states to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
- Iceland Prepares to Reopen Schools, Some Businesses VOA 04 May 2020 -- Officials in Iceland say schools, hair salons, dental and other small businesses across the nation are reopening Monday after six weeks of lockdown and a steady drop in new COVID-19 cases.
- Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Iran Announce Partial Easing of Coronavirus Restrictions VOA 04 May 2020 -- A number of Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Tunisia have announced the reopening of parts of their economies in the wake of lengthy coronavirus closures. At the same time, Algeria has decided to reorder the closure of some businesses due to unsafe gatherings.
- Myanmar Awaits Workers Returning from Thailand, While Laos Keeps Its Border Closed Radio Free Asia 04 May 2020 -- Myanmar's military and authorities in the country's capital Naypyidaw are mandating a three-week coronavirus quarantine for migrant workers returning from Thailand, with about 600 returnees now expected in a new group of arrivals, sources in Myanmar say.
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