30 July 2020 Security News
Other Security News
- Portland Riots Read-out: July 30 DHS 30 Jul 2020
- US Federal Agents to Begin Portland Withdrawal VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- Governor Kate Brown of the northwestern U.S. state of Oregon said federal officers would begin leaving the city of Portland on Thursday after an agreement between local and federal officials.
- Troops to deploy in more US cities as Trump reiterates crackdown on protesters Press TV 30 Jul 2020 -- The US Justice Department says it will send federal agents to Cleveland, Milwaukee and Detroit amid crackdown on anti-racism protests, expanding the deployment of troops to major US cities under a program authorized by President Donald Trump.
- Judge Orders House Arrest for Former El Salvador Defense Minister Linked to Gang Conspiracy VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- El Salvador's former defense minister, General David Munguía Payes, is under house arrest, a week after he was detained for being involved in a pact with gangs.
- Russian Intelligence Hit In First Ever EU Sanctions Against Cyberattacks RFE/RL 30 Jul 2020 -- The European Union has imposed its first-ever sanctions against alleged cyberattackers, targeting four Russian citizens and a unit of Moscow's GRU military intelligence agency.
- The United States Applauds the EU's Action on Cyber Sanctions US Dept. of State 30 Jul 2020 -- The United States welcomes today's announcement from the European Union's High Representative Josep Borrell regarding the body's first designations under its cyber sanctions framework.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report - 192 WHO 30 Jul 2020
- WHO Emergencies Press Conference on coronavirus disease outbreak - 30 July 2020 WHO 30 Jul 2020
- Young people 'not invincible' in COVID-19 pandemic: WHO chief UN News 30 Jul 2020 -- Although older people are among those at highest risk of COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reminded younger generations that they are "not invincible" when it comes to the disease.
- COVID-19 May Hit Young People Hard, WHO Warns VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- The resurgence of the coronavirus in many countries is "driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the Northern Hemisphere summer," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.
- US Leads World with 150,000 Coronavirus Deaths VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- The total number of COVID-19 cases around the world has now topped 17 million, with nearly 670,000 deaths - and the United States is leading the world in both categories.
- U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 150,000 - Johns Hopkins University People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- U.S. COVID-19 deaths have surpassed the 150,000 mark to reach 150,034 as of 3:35 p.m. local time on Wednesday (1935 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
- US surpasses 150,000 virus deaths as experts urge reset of approach Press TV 30 Jul 2020 -- The United States has now recorded one death from the coronavirus every minute as the country surpassed 150,000 virus deaths, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down.
- US Records One COVID-19 Death Every Minute as Death Toll Surpasses 154,000 Sputnik 30 Jul 2020 -- One person in the US is dying every minute from COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to the latest tally by Reuters.
- US Economy Hit By Deepest Quarterly Plunge in 70 Years VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- The U.S. said Thursday its economy, ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, plummeted 9.5% between April and June, the biggest quarterly plunge in records dating back seven decades.
- State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts California Department of Public Health 30 Jul 2020
- Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing | July 30, 2020 The White House 30 Jul 2020
- Remarks by President Trump in a Roundtable on Donating Plasma The White House 30 Jul 2020
- Pelosi Mandates Masks in US House of Representatives VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- The U.S. House of Representatives begins a new mandated face mask policy Thursday, following an order from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was facing increasing pressure to address safety concerns in one of the nation's most high-profile office complexes.
- DOD Medical Officials Outline COVID-19 Testing Approach DoD News 30 Jul 2020 -- Though the rate of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among those in uniform is lower than that of the nation's civilian population, the most junior service members have a slightly higher rate than that of their civilian counterparts, the medical advisor to the Defense Department's coronavirus task force said.
- Fauci warns several US states to be vigilant for COVID-19 surges Global Times 30 Jul 2020 -- US top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warned on Wednesday that several US states including Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana should be vigilant to avoid COVID-19 surges experienced in the southern and western parts of the country.
- Mandatory mask policy imposed for U.S. House floor after lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced a mandatory mask policy on Wednesday that requires all members and staff to wear face coverings in the chamber.
- CDC director admits U.S. failed to recognize coronavirus threat from Europe People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- The United States failed to recognize the coronavirus threat from Europe in time, Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said.
- Policy actions at all levels needed to control COVID-19 in U.S., scholars say People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- Concrete policy actions at all levels are needed to get control of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, researchers at Johns Hopkins University said in a report Wednesday.
- US House Passes Measure to Cut Funding for Deployment of Federal Agents to Cities Sputnik 30 Jul 2020 -- The House of Representatives has added an amendment to a package of appropriations bills that would cut funding to the Department of Jusrice's (DOJ) operations to send federal agents to US cities to quell violence, Congressman Ted Lieu's office said in a press release on Thursday.
- COVID-19 outbreaks in Wuhan, Beijing and Dalian 'share similarities:' China's top epidemiologist Global Times 30 Jul 2020 -- China's top epidemiologist said the recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Wuhan, Beijing and Dalian share certain similarities and did not come about by coincidence, as they all took place in the cold contaminated environment of seafood markets, and the virus may have infected people through aerosols.
- Xinjiang's cotton production sees limited disruption amid COVID-19 outbreak Global Times 30 Jul 2020 -- The coronavirus outbreak in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has had a limited impact on production in the region which supplies 80 percent of China's cotton, said an industry observer.
- A review of Beijing's efforts to fight second wave of COVID-19 People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- Beijing lowered its COVID-19 emergency response from level II to III starting from July 20, following 40 days of hard work to battle the disease. Taking the most resolute, decisive and rigorous measures and establishing a strict epidemic control network across the city, Beijing has reported no new confirmed cases within 28 days, or two incubation periods.
- China's western regions accelerate opening up amid epidemic People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- Despite the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu registered a stellar foreign trade performance in the first half of this year.
- Beijing intensifies testing, management following new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- Over 13,200 people have been sampled for nucleic acid tests in an outlying district in Beijing after two new domestically-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported there, a local official told a press conference Wednesday.
- Hong Kong reports 118 new COVID-19 cases, total surpasses 3,000 People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 118 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong above 3,000.
- Chinese mainland reports 105 new confirmed COVID-19 cases People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- Chinese health authority said Thursday that it received reports of 105 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, including 102 domestically transmitted cases and three imported ones.
- EU signs deal on supply of Remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment People's Daily 30 Jul 2020 -- The European Commission has signed a 63 million-euro contract with American pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir, for the treatment of COVID-19, it announced on Wednesday.
- EU Warns Critical Supply Shortages May Hinder Future COVID-19 Immunization Campaigns Sputnik 30 Jul 2020 -- The European Union is warning its member states that there is a looming risk of a shortage of critical equipment that would be needed to administer mass COVID-19 vaccinations. EU Warns Critical Supply Shortages May Hinder Future COVID-19 Immunization Campaigns
- Boris Johnson claims "massive success" in coronavirus despite highest excess death rate in Europe Press TV 30 Jul 2020 -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been derided as "delusional" having claimed "massive success" in reducing the number of fatalities from coronavirus, despite figures showing England has had the highest excess death rate in Europe.
- India surpasses 1.5 million COVID-19 cases Global Times 30 Jul 2020 -- India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 1.5 million-mark on Wednesday, reaching 1,531,669, announced the federal health ministry.
- India's Total COVID-19 Recoveries cross the milestone of 10 lakh India PIB 30 Jul 2020 -- India has achieved the landmark of more than 10 lakh recoveries from COVID-19.
- India tests a total of 1.82 crore samples India PIB 30 Jul 2020 -- The combined and focused efforts of Union and State/UT Governments have resulted in ramped up testing across the country to ensure early detection and isolation of COVID-19 positive cases. ICMR's evolving testing strategy has widened the testing network across India.
- Former Iran Parliament Speaker In Hospital With COVID-19 For Second Time Radio Farda 30 Jul 2020 -- The former Iranian Parliament Speaker and current member of the Expediency Council Ali Larijani has been hospitalized for COVID-19 for a second time. Larijani tested positive for COVID-19 in early April for the first time.
- COVID-19 kills 226 more Iranians over past 24 hours IRNA 30 Jul 2020 -- Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Thursday that some 226 more Iranians have died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours.
- President Rouhani: Iran transiting from coronavirus' peak IRNA 30 Jul 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated here on Thursday that the country is passing through the coronavirus peak.
- Spokesman of Ministry of Health: No coronavirus cases among pilgrims SPA 30 Jul 2020 -- Assistant Minister of Health and official spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdali, confirmed that no coronavirus cases were recorded among the pilgrims, nor any diseases affecting public health.
- Health Ministry: More Than 230,000 Recovered from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia SPA 30 Jul 2020 -- The Ministry of Health said in a statement today that 1,629 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 274,219 cases, including 40,179 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 2044 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Australia Sees Deadliest Day of Pandemic So Far VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- Australia's COVID-19 crisis is intensifying, with a record 723 new infections reported in the state of Victoria in the past day. Thirteen people have died. Some internal borders in eastern Australia will again close in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
- Death Toll from Australia Coronavirus Surge Rises to 189 VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- Australia's southern state of Victoria posted 723 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths on Wednesday, a new one-day record for the hardest-hit state from the sudden spike of the disease.
- North Koreans Unconvinced by Claim That Infected Refugee Prompted COVID-19 Emergency Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2020 -- Many North Korean residents are not buying their government's explanation that supreme leader Kim Jong Un's decision to declare a coronavirus "national maximum emergency" was driven by an infected refugee who recently returned from South Korea, local sources told RFA.
- Expert warns COVID-19 cases in Brazil may surpass those in the US Global Times 30 Jul 2020 -- Brazil may surpass the US to become the world's new hotspot for COVID-19 as the country continues to loosen restrictions on tourism and business and higher transmission rates are expected when the weather cools, warned Chinese experts.
- WHO Warns Africa Against Easing of Coronavirus Restrictions VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- The World Health Organization on Thursday warned Africa against easing coronavirus restrictions as the number of infections on the continent has doubled in the past month.
- Coronavirus Rapidly Spreading Across Africa VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading across Africa and a lack of adequate testing is preventing health care professionals from being able to assess and fight the spread of the disease, according to the International Rescue Commitee (IRC).
- Fear & Stigma Keep Nigerians from Helping Contact Tracers VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- As the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Nigeria increases, contact tracing of patients in the country's communities is becoming more difficult for health officials. Nigeria's Presidential Task Force Committee on COVID-19 has criticized Nigerians who refuse to assist contact tracers due to fear and stigma. But in some communities, local leaders have stepped up to help the tracers do their job.
- Central Africa's Muslim Feast Hampered as COVID-19 Blocks Livestock Trade VOA 30 Jul 2020 -- More than one million livestock being transported from Cameroon and Chad for Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice, have been blocked at the borders with Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Nigeria. Cameroon's neighboring states are refusing imports due to COVID-19, forcing livestock merchants who depend on the annual festival, known locally as Tabaski, to sell at cut-rate prices.
- Philippines Thanks China in Advance For COVID-19 Vaccine Radio Free Asia 30 Jul 2020 -- A spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday thanked China for agreeing to give Manila access once it develops a vaccine for COVID-19, saying that it pays to be friendly despite territorial disputes.
- COVID-19: Kyrgyzstan Observes National Day Of Mourning; Uzbek Deputy Finance Minister Dies RFE/RL 30 Jul 2020 -- The global death toll from the coronavirus is around 668,000, with more than 17 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the respiratory illness.
- COVID-19: UN chief outlines path to sustainable, inclusive recovery in Southeast Asia UN News 30 Jul 2020 -- Tackling inequality, bridging the digital divide, greening the economy, and upholding human rights and good governance will be critical for Southeast Asia to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.
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