03 September 2020 Security News
Other Security News
- U.S. Senators Seek Sanctions On Russia For Election Interference RFE/RL 03 Sep 2020 -- Democratic senators are urging the U.S. Treasury Department to impose sanctions on Russian organizations and individuals for interfering in the 2020 presidential election, saying such a "direct message" to Russian President Vladimir Putin is long overdue.
- DHS Combats Potential Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack DHS 03 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to prepare against ever evolving threats against the American homeland, most recently highlighting efforts to combat an Electromagnetic Pulse attack which could disrupt the electrical grid and potentially damage electronics.
- Turkey: Top IS Militant Suspected of Planning Attack on Hagia Sophia Arrested VOA 03 Sep 2020 -- The Turkish police said they have arrested Mahmut Ozden, a major Islamic State (IS) figure in Turkey suspected of planning an attack on the newly converted Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul.
- Uzbeks Among Alleged IS Members Apprehended In Turkey RFE/RL 03 Sep 2020 -- Several Uzbek nationals have been arrested along with dozens of other alleged members and supporters of the Islamic State (IS) group in Turkey.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- UN chief terms COVID-19 as game-changer for int'l peace, security People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- "It is a game-changer for international peace and security," says the UN chief, emphasizing that the process can play a key role in "promoting unity and aligning thinking" on how to beat back the pandemic.
- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 860,000: Johns Hopkins University People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 860,000 on Wednesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
- COVID-19 pandemic likely to push 47 mln more women into poverty: UN report People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- The coronavirus pandemic and its fallout will likely push 47 million more women into poverty, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty, new data released on Wednesday by the United Nations has revealed.
- Beat back 'catastrophic effects' of COVID-19 on refugee education, urges UNHCR UN News 03 Sep 2020 -- While children in every country have struggled with the impact of COVID-19 on their education, refugee children have been particularly disadvantaged, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said, amid fears many may not be able to resume their studies due to school closures, high fees or lack of access to technology to learn remotely.
- Confidence Grows About COVID-19 Vaccines, But Fears Mount Over Supplies VOA 03 Sep 2020 -- Researchers across the world are scrambling to develop a coronavirus vaccine and 170 candidates are being tracked by the World Health Organization.
- Women are key to response and recovery out of the COVID era: Deputy UN chief UN News 03 Sep 2020 -- Young women are fighting interconnected battles for "environmental, economic and racial justice", the deputy UN chief said in a discussion on Thursday.
- UNICEF to Lead Global Initiative to Buy, Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines VOA 03 Sep 2020 -- The U.N. children's agency said Thursday it would lead the world's largest and fastest procurement and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines from dozens of makers in the next two years so that no country lacks access.
- NAVCENT Medical Personnel Embed with Bahrain Ministry of Health to Manage Pandemic Response US Navy 03 Sep 2020 -- U.S. Navy medical personnel assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) have partnered with the Kingdom of Bahrain's Ministry of Health (MOH) since April 2020, in an effort to coordinate coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation efforts and ensure full compliance with the partner nation's public health guidelines.
- Tennessee Guard reaches milestone in COVID-19 testing Army News 03 Sep 2020 -- Soldiers and Airmen with the Tennessee National Guard, who are working diligently alongside Tennessee's Department of Health, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and various other state and local agencies have successfully administered over 300,000 COVID-19 tests since March.
- Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19 DHS 03 Sep 2020
- US States Told to Prepare to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine by Nov. 1 VOA 03 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that it has informed public health officials in all 50 states and several large cities to be prepared to distribute a coronavirus vaccine by November 1, two days before the presidential election.
- U.S. Reports 75,336 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 1,461 Deaths SPA 03 Sep 2020 -- The United States of America reported today 75,336 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,461 death cases.
- Update on U.S. Withdrawal from the World Health Organization US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2020 -- The United States has long been the world's most generous provider of health and humanitarian assistance to people around the world. This assistance is provided with the support of the American taxpayer with the reasonable expectation that it serve an effective purpose and reach those in need.
- U.S. Africa Command donates COVID supplies to Ghana AFRICOM 03 Sep 2020 -- Accra, GHANA -- U.S. Africa Command donated approximately $75,000 in COVID-19 supplies to the Ghana Armed Forces Aug. 28.
- State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts California Department of Public Health 03 Sep 2020
- DOD Sites Selected for Phase III COVID-19 Vaccine Trials: Five Medical Treatment Facilities in National Capital Region, San Antonio, and San Diego to Participate DoD 03 Sep 2020 -- As part of the Operation Warp Speed (OWS) goal to deliver safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics by January 2021, five DoD locations have been identified to participate in the Phase III trial evaluating the vaccine candidate AZD1222 under development by AstraZeneca.
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers On State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic New York State 03 Sep 2020
- U.S. rejects global cooperation in vaccine project People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- The United States will not join global efforts with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines, the Trump administration said Tuesday.
- FM dismisses Pompeo's accusations on China's COVID-19 cover-up Global Times 03 Sep 2020 -- Actions speak louder than words and the truth will always turn out to be true, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Thursday in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent statements accusing China of covering up the death toll from its COVID-19 epidemic.
- Aviation staff next for COVID-19 vaccines Global Times 03 Sep 2020 -- Frontline employees in the civil aviation industry will be the next key group to take a COVID-19 vaccine on an emergency basis, a document obtained by the Global Times shows.
- 89 more virus testing staffers from mainland arrive in HK Global Times 03 Sep 2020 -- With the nucleic acid testing scheme in Hong Kong now in full swing, another 89 medical staffers from Chinese mainland arrived Wednesday night in Hong Kong to assist with the ongoing testing program, for which nearly 800,000 residents have registered.
- Chinese vaccine makers vaccinate overseas employees and military personnel Global Times 03 Sep 2020 -- Chinese leading vaccine producer China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) signed an agreement with Chinese technology giant Huawei on Tuesday to facilitate strategic cooperation on resource and service support for COVID-19 inactivated vaccine, widely seen as a potential offer to extend vaccinations to more Chinese employees who frequently go abroad for business.
- Frontline staff in civil aviation plan to take COVID-19 vaccine Global Times 03 Sep 2020 -- Frontline employees in civil aviation industry plan to become a key group to take the COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, a document obtained by the Global Times shows.
- Life in Xinjiang returning to normal as COVID-19 epidemic wanes People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is speeding up the return to normal life and work, all the while promoting anti-epidemic measures on a regular basis, as the COVID-19 epidemic continues to wane, with no new confirmed cases for 15 consecutive days as of Wednesday.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Thursday.
- Beijing to test all imported cold-chain food for COVID-19 People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- Beijing Customs will carry out novel coronavirus nucleic acid tests on all imported cold-chain food, the latest move of the Chinese capital for COVID-19 prevention and control.
- Hong Kong launches massive COVID-19 screening program People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- A massive screening program was launched in Hong Kong Tuesday to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and restore the normal lives of residents.
- Silvio Berlusconi, Other High-Profile Italians Test Positive for COVD-19 VOA 03 Sep 2020 -- Italy was the first European country to feel the full force of the coronavirus pandemic, and Italians had hoped to be first on the continent to be able to return to normal life. But the country is witnessing some alarming viral spikes – the danger of which is being underscored by the rising number of celebrities and politicians testing positive.
- Italy's COVID-19 situation "among best in Europe": Health Minister People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- Italy's COVID-19 situation is among the best in the European Union (EU) despite a recent rise in new infections, Health Minister Roberto Speranza told the Senate in his report on the pandemic on Wednesday.
- Trial test kit said to provide results within twenty minutes Press TV 03 Sep 2020 -- As part of preparations aimed at preventing a second COVID-19 wave during the upcoming winter, the UK government is to trial routine weekly testing of the population, which former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt asserts should become the norm.
- Denmark Eases Anti-Virus Border Controls SPA 03 Sep 2020 -- Denmark is easing border controls introduced in March as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus, dpa quoted the national police as saying today, on Thursday.
- France Again Registers over 7,000 New COVID-19 Infections SPA 03 Sep 2020 -- France registered more than 7,000 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours for the second time in two days, Reuters cited the health ministry as saying today, on Thursday, just shy of a 7,578 record set on March 31, while hospitalisations for the virus also rose again.
- Germany's Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise by 1,311 to 246,166 SPA 03 Sep 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,311 to 246,166, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday, Reuters reported.
- India reaches another peak of highest single day recoveries India PIB 03 Sep 2020 -- Matching the achievement of highest single tests of more than 11.7 lakhs in the last 24 hours, India has scaled another peak of success.
- India witnesses an Unprecedented Surge in Daily Testing India PIB 03 Sep 2020 -- Continuing the spree of conducting more than 10 lakh tests per day from the last two days, India has witnessed an unprecedented surge in daily testing today.
- Official: COVID-19 kills 129 more in Iran IRNA 03 Sep 2020 -- Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Thursday that 129 more Iranians have died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 21,926.
- Coronavirus Ravaging Prisons in Iran, Human Rrights Group Says Radio Farda 03 Sep 2020 -- The Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran (ABC), an international human rights organization, has accused Iran of hiding facts about the dire conditions in prisons across Iran amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
- Health Ministry: 833 New Cases Detected while 1,454 Recovered in the Kingdom SPA 03 Sep 2020 -- The Ministry of Health announced in a statement today that 833 new confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 318,319 cases, including 20,373 active cases undergoing treatment.
- MoH: 937 Call Center received over 2 million calls in August SPA 03 Sep 2020 -- The Ministry of Health (MoH) has announced that the 937 Call Center received 2,442,010 calls in August 2020, through which several services were provided.
- Taiwan likely source of COVID-19 export cases People's Daily 03 Sep 2020 -- Two people had tested positive for the COVID-19 shortly after leaving Taiwan, the island's epidemic monitoring agency said on Wednesday.
- G20 Foreign Ministers to Strengthen International Cooperation in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic SPA 03 Sep 2020 -- The G20 Foreign Ministers held an extraordinary meeting to discuss enhancing international cooperation to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic as well as strengthening preparedness for future pandemics.
- Egypt reports 165 new cases of Coronavirus, 21 deaths SPA 03 Sep 2020 -- Egypt reported 165 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus and 21 deaths, spokesman of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population Dr. Khaled Megahed said in a statement today.
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