06 January 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- World Leaders Condemn Pro-Trump Riot at US Capitol VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- International leaders expressed shock and condemned the unprecedented scenes on Capitol Hill as a pro-Trump riot breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
- US Capitol Secure, Lawmakers to Return to Validate Biden Election VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- Hours after a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers returned to the building to begin again the process of certifying the Electoral College results, thereby allowing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be sworn in as president and vice president, respectively, on Jan. 20.
- Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the Failed Coup Attempt in Washington, D.C. New York State 06 Jan 2021
- At Request of U.S. National Guard, Governor Andrew Cuomo Deploys 1,000 Members of New York National Guard to Washington, D.C. New York State 06 Jan 2021
- Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen Regarding the Overrunning of the U.S. Capitol Building US Dept. of Justice 06 Jan 2021
- Statement by Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Pentagon Spokesman, on D.C. Guard Mobilization DoD 06 Jan 2021
- Statement by Acting Secretary Miller on Full Activation of D.C. National Guard DoD 06 Jan 2021
- Update to Statement by Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Pentagon Spokesman, on D.C. Guard Mobilization DoD 06 Jan 2021
- Department of Justice Statement on Solarwinds Update US Dept. of Justice 06 Jan 2021 -- The Department of Justice Spokesman Marc Raimondi issued the following statement:
- US Justice Department Confirms It Was Victim of SolarWinds Hack VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed on Wednesday that it had been the victim of a massive hacking operation linked to Russian intelligence.
- Cyber Beacon Provides Venue for Sharing Innovative Approaches to Top Strategic Challenges DoD News 06 Jan 2021 -- Last month the College of Information and Cyberspace at National Defense University, located on historic Fort McNair in the nation's capital, hosted their 7th annual Cyber Beacon Conference.
- Health Ministry deploys multi-disciplinary teams to Avian Influenza affected districts in Kerala and Haryana India PIB 06 Jan 2021 -- The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has deployed multi-disciplinary teams to Avian Influenza affected Alappuzha and Kottayam districts in Kerala, and Panchkula District, Haryana.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Cross 85.9 Million, Death Toll at 1,860,249 SPA 06 Jan 2021 -- More than 85.9 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,860,249 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
- Statement by Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Doses Delivered Today DoD 06 Jan 2021
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic New York State 06 Jan 2021
- New study estimates U.S. COVID-19 infections about 4 times of officially reported People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- The number of COVID-19 infections in the United States may have been about four times of the figure officially reported, according to a new study published on Tuesday.
- States Can Accelerate Vaccinations by Broadening Recipient Pool DoD News 06 Jan 2021 -- Uptake of newly-available COVID-19 vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna has not been as fast in some places as expected. State governors have been encouraged to expedite uptake, if needed, by expanding eligibility for those vaccines to ensure that no vaccine goes wasted.
- NYC Mayor Aims to Have 10,000 Police Vaccinated by Sunday VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city aims to vaccinate 10,000 police officers against the coronavirus by Sunday.
- China Negotiates With WHO Over Permission for Experts to Travel to Wuhan VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- China says it is negotiating with the World Health Organization over the final arrangements for a team of international experts to enter the country to investigate the origin of the COVD-19 pandemic.
- China, WHO still in consultation to ensure smooth progress of expert team's visit to China for virus origin-tracing: FM Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- China and the World Health Organization (WHO) are still in consultation to ensure the smooth progress of the visit by the WHO's international expert team to China, and the country is overcoming difficulties to speed up preparations and create conditions for the visit, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.
- Beijing 'political moat' clamps down to fight COVID surge Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- Just one night after announcing it was entering the "wartime mode," North China's Hebei Province, which neighbors Chinese capital Beijing, began putting in place various COVID-19 prevention measures on Wednesday amid a sudden spike in coronavirus infections, including controls on highways passing through Hebei leading to Beijing and other provinces, stopping sales of railway tickets to Beijing, suspending classes in schools, implementing closed-off managements in residential communities in provincial capital Shijiazhuang, and taking sweeping nucleic acid tests.
- Beijing raises guard against Hebei outbreak with stricter measures in transport systems, communities Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- Beijing is showing determination to safeguard its safety amid recent COVID-19 outbreaks, especially a resurgence in neighboring Hebei Province. Highways, railway authorities and local communities have adopted strict measures to ensure that people entering the capital are not potential sources of a new infection surge with the 2021 Spring Festival less than six weeks away.
- Virus found in Hebei similar to Russian strain: China CDC Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- The coronavirus found in Xingtai of North China's Hebei Province is similar to the one imported from Europe, gene sequencing results show, the local disease control authority said on Wednesday.
- Inactivated vaccines can't end outbreak, but suitable to protect general public: experts Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- After the latest coronavirus outbreaks, including one in North China's Hebei Province, prompted the public to discuss whether vaccines can tackle the problem, experts explained although the approved inactivated vaccines cannot cure the infected, they are suitable for China to protect the general public.
- S.China's Guangdong finds one case with South African variant of COVID-19 Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in South China's Guangdong Province has identified a South African COVID-19 variant strain in a throat swab test on Wednesday, marking a second discovery of a new strain, following the discovery of a strain from the UK in a separate imported case on Saturday.
- Shenyang vaccinates 30,000 people, no adverse reactions reported: CDC official Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- CDC officials in Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's Liaoning Province, revealed on Wednesday that more than 30,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to key groups of people, with no adverse reactions reported.
- East China reports an expat teacher from the UK reinfected with COVID-19 Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- Hangzhou, the capital of East China's Zhejiang Province, on Wednesday reported one COVID-19 reinfection case, a silent carrier of the coronavirus from the UK, who is a foreign teacher working in Hangzhou. All the related campuses have been suspended.
- 326,000 people receive COVID-19 vaccines in Shanghai; Chinese vaccines effective for virus variants Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- Shanghai on Wednesday announced that permanent residents and those with household registration in the city who plan to work or study abroad for personal reasons before February 12 can book an appointment to receive free COVID-19 emergency vaccines. The city's expats are not included in the scheme yet.
- Hebei restricts interprovincial traffic, raises COVID-19 risk level in district Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- One night after announcing it was entering "wartime mode," North China's Hebei Province, which neighbors Chinese capital Beijing, began putting in place various COVID-19 prevention measures on Wednesday amid a sudden spike in infections, including controls on highways passing through Hebei leading to Beijing and other provinces, the suspension of inter-city bus services, and raising the whole of Gaocheng district in provincial capital Shijiazhuang to high-risk area.
- China's Hebei reports 20 new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- China's Hebei Province on Tuesday reported 20 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of existing confirmed cases to 39 in the province.
- Chinese mainland reports 23 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- China's National Health Commission said Wednesday that it received reports of 32 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, of which 23 were locally transmitted and nine were imported.
- China's Heilongjiang reports 1 new confirmed COVID-19 case People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- China's Heilongjiang Province on Tuesday reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case and one asymptomatic case, the provincial health commission said Wednesday.
- Northeast China's Suifenhe cleared of COVID-19 cases People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- Locally transmitted COVID-19 cases treated in northeast China's Suifenhe, a port city of Heilongjiang Province, dropped to zero on Tuesday, local authorities said.
- Cities tighten COVID-19 control measures amid winter resurgence People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- Chinese cities are tightening control measures to tackle the resurgence of the novel coronavirus through the winter months following recent sporadic spikes in confirmed cases.
- China's Hebei reports 14 new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- China's Hebei Province reported 14 locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases and 30 asymptomatic cases on Monday, the provincial health commission said on Tuesday.
- Germany extends, tightens anti-virus measures to end of January People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- German federal and state governments agreed on Tuesday to extend the measures against COVID-19 until the end of January, as well as to impose even stricter contact restrictions.
- Britain's Johnson Defends Lockdown Decision to Parliament VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament Wednesday that the government had "no choice but to return to a national lockdown," as health officials estimate that one in every 50 people in the nation have had COVID-19 in the last week.
- UK faces new lockdown with tougher battle ahead against COVID-19 pandemic People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- Millions of Britons woke up Tuesday to face new strict lockdown measures requiring them to stay indoors as COVID-19 infections continue to spiral upwards.
- Boris Johnson warns of extended lockdown as death toll mounts Press TV 06 Jan 2021 -- Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has dashed hopes of a timely end to England's lockdown by saying the latest tough restrictions will not be removed with a "big bang" but instead there will be a "gradual unwrapping".
- New daily coronavirus cases in UK top 60,000 for first time People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- The number of new daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Britain topped 60,000 for the first time on Tuesday since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, official figures showed.
- New daily coronavirus cases in UK top 60,000 for first time Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- The number of new daily confirmed cases of coronavirus in Britain topped 60,000 for the first time on Tuesday since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, official figures showed.
- France health minister says to accelerate vaccination amid criticism over slow pace People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- France will speed up its vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, said Health Minister Olivier Veran on Monday when visiting a newly set up vaccination center at a Paris hospital in response to mounting criticism at the slowness of the rollout in the country.
- Netherlands Begins Coronavirus Vaccinations VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- The Netherlands delivered its first coronavirus vaccine dose Wednesday to a care home nurse, nearly two weeks after other European Union nations began inoculations.
- Sluggish Vaccinations Prompt Rising Dismay in Europe VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- The rollout of COVID vaccinations in Europe isn't going as smoothly as officials hoped, with critics saying governments didn't prepare sufficiently for the inevitable procurement and logistical challenges in what amounts to the biggest mass inoculation campaign ever seen.
- Serbia Starts Inoculations With Russia's Sputnik-V Vaccine RFE/RL 06 Jan 2021 -- Serbia has begun inoculations with Russia's controversial Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine, with top officials getting the first jabs to boost public trust in the shot.
- EU May Soon Approve New Use of Pfizer Vaccine Boosting Doses By 20%,EU Source reports SPA 06 Jan 2021 -- The European drugs regulator could shortly approve an amendment to its approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that would permit the extraction of six doses from a vial instead of five, Reuters quoted an EU official as telling it today, on Wednesday.
- Russia's RDIF Says Bolivia Registered Sputnik V Vaccine Based on Trial Results in Russia Sputnik 06 Jan 2021 -- Bolivia has registered the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine based on Russia's clinical trial data, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Wednesday.
- Russia's RDIF to Supply 2 Million Doses of Sputnik V Vaccine to Serbia Sputnik 06 Jan 2021 -- The first batch of vaccine was delivered to Serbia on 30 December. The vaccine was approved without additional clinical trials in the country.
- India Denies Banning Vaccine Exports VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- India has not imposed a ban on export of vaccines for COVID-19, the federal government said amid a controversy that it had imposed restrictions on an Indian company expected to be on the frontlines in supplying vaccines to developing countries.
- Indian gov't to roll out COVID-19 vaccine within 10 days from authorization date People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- The Indian government Tuesday said the COVID-19 vaccines will be ready for roll-out in 10 days from the emergency use authorization date based on feedback from the dry run.
- India's vaccine export plan could be good news for global market despite political, economic motive: experts Global Times 06 Jan 2021 -- India expects to export its homemade coronavirus vaccines "within weeks" to satisfy the global market, according to media reports, which experts said could be a good news given India's competitive vaccine research and production capacity.
- Steady decline in number of deaths; Daily Fatalities below 300 continuously since the last 12 days India PIB 06 Jan 2021 -- There is a steady decline in the number of daily deaths recorded in the country. Less than 300 new deaths are being recorded in the country from the last 12 days.
- Centre rushes a High Level team to Kerala for supporting the State in public health interventions in COVID19 management India PIB 06 Jan 2021 -- The Union Government has deployed a high level Central Team headed by Dr S K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to Kerala. The team will reach the State day after tomorrow.
- In a massive country-wide exercise, another Mock Drill on COVID19 Vaccine administration to be conducted in all States and UTs on 8th January 2021 India PIB 06 Jan 2021 -- The Central Government is gearing up for the roll out of COVID19 vaccine across the country. Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has been pro-actively carrying out the preparations for roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine, in collaboration with States/UTs and all stakeholders, over the past couple of months to ensure that the preparations for roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine are on track.
- Iran COVID-19 death toll drops to 82 IRNA 06 Jan 2021 -- Spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari announced here on Wednesday that the COVID-19 death toll in Iran has dropped to 82 during the past 24 hours.
- Barekat COVID-19 vaccine injected to four other Iranian volunteers IRNA 06 Jan 2021 -- Iranian coronavirus vaccine named 'COV-Iran Barekat' has been injected to second group of volunteers, Director of clinical trial center of Tehran University of Medical Sciences Hamed Hosseini said on Wednesday.
- S. Korea Extends U.K. Flight Ban for 2 more Weeks amid Concerns over COVID-19 Variant SPA 06 Jan 2021 -- South Korea decided today, on Wednesday to extend the suspension of direct flights from Britain for two more weeks to block a more transmissible coronavirus variant first detected in the European country, Yonhap reported.
- Japan's COVID-19 cases hit new record ahead of virus emergency declaration People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- Japan on Tuesday confirmed a record 4,912 new daily infections, bringing the country's cumulative total to 253,437, not including those related to a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo last year.
- Tokyo's COVID-19 cases hit new daily record ahead of virus emergency declaration People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- Tokyo on Wednesday confirmed a record 1,591 new daily COVID-19 infections, with the record number of cases coming just days ahead of a state of emergency likely being declared for Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures due to a surging "third wave" of infections.
- Health Ministry: 118 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Saudi Arabia SPA 06 Jan 2021 -- The Ministry of Health said in a statement today that 118 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 363,377 cases, including 2,206 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 351 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Two more cases of U.K. COVID-19 variant confirmed, one on respirator CNA 06 Jan 2021 -- Two more individuals who recently traveled from the United Kingdom to Taiwan have been confirmed to be infected with the U.K. variant of the COVID-19 virus, one of whom is currently on a respirator, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
- Taiwan reports 2 new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 06 Jan 2021 -- Taiwan confirmed two new imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, one each from Indonesia and the Philippines, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 819, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Taiwan to add 1,000 quarantine hotel rooms to meet demand CNA 06 Jan 2021 -- Taiwan will soon add 1,000 more quarantine hotel rooms to meet increasing demand as stricter home quarantine rules are imposed that will make it more difficult for people to be isolated in their own homes.
- China Airlines, EVA Air extend suspension of direct flights to London CNA 06 Jan 2021 -- China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways said Wednesday that their suspension of direct flights to London will continue through February, due to the escalation of the COVID-19 situation in the United Kingdom.
- Mass Anti-epidemic Atmosphere Gets More Tense in DPRK KCNA 06 Jan 2021 -- The emergency anti-epidemic units across the country are further intensifying the work for blocking the inroads and spread of the novel corona virus, while encouraging a mass anti-epidemic atmosphere.
- Australian health minister announces earlier start for COVID-19 vaccine rollout People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- Australia's Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Wednesday that the country's coronavirus vaccine rollout will begin weeks earlier than previously planned.
- Brazil sees over 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- Brazil again saw 1,171 more deaths from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in 24 hours, raising the total death toll to 197,732, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.
- Canadian PM voices frustration with slow pace of COVID-19 vaccine rollout People's Daily 06 Jan 2021 -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that he is worried about the slow pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the country.
- Malawi Mandates Quarantine for Returnees from South Africa VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- Malawi has introduced a mandatory quarantine on returnees from South Africa to control rising cases of COVID-19. Thousands of Malawians have returned from South Africa in recent weeks, and officials fear they could import the new, more contagious form of coronavirus.
- Zimbabwe Authorities Selectively Enforce COVID Lockdown, Rights Groups Say VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- Human rights groups in Zimbabwe say the government is selectively enforcing COVID-19 lockdown rules. On Wednesday, a court handed down prison sentences to organizers of a New Year's eve music event while a friend of the president who held his own party was untouched by police.
- South African Virologist: Vaccines Can Be 'Tweaked' to Handle Coronavirus Variants VOA 06 Jan 2021 -- A South African virologist says existing COVID-19 vaccines may not be fully effective against the new coronavirus variant found in the country, but he expressed belief the vaccines can be "tweaked" to combat the variant.
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