11 January 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- FBI Looking at Threats to Biden's Inauguration VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- Concerns are growing that the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week by extremists supporting U.S. President Donald Trump may be the start of what could be a series of potentially armed and violent protests across the country leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
- Security Increased as Washington Mayor Discourages People from Attending Inauguration VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- The Secret Service and National Guard have both pledged an increase of resources in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, as Washington's mayor is urging people to stay home for the event.
- US National Guard to Mobilize 15,000 Members for Inauguration Security VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- Up to 15,000 National Guard members will assist security efforts for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration this month, the National Guard chief announced Monday after multiple calls for increased security.
- President Donald J. Trump Approves District of Columbia Emergency Declaration The White House 11 Jan 2021
- Armed protests to hit 50 US states: FBI internal bulletin Press TV 11 Jan 2021 -- Armed protests are being planned across 50 US states in the wake of Democrats' pressure on outgoing president Donald Trump after his supporters' deadly of breach of the Capitol.
- 25 domestic terrorism cases opened as result of US Capitol riots Press TV 11 Jan 2021 -- US officials say 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened regarding last week's attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.
- Outgoing US Capitol Police chief: Efforts to call in National Guard hindered Press TV 11 Jan 2021 -- The outgoing chief of the US Capitol Police has accused House and Senate security officials of thwarting his efforts to call in the National Guard.
- Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf on NSSE Designation DHS 11 Jan 2021
- US to Deploy Up to 15,000 National Guard Troops to Safeguard Biden Inauguration Sputnik 11 Jan 2021 -- US authorities will deploy up to 15,000 National Guard troops in Washington DC to ensure security during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson said in a statement on Monday.
- Close 'disgraceful' GuantÃ¡namo camp â€“ UN experts urge incoming US administration UN News 11 Jan 2021 -- Exactly 19 years after the GuantÃ¡namo Bay detention centre first opened, UN independent human rights experts on Monday urged the incoming United States administration of Joe Biden, to close the notorious military prison as soon as possible.
- Sanctioning Russia-linked Disinformation Network for its Involvement in Attempts to Influence U.S. Election US Dept. of State 11 Jan 2021 -- Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach, who was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.
- Treasury Takes Further Action Against Russian-linked Actors US Treasury 11 Jan 2021 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took additional action against seven individuals and four entities that are part of a Russia-linked foreign influence network associated with Andrii Derkach. Russian agent Derkach was designated on September 10, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848, for his attempt to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
- US Treasury Sanctions Alleged Russian Disinformation Network VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced sanctions Monday against associates and entities affiliated with Ukrainian politician Andrii Derkach, who they say operates a Russian-backed foreign influence network that attempted to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
- U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Ukrainians Accused Of Meddling In 2020 Presidential Vote RFE/RL 11 Jan 2021 -- The United States says it has imposed sanctions on seven Ukrainians and four Ukrainian entities for attempting to interfere in the November U.S. presidential election.
- US to Designate Yemen's Houthis a Terror Group, Pompeo Says VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he plans to designate Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels as a foreign terrorist organization, a move the United Nations is warning will likely have "serious humanitarian and political repercussions."
- Saudi Arabia Applauds US Move to Place Houthis on Terror List VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- Saudi-owned media applauded the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he will ask Congress to place Yemen's Houthi militia group, which controls the capital, Sana'a, on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The decision follows last month's Houthi drone attack on Aden airport, controlled by the rival Yemeni government of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.
- Serious repercussions likely to follow US plan to designate Yemen combatants terrorists, UN warns UN News 11 Jan 2021 -- The United States government's decision to designate Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthi rebel group in Yemen, as terrorists, is likely to have "serious humanitarian and political repercussions", the UN spokesperson said on Monday.
- U.S. to designate Yemen's Houthi as "terrorist group" People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- The U.S. State Department would notify Congress of his intent to designate Yemen's Houthi group as a "Foreign Terrorist Organization".
- Houthis say reserve right to respond to US terrorist designation Press TV 11 Jan 2021 -- Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement has said the group is entitled to respond to any US move to designate them as a terrorist organization, hitting back at the US administration of Donald Trump as "terrorist".
- US Charges 3 Sri Lankan Nationals for Role in 2019 Easter Attacks VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- Three Sri Lankan nationals are facing charges in the U.S. for supporting an Islamic State cell responsible for the 2019 Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 268 people, including five U.S. citizens.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Weekly Operationl Update WHO 11 Jan 2021
- Pfizer-BioNTech to Boost Supply of Vaccine Doses by 50% VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- U.S. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced Monday plans to boost production of its COVID-19 vaccine by 50% percent â€” 2 million doses â€” this year to meet the global demand.
- Get COVID-19 vaccinations for 'high-risk' populations underway within 100 days worldwide, Tedros urges UN News 11 Jan 2021 -- There needs to be a "collective commitment" to get vaccinations underway worldwide for health workers and others who are at high risk of catching COVID-19, within the next 100 days, said the UN health agency chief on Monday.
- WHO Says It Is Not Looking to Place Blame as it Investigates COVID Origins VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- Officials at the World Health Organization said its efforts to investigate the origins of the coronavirus are not about finding "somebody to blame" as the agency sends a team of international experts to China this week.
- Global COVID-19 cases surpass 90 mln -- Johns Hopkins University People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 90 million on Sunday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
- World Insights: COVID-19 pandemic alarming as global cases surpass 90 mln, new variant spread People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- The raging COVID-19 pandemic shows no sign of abating as confirmed cases worldwide have exceeded 90 million and a new variant genome has been detected in Japan.
- Statement by Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Doses Delivered Today DoD 11 Jan 2021
- U.S. daily COVID-19 cases hit record high of over 310,000, total surpasses 22 mln People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- The United States registered a record high of over 310,000 daily COVID-19 cases on Friday, whereas the country's total caseload surpassed 22 million on Saturday.
- China Says WHO COVID-19 Origins Probe Team to Arrive on January 14 SPA 11 Jan 2021 -- A World Health Organization (WHO) team of international experts tasked with investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic will arrive in China on January 14, China's national health authority said on Monday.
- WHO expert team to come to China for joint research on novel coronavirus origin-tracing People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- After consultation with the National Health Commission, an international expert team of the World Health Organization (WHO) will arrive in China on Thursday to conduct joint research with Chinese scientists on the origin-tracing of the novel coronavirus, the commission said Monday.
- COVID-19 test demand surges before Spring Festival travel rush Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- There has been a surge in demand for COVID-19 nucleic acid tests in many Chinese cities, especially major centers such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, as the annual Spring Festival travel rush approaches, said several testing institutions reached by the Global Times on Monday.
- Xiongan New Area to test all residents amid COVID-19 outbreaks in Hebei Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei Province, which is roughly 100 kilometers south of Beijing, will carry out a massive coronavirus testing for all residents amid the latest outbreaks in the province that has infected more than 500 people.
- COVID-19 cases in multiple Chinese cities traced to overseas sources Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- Sporadic COVID-19 cases that recently erupted in Chinese cities were traced to imported sources and showed a longer incubation period, faster transmission and more complex pattern, epidemiological investigations and virus gene sequencing analyses show.
- China has likely administered over 10 mln doses, long way to go to 50 mln before Spring Festival: expert Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- China has likely vaccinated more than 10 million doses in mass inoculation efforts for first high-risk groups so far, experts estimated, as health departments ramped up the national immunization plan, racing against infection resurgences in a number of provinces including Hebei.
- All rural villages in Beijing's Shunyi district in lockdown Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- Beijing has imposed closed-off management on all rural villages in its Shunyi district, where a cluster of COVID-19 infections was found in the past two days. The Shunyi outbreak is not connected with a recent flare-up of infections in neighboring Hebei Province, said a Beijing government official.
- Wuhan traces contacts of COVID-19 cases reported in Shijiazhuang Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- Wuhan, the capital city of Central China's Hubei Province, is aggressively tracing local people who may have had close contact with two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Shijiazhuang, the latest city hit hard by the coronavirus in North China's Hebei Province, said Wuhan's health authority.
- WHO experts to arrive in China for COVID-19 origin tracing probe Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- As agreed by the two sides, the World Health Organization (WHO) will send experts to China on Thursday and work with Chinese experts to investigate the origin of COVID-19, said China's National Health Commission (NHC).
- Clustered outbreak emerges in Beijing village, officials warn of vulnerability in epidemic control Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- A clustered outbreak of COVID-19 infections has emerged in a village in Beijing, amid warnings that China's villages could be a potential weak spot in the country's epidemic control efforts.
- China sees three-digit COVID-19 cases for first time in five months; medical teams rush to aid Hebei Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- The number of COVID-19 cases in North China's Hebei Province continued to surge Monday, as the province reported 82 new confirmed cases, and medical teams from other provinces including Central China's Hubei Province rushed to help.
- County in NE China's Heilongjiang in lockdown after identifying 26 asymptomatic cases and over 1,000 close contacts Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- Wangkui county in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province has entered lockdown with restrictions on transportation and residential communities after detecting 26 COVID-19 asymptomatic patients on Monday. The outbreak has also spread to the neighboring Jilin Province.
- Asymptomatic infections likely trigger fresh outbreaks in China, new challenge to virus control work Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- The Chinese mainland is facing a rising virus outbreak in multiple cities ahead of its biggest annual festival following the lockdown of a county in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Monday, after the de facto lockdown in Shijiazhuang, capital city of North China's Hebei Province and the number of daily new cases reaching triple-digits in one day for the first time in five months.
- Chinese mainland reports 85 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 103 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, of whom 85 were locally transmitted and the rest arrived from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said Monday.
- COVID-19 "patient zero" in China's Hebei infected in December: authorities People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- The "patient zero" of this round of COVID-19 outbreak in north China's Hebei Province may have been infected before Dec. 15, 2020, local health authorities said Sunday.
- China's Hebei adds 4 more COVID-19 medium-risk areas People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- North China's Hebei Province added four COVID-19 medium-risk areas on Sunday, bringing the province's number of medium-risk areas to 21, the provincial health commission said Sunday.
- HKSAR gov't to step up tracing of COVID-19 cases: HKSAR chief secretary People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Matthew Cheung said on Sunday that the HKSAR government will step up its efforts to trace close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
- Beijing tightens taxi, ride-hailing rules for COVID-19 control People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- Beijing has tightened rules for the city's taxi and ride-hailing services after a new asymptomatic COVID-19 case was reported Saturday involving a driver on a ride-hailing platform.
- China's Hebei reports 82 locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- North China's Hebei Province reported 82 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and 49 asymptomatic cases on Sunday, the provincial health commission said Monday.
- China's Liaoning reports 2 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- China's Liaoning Province on Sunday reported two locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases in the provincial capital Shenyang, the provincial health commission said on Monday.
- China's Changchun reports 4 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, reported four asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 between midnight Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, local authorities said.
- China's Heilongjiang reports 8 asymptomatic COVID-19 cases People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- Northeast China's Heilongjiang reported eight new asymptomatic novel coronavirus infections on Sunday, local health authorities said on Monday.
- Britain Launches Largest Ever Vaccination Program VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- The British government Monday launched an ambitious coronavirus vaccination plan, with the goal of having 15 million citizens inoculated by the middle of next month.
- UK Unveils Vaccination Plan, Says Meeting Target With 2.3Mln Already Vaccinated Sputnik 11 Jan 2021 -- The UK government on Monday unveiled a mammoth vaccination distribution plan to cover tens of millions of people in the country.
- Flexing COVID lockdown rules "could be fatal": UK health secretary People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Sunday warned that flexing the COVID-19 lockdown rules "could be fatal", urging the general public to stay at home amid surging coronavirus infections.
- UK records another 54,940 coronavirus cases, 563 deaths People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- Another 54,940 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 3,072,349, according to official figures released Sunday.
- Concerns mount over UK's mass Covid-19 vaccination program Press TV 11 Jan 2021 -- As the pandemic rages in the UK, driven for the most part by the new coronavirus variant, popularly referred to as the "British Virus", the British government has been at pains to showcase its success in rolling out a mass vaccination program.
- MIS-C cases among children in Sweden surge to 100, raising alarm about ICU bed shortage People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- Around 100 children in Sweden have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) after contracting COVID-19, raising alarm about a shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds, local media reported Saturday.
- Russia Reports 23,315 New COVID-19 Cases, 436 Deaths on Monday SPA 11 Jan 2021 -- Russia reported 23,315 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 4,646 in Moscow, taking the national tally - the world's fourth highest - to 3,425,269 since the pandemic began, Reuters reported.
- Gamaleya Institute Chief Believes Russia Also Has Its Unique Coronavirus Strain Sputnik 11 Jan 2021 -- Alexander Gintsburg, the head of Russia's Gamaleya research institute, expressed the belief on Monday that there is a unique strain of coronavirus in the country, just like in the United Kingdom, but it has not been detected yet.
- India continues to report Sustained Decline in daily New cases; 16,311 new cases in the last 24 hours India PIB 11 Jan 2021 -- India has been registering declining daily new cases since many days continuously. 16,311 New Cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.
- PM chairs meeting with CMs on COVID-19 vaccination India PIB 11 Jan 2021 -- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting with Chief Ministers and Administrators of all States and Union Territories to review the status and preparedness for COVID-19 vaccination on 11th January, 2021, via video conferencing.
- India Aims to Inoculate 300 Million by July VOA 11 Jan 2021 -- India will roll out an ambitious nationwide vaccination drive against COVID-19 on Saturday, aiming to inoculate 300 million people, or nearly one quarter of the population, by July.
- Rouhani says administration set to make a reliable vaccine IRNA 11 Jan 2021 -- President Hassan Rouhani on Monday said that his administration is both working on production of a reliable vaccine and also supporting knowledge-based companies and all centers engaged in producing and buying coronavirus vaccines.
- Iran to import some 2m doses of COVID-19 vaccines by yearend: Health official IRNA 11 Jan 2021 -- Iran has plans to import some two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from India, Russia and China by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20), Iranian health official said on Monday.
- Iran COVID-19 death toll hits 91 IRNA 11 Jan 2021 -- Spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari announced here on Monday that the COVID-19 death toll in Iran has reached 91 over the past 24 hours.
- COVID-19 death toll in Tehran Province drops to 17 IRNA 11 Jan 2021 -- Some 17 deaths caused by COVID-19 over the past 24 hours in Tehran Province, Governor General of Tehran Province Anoushiravan Mohseni Bandpei announced on Monday.
- S.Korean president says to seek dialogue with DPRK, offer free COVID-19 vaccines to all domestically People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that his government can hold dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) anytime, anywhere and even in a contactless way.
- 140 New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases, 158 Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia SPA 11 Jan 2021 -- The Ministry of Health announced, in a statement, here today that 140 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) have been reported, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 363,949, including 1,948 active cases undergoing treatment.
- Taiwan reports 6 new imported COVID-19 cases CNA 11 Jan 2021 -- Taiwan on Monday reported six additional imported COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of the cases in the country to 834, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Cuba reports record number of daily cases of COVID-19 Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- Cuba reported three more deaths and a record 388 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) reported on Sunday.
- Chile closes week with highest numbers of daily COVID-19 cases in six months Global Times 11 Jan 2021 -- Over the past week, Chile has recorded the highest numbers of new daily cases of COVID-19 in the last six months, with more than 4,000 cases registered for the third consecutive day, bringing the total number of cases to 641,923, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday.
- Brazil registers over 8.1 mln cases, 203,100 deaths People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- Brazil reported another 469 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the national count to 203,100, said the health ministry.
- Lockdown of Australia's third largest city ends after no new COVID-19 cases detected People's Daily 11 Jan 2021 -- A three-day lockdown of Australia's third largest city of Brisbane will be lifted after no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 were recorded over the weekend, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed Monday.
- Indonesia Greenlights China's Sinovac Vaccine For Emergency Use Radio Free Asia 11 Jan 2021 -- Indonesia on Monday authorized emergency use of a coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac, becoming the first country outside China to approve the drug, ahead of a mass inoculation drive this week.
- Prominent Composer Dies Of COVID In 'Coronavirus-Free' Turkmenistan RFE/RL 11 Jan 2021 -- Prominent Turkmen composer Rejep Rejepov has died of COVID-19 in the Central Asian nation, where authorities continue to deny the presence of the coronavirus within the country's borders.
- Malaysia Buys Additional 12.2 Million Doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine SPA 11 Jan 2021 -- Malaysia on Monday signed a deal to buy an additional 12.2 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by U.S. and German drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech, the health ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.
- UAE Announces 2,404 New COVID-19 Cases, 2,454 Recoveries, and 3 Deaths in Last 24 Hours SPA 11 Jan 2021 -- The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 133,458 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
- Egypt Health Minister Claims COVID-19 Death Rate in Nation Dropping Sputnik 11 Jan 2021 -- The coronavirus death rate during the second wave of the pandemic in Egypt appears to be half that of the first wave, according to Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed.
- South Africa to Receive at Least 20Mln Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine by July Sputnik 11 Jan 2021 -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that his country is expected to receive at least 20 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine within the next six months.
- Palestinian National Authority Registers Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Against Coronavirus, RDIF Says Sputnik 11 Jan 2021 -- Palestinian National Authority became the first to register Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in the Middle East, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev said Monday.
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