18 January 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Statement by Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on National Guard Support in Washington, D.C. DoD 18 Jan 2021
- Washington D.C. mayor concerned about potential attack on city's residential area People's Daily 18 Jan 2021 -- Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Sunday expressed concern about possible attacks on the city's residential area as President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration approached.
- Telegram Blocked Hundreds of Public Calls for Violence Last Week, CEO Says Sputnik 18 Jan 2021 -- Telegram cracked down on hundreds of public calls for violence last week in the wake of the January 6 US Capitol unrest, the messenger's founder Pavel Durov said Monday.
- Pentagon to Vet Guardsmen Deployed to DC But Sees No Sign of Insider Threat, Secretary Miller Says Sputnik 18 Jan 2021 -- US Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Monday that the Defense Department will vet National Guard personnel deployed to Washington ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, but the Pentagon has received no intelligence indicating an insider threat.
- Violent attempt at US Capitol to 'overturn' election, shocking and incendiary: independent UN experts UN News 18 Jan 2021 -- A group of independent UN rights experts released a statement on Monday condemning the violent storming of the United States Capitol building in Washington DC on 6 January, which they described as a shocking and incendiary attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election.
- US Tightens Security Checks Ahead of Biden Inauguration VOA 18 Jan 2021 -- U.S. security officials say they are taking every precaution to guard against an attack on President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, including FBI security screening of the 25,000 members of the National Guard assigned to Washington to protect the event.
- Pakistan Arrests Suspected Islamic State 'Fundraiser' VOA 18 Jan 2021 -- Authorities in Pakistan said Monday they have arrested a university student in the southern port city of Karachi for allegedly collecting and sending funds to Islamic State militants fighting in Syria.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- WHO chief warns against 'catastrophic moral failure' in COVID-19 vaccine access UN News 18 Jan 2021 -- A "me-first approach" to COVID-19 vaccines on the part of some countries and manufacturers is putting equitable access to these lifesaving treatments at risk, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.
- WHO Chief: World on Brink of 'Moral Failure' Over COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution VOA 18 Jan 2021 -- The head of the World Health Organization says the world is "on the brink of a moral catastrophic failure" for its unequal sharing of COVID-19 vaccinations.
- WHO Chief Warns About Inequity of Global COVID Vaccine Campaign VOA 18 Jan 2021 -- The head of the World Health Organization is calling for greater global equity in COVID-19 vaccinations, saying rich countries need to share vaccines with poor countries.
- Scientists see new evidence S.African variant binds more readily to human cells SPA 18 Jan 2021 -- Scientists have new biological evidence that the so-called South African coronavirus variant binds more readily and strongly to human cells, making it more infectious, top local epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim said on Monday, Reuters reported.
- Fauci: Biden's 100 Million COVID Inoculations in 100 Days is 'Doable' VOA 18 Jan 2021 -- The top U.S. infectious disease expert said Sunday that President-elect Joe Biden's ambitious plan to inoculate 100 million people with the COVID vaccine in the first 100 days of his presidency "is absolutely a doable thing."
- U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout data in long-term facilities raises public concern People's Daily 18 Jan 2021 -- About a month after COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in the United States, it is still impossible for the public and the media to track the rollout of vaccines in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term-care facilities (LTCF) in most states, said a latest report of The COVID Tracking Project.
- Biden chief of staff warns US COVID deaths will reach 500,000 by end of February Press TV 18 Jan 2021 -- US President-elect Joe Biden's incoming chief of staff Ron Klain has warned that the COVID death toll in the US will reach 500,000 by the end of February as Biden is set to assume control of a struggling economy and surging coronavirus outbreak in less than two days.
- Governor Cuomo Requests to Purchase COVID-19 Vaccines Directly from Pfizer New York State 18 Jan 2021
- Governor Cuomo Issues Letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Demanding Explanation for False Claim That Vaccine Doses 'Held in Physical Reserve' Would Be Shipped to States New York State 18 Jan 2021
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic New York State 18 Jan 2021
- Tracing origin of latest COVID-19 spike in Hebei most 'difficult,' says CDC director Global Times 18 Jan 2021 -- The work of tracing the origin for the latest outbreak in North China's Hebei Province is most difficult, China's CDC director Gao Fu was quoted as saying in a post published on the CDC's website as the province sees double-digit increases in new cases and major cities are under strict lockdown.
- Beijing's new COVID-19 cases may indicate more hidden asymptomatic infections, larger testing required: experts Global Times 18 Jan 2021 -- Beijing reported two local COVID-19 cases on Monday, including one who works at a local news organization.
- 11 Chinese regions under de facto lockdown amid coronavirus infections Global Times 18 Jan 2021 -- As the novel coronavirus sees a resurgence in China, at least 11 regions in three provinces adopted de facto lockdown measures and rolled out massive free nucleic acid tests among populations to curb the spread of the virus.
- Update: Company reports negative coronavirus testing results before screening all samples, person in charge detained Global Times 18 Jan 2021 -- A company hired to process COVID-19 nucleic acid tests in Longyao county of Xingtai, North China's Hebei Province, reported samples from a mass testing of hundreds of thousands of local residents had all produced negative results, when it had not even completed testing of all samples, several of which included positive results. Police detained the person in charge of the company on Sunday.
- More than 100,000 drivers in Beijing on car-hailing platforms vaccinated against COVID-19 Global Times 18 Jan 2021 -- As of 6 pm on Sunday, over 100,000 drivers registered on Chinese car-hailing platform Didi Chuxing in Beijing have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and those who have not been vaccinated should provide a negative coronavirus test taken within seven days before providing services to the public, the Chinese car-hailing service platform said.
- Hebei to reexamine COVID-19 results after testing agency conceals positive cases Global Times 18 Jan 2021 -- The governor of North China's Hebei Province has demanded a rescreening of all COVID-19 testing results carried out by third-party agencies in a bid to detect loopholes or falsifying of data, after one of the agencies in charge of sample processing in Longyao county, Xingtai reportedly hid three positive results, despite the coronavirus outbreak ravaging the region.
- UK plans to end COVID-19 lockdown in March: local media People's Daily 18 Jan 2021 -- The British government is planning to end the COVID-19 lockdown in March after cabinet members agreed that waiting until the summer when most people will have been vaccinated would lead to yet more economic misery, British media reported Sunday.
- UK records another 38,598 coronavirus cases People's Daily 18 Jan 2021 -- Another 38,598 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, the lowest daily increase since the start of the year, according to official figures released Sunday.
- More than 4 million Britons receive first COVID-19 vaccine dose, official reports say SPA 18 Jan 2021 -- More than four million people have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, according to official data on Monday which showed there had been a further 37,535 cases reported and 599 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, Reuters quoted the report as saying.
- France Expects 140,000 Fewer Vaccine Doses This Week as Pfizer Cuts Back Supplies Sputnik 18 Jan 2021 -- France expects to receive 140,000 doses less of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this week, after the slowdown in vaccine deliveries to European countries, announced by the pharmaceutical company, Agnes Pannier-Runacher, the minister delegate in charge of the industry for the economy minister, told CNEWS on Monday.
- Germany's Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise by 7,141 SPA 18 Jan 2021 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 7,141 to 2,040,659, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.
- Russia Launches Mass COVID Vaccination Campaign RFE/RL 18 Jan 2021 -- Russia has launched a mass coronavirus vaccination campaign opened to all Russians in a bid to stem the spread of the virus without reimposing a new nationwide lockdown.
- Russia Reports 22,857 New Coronavirus Cases, 471 Deaths SPA 18 Jan 2021 -- Russia reported 22,857 new coronavirus cases on Monday, including 3,679 in Moscow, taking the national tally - the world's fourth highest - to 3,591,066, Reuters reported.
- India's Total Recovered Cases leap past Active Cases by more than 1cr India PIB 18 Jan 2021 -- In a landmark achievement, India's total recovered cases have leaped over the Active caseload by more than one crore today.
- Update on COVID-19 Vaccination India PIB 18 Jan 2021 -- The third day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully.
- A few COVID-19 vaccine recipients show adverse effects in India People's Daily 18 Jan 2021 -- A few of the COVID-19 vaccine recipients from several parts in India, who took the vaccination doses on Saturday, have complained of adverse effects over the past 24 hours.
- Some 83 deaths caused by COVID-19 in Iran IRNA 18 Jan 2021 -- Some 83 deaths were caused by COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari said on Monday.
- Iran buys 16.8 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX: report People's Daily 18 Jan 2021 -- A senior Iranian health official said on Sunday that Iran has purchased 16.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX, the state TV reported.
- S. Korea Reports 1st COVID-19 Variant Case from Brazil SPA 18 Jan 2021 -- South Korea's health authorities on Monday confirmed the country's first case of the new coronavirus variant that was first identified in Brazil, Yonhap reported.
- S Korea to Form Herd Immunity Against COVID-19 Within Vaccination Programme by Fall, President Says Sputnik 18 Jan 2021 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that the nation would likely achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus disease under the government immunisation program by November of this year.
- 170 New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases, 161 Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia SPA 18 Jan 2021 -- The Ministry of Health announced, in a statement, here today that 170 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) have been reported, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 365,099, including 1,922 active cases undergoing treatment.
- Fifth domestic COVID-19 case confirmed in Taoyuan hospital cluster CNA 18 Jan 2021 -- Taiwan on Monday reported the fifth COVID-19 case in a domestic cluster infection at a hospital in Taoyuan, where four other medical workers were confirmed over the past week to be infected, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- CECC to set up 'command post' at hospital after 5 COVID-19 cases CNA 18 Jan 2021 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced Monday that it will set up a "command post" at a Taoyuan government hospital where five medical workers have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as implement additional safety measures to prevent further spread of the disease.
- Brazil approves emergency use of China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines People's Daily 18 Jan 2021 -- Brazil's (National Health Surveillance Agency) has approved the emergency use of coronavirus vaccines developed by Chinese drug maker Sinovac Biotech.
- Russian Authorities Say 'Coronavirus-Free' Turkmenistan Registers Sputnik-V Vaccine RFE/RL 18 Jan 2021 -- The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) says Turkmenistan has registered Russia's Sputnik-V vaccine against COVID-19 even though the country claims to have no cases of the coronavirus.
- Malawi Announces New Lockdown Measures as COVID Cases Surge VOA 18 Jan 2021 -- Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has introduced new lockdown measures to contain a jump in confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19. The restrictions include school closures, a night-time curfew, and no gatherings over 50 people.
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