27 January 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- US Security Officials Warn of 'Heightened' Domestic Threat VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- U.S. security officials warn ongoing anger over the outcome of the recent presidential election, as well as other grievances, could fuel new violence across the country in the coming weeks and months.
- DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin DHS 27 Jan 2021 -- The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin today after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners.
- Three Individuals Affiliated With the Oath Keepers Indicted in Federal Court for Conspiracy to Obstruct Congress on Jan. 6, 2021 US Dept. of Justice 27 Jan 2021 -- Three individuals associated with the Oath Keepers, a paramilitary organization focused on recruitment of current and former military, law enforcement, and first responder personnel, were indicted today in federal court in the District of Columbia for conspiring to obstruct Congress, among other charges.
- Michigan Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Kidnap Governor VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- A man charged in a plot to kidnap the governor of the U.S. state of Michigan pleaded guilty to conspiracy Wednesday.
- DC National Guard commander's authorities restricted ahead of US Capitol breach Press TV 27 Jan 2021 -- The commander of DC National Guard says his authorities were restricted ahead of the Jan. 6 deadly breach of the US Capitol by former President Donald Trump's supporters.
- Ukraine Says Group Of Banking Hackers Exposed After Causing $2.5 Billion In Losses RFE/RL 27 Jan 2021 -- Ukrainian authorities say they have exposed a group of hackers who interfered with the computer network servers of several European and U.S. banks, causing losses of $2.5 billion.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Weekly Epidemiological Update WHO 27 Jan 2021
- World Surpasses 100 Million Coronavirus Cases VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- As countries deal with coronavirus vaccine access, supply and distribution difficulties, the world surpassed 100 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with more than 2.1 million deaths.
- Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 mln -- Johns Hopkins University People's Daily 27 Jan 2021 -- Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 100 million on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
- Bilateral vaccine deals putting WHO-led COVAX at risk: Tedros People's Daily 27 Jan 2021 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday that bilateral deals on COVID-19 vaccines between countries and companies are putting at risk the promise of COVAX, the WHO-led global initiative aimed to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
- Gamba 'deeply concerned' over COVID impact on children caught in conflict UN News 27 Jan 2021 -- Child rights must be considered in measures designed to contain coronavirus spread, the UN's advocate for boys and girls caught in armed conflict said on Wednesday in an appeal to Member States.
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers On State's Progress During Covid-19 Pandemic New York State 27 Jan 2021
- Biden Health Official: US to Surpass 500,000 COVID Deaths in February VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- The new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted Wednesday that the COVID-19 death toll in the United States would surpass 500,000 by February 20.
- Public Health Experts Cheer Biden COVID Plan, But Is It Bold Enough? VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- When President Joe Biden released a 200-page, bullet-point-laden national coronavirus plan the day after taking office, public health experts cheered.
- January marks deadliest month for COVID-19 in US Press TV 27 Jan 2021 -- January has turned into the deadliest month for the United States since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- China cautious to give seniors vaccine as provinces skip plan and await trials data for elderly Global Times 27 Jan 2021 -- As China planned to vaccinate 50 million people before Spring Festival, some Chinese cities started registering people from 18 to 59 but suspended the registration for elderly people, considering data of vaccine clinical trials for their age group has yet to be released, in sharp contrast to some Western countries that have been vaccinating seniors even though the Pfizer vaccine they used included very few seniors during clinical trials.
- Update: 22.77 million vaccines already administered in China as nation rushes to inoculate 50 million people before festival Global Times 27 Jan 2021 -- China has administered 22.77 million coronavirus vaccine doses, Chinese authorities said on Wednesday, marking a step closer for China to reach the target of inoculating 50 million people before the Chinese New Year.
- Chinese mainland reports 55 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 27 Jan 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 75 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 55 locally transmitted and 20 arriving from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- WHO commends China for submitting COVID-19 vaccines data for assessment People's Daily 27 Jan 2021 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) commends China for submitting data of its COVID-19 vaccines to the WHO for the Emergency Use Listing procedure, a top WHO expert said on Tuesday.
- Chinese vaccines bring relief in global COVID-19 battle People's Daily 27 Jan 2021 -- In Brazil's northern Amazonas state, 68-year-old Isabel Cezerio, a member of the Ticuna ethnic group, became the first indigenous person in her village to get CoronaVac, a COVID-19 vaccine, on Jan. 19.
- Beijing Introduces Anal Swabs Amid Tightened COVID-19 Testing Rules Radio Free Asia 27 Jan 2021 -- A move by health authorities in Beijing to include anal swabs in the city's arsenal of COVID-19 testing options has sparked an outcry on China's tightly controlled internet.
- 'This Kind of Propaganda is an Insult to The Dead': COVID-19 Campaigner Zhang Hai Radio Free Asia 27 Jan 2021 -- As a global team of researchers sent to Wuhan by the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic left quarantine to begin its work this week, a campaigning family member of a man who died in the first wave of the pandemic has warned that the team risks becoming a propaganda tool of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
- Xi praises Macao's efforts to contain COVID-19 Global Times 27 Jan 2021 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wed praised Macao govt's efforts to contain the virus that have resulted in zero local cases for over 300 consecutive days, which won high appreciation from Macao residents, after hearing a work report by the Macao Special Administrative Region's Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng.
- Tensions Escalate Between EU, AstraZeneca Over Vaccine Delivery VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- Tensions escalated Wednesday between the European Union and the British-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca regarding the company's failure to meet a target to deliver 400 million doses of its COVD-19 vaccine to the regional bloc.
- As UK Hits 100,000 COVID Deaths, Government Vows to 'Learn Lessons' VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- Looking through family photographs at his home in Leeds, England, Gordon Bonner, 86, said he was lost in a "hinterland of despair and desolation." It's been nine months since Muriel, his wife of 63 years, died from COVID-19. He was called to her bedside for the final moments.
- UK coronavirus-related death toll tops 100,000 People's Daily 27 Jan 2021 -- The number of people who died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in Britain has surpassed 100,000 after another 1,631 have been confirmed, according to official figures released Tuesday.
- Norway Cancels Major Drill Joint Viking for Fear of Mutated COVID Spread Sputnik 27 Jan 2021 -- The main goal of the drill Joint Viking numbering some 10,000 soldiers, including Norway's NATO allies, was to practice the defence of the country. The drill would have taken place in late February and March 2021 in northermost Norway, including the border area.
- Moscow Relaxes COVID-19 Curbs, Allowing Restaurants, Bars To Open At Night RFE/RL 27 Jan 2021 -- Authorities in Moscow have lifted some coronavirus restrictions, including the overnight closure of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, citing the improving health situation.
- Russia Reports 17,741 New COVID-19 Cases, 594 Deaths SPA 27 Jan 2021 -- Russia on Wednesday reported 17,741 new COVID-19 cases, taking its official tally to 3,774,672, Reuters reported.
- Moscow Relaxes COVID-19 Restrictions VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- Authorities in Moscow have lifted some coronavirus restrictions, including the overnight closure of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, citing the improving health situation.
- India Vaccinates 2 Million Health Workers SPA 27 Jan 2021 -- India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, a sharp decline from a peak level of nearly 100,000 in mid-September.
- Skepticism of domestic vaccine slows India's vaccination plan due to lack of data Global Times 27 Jan 2021 -- More than one week has passed since India launched the reportedly "world's biggest inoculation program," for which it vowed to vaccinate 300 million people from high-risk groups by the end of July, however, some issues, especially the lack of confidence in its domestic vaccine, may prevent the country from realizing its ambition, observers said.
- India's daily Recoveries outnumber daily New Cases since last 20 Days India PIB 27 Jan 2021 -- The daily recovered cases in India continue to surpass the daily new cases. The daily recoveries have overtaken the daily new cases since last 20 days.
- Update on COVID-19 Vaccination India PIB 27 Jan 2021 -- The countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was conducted successfully on the twelfth day. Planned sessions were conducted in 28 States/UTs.
- Pakistan To Launch COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Next Week RFE/RL Gandhara 27 Jan 2021 -- Pakistan will begin its COVID-19 inoculation drive next week, authorities say, with frontline health workers to be the first to receive jabs.
- COVID-19 causes 91 more deaths in Iran IRNA 27 Jan 2021 -- Some 91 deaths were caused by COVID-19 in Iran over the past 24 hours, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Sadat Lari said on Wednesday.
- Health Ministry: 216 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Saudi Arabia SPA 27 Jan 2021 -- The Ministry of Health said in a statement today that 216 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; thus bringing the total number to 367,023 confirmed cases, including 2,115 active cases, receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 348 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Taiwan reports three new imported cases of COVID-19 CNA 27 Jan 2021 -- Taiwan on Wednesday confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19 and reported no locally transmitted cases for the third consecutive day, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Quarantine, testing continue in bid to control Taoyuan COVID cluster CNA 27 Jan 2021 -- A total of 3,482 people linked to a cluster of COVID-19 cases at Taoyuan General Hospital are currently in quarantine, and more tests will be conducted among the medical staff in the coming weeks, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) officials said Wednesday.
- DPP slammed for claims of mainland "forcing" Taiwan businessmen to get vaccinated Global Times 27 Jan 2021 -- The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has blasted the Democratic Progressive Party authority and pro-secessionist media on the island of Taiwan for creating and spreading rumors that the Chinese mainland was making businessmen from Taiwan in the mainland take "semi-forced" COVID-19 vaccination.
- Deaths in Mexico Jumped 37% in 1st 8 Months of 2020 Amid Pandemic SPA 27 Jan 2021 -- Deaths in Mexico jumped nearly 37% between January and August as the coronavirus pandemic swept the country, with over 184,000 more deaths than during the same period in 2019, Reuters cited Mexico's statistics institute (INEGI) as saying today.
- Mexico Reports 7,165 New Coronavirus Cases, 1,743 more Deaths SPA 27 Jan 2021 -- Mexico's health ministry on Tuesday reported 7,165 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 1,743 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,788,905 cases and 152,016 deaths.
- Malaysia begins phase 3 trials of China-developed COVID-19 vaccine People's Daily 27 Jan 2021 -- Malaysia has begun a phase 3 clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the Institute of Medical Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (IMBCAMS), the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
- UN calls on Israel to provide Palestinians with coronavirus vaccines Press TV 27 Jan 2021 -- The United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to help ensure Palestinians will receive COVID-19 vaccinations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Indonesia Reports Record Daily Increase in Coronavirus Deaths SPA 27 Jan 2021 -- Indonesia reported a record daily increase in coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, with 387 new fatalities, data from the country's COVID-19 task force showed. This brought the total number of deaths to 28,855.
- Tanzanian President Expresses Doubt on Coronavirus Vaccines VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli has warned his health ministry against rushing to adopt COVID-19 vaccines, suggesting the vaccines may not be safe or effective.
- Zimbabwe Buries 2 Ministers, Former Prison Chief Amid COVID-19 Surge VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- Zimbabwe's government held burials Wednesday for two Cabinet ministers and a former prison official who died from COVID-19. The Cabinet now has lost four ministers to the coronavirus â€” three of them this month â€” and more than 1,000 people overall. Public health experts blame Zimbabwe's collapsed healthcare system.
- Barbados PM Brings Back Lockdown to Bring Rise of COVID-19 Infections Under Control VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- The Caribbean island nation of Barbados will return to a two-week lockdown next Wednesday, which includes wearing a face mask in all public places, as part of an initiative to curtail a rise in COVID-19 cases.
- Colombia Mourns Defense Minister COVID-19 Related Death VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- Colombia is mourning the COVID-19 related death of Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who passed away Tuesday after two weeks in a Bogota hospital.
- Peru President Announces Two-Week Lockdown to Curb a Rise in COVID-19 Infections VOA 27 Jan 2021 -- Peru begins a 15-day lockdown Sunday in nine regions and the capital, Lima, to curb a second surge in COVID-19 cases.
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