28 January 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- U.S. Homeland Security Dept. issues domestic terrorism alert People's Daily 28 Jan 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday issued a domestic terrorism alert, warning that the country may face heightened threats from domestic violent extremists in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
- US faces heightened threat of politically-motivated violence from Trump supporters, DHS warns Press TV 28 Jan 2021 -- The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned that the country faces a growing threat of politically-motivated domestic violence from people angry at former President Donald Trump's election loss.
- Over 5,000 National Guard troops to remain in Washington through mid-March over security concerns People's Daily 28 Jan 2021 -- More than 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington, D.C. through mid-March amid security concerns, acting Secretary of the Army John Whitley said on Monday.
- Emotet Botnet Disrupted in International Cyber Operation US Dept. of Justice 28 Jan 2021 -- Emotet Malware Infected More than 1.6 Million Victim Computers and Caused Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Damage Worldwide
- Ukraine Launches Criminal Probe Into Meddling In 2020 U.S. Election RFE/RL 28 Jan 2021 -- Ukraine has launched a criminal investigation into attempts to interfere in the November 2020 U.S. presidential election.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- UN chief reiterates call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines People's Daily 28 Jan 2021 -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday reiterated his call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
- WVNG helps state increase COVID-19 vaccinations Army News 28 Jan 2021 -- West Virginia, with the help of the National Guard, set a new benchmark this past week by administering 106% of the federally allotted COVID-19 vaccine.
- DOD Personnel Must Do More to Win Fight Against COVID-19, Special Advisor Says DoD News 28 Jan 2021 -- While the personnel of the Defense Department have already done incredible work to combat the coronavirus, they must do more, said Max Rose, a special advisor on COVID-19 to the defense secretary.
- U.S. ramps up vaccine rollout as January marks deadliest month since COVID-19 outbreak People's Daily 28 Jan 2021 -- The United States is ramping up COVID-19 vaccine rollout as January marks the deadliest month yet since the onset of the pandemic in the country.
- First Two Cases of South African COVID-19 Variant Found in US VOA 28 Jan 2021 -- Health officials in South Carolina said Thursday that they had detected two cases of the South African COVID-19 variant, the first cases in the United States.
- In Wuhan, WHO Team Begins Probe Into Coronavirus Origin VOA 28 Jan 2021 -- World Health Organization investigators exited a two-week quarantine Thursday in Wuhan, China, to begin their work in search of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- WHO team leaves quarantine; research work should abide by country's law: FM spokesperson Global Times 28 Jan 2021 -- The WHO expert team on a mission to conduct scientific research into the novel coronavirus together with Chinese experts is set to leave quarantine on Thursday, and will carry out activities including holding seminars and inspections, on the premise of abiding by the country's relevant laws and regulations, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
- All stevedores at major ports' cold chain facilities have had vaccinations: official Global Times 28 Jan 2021 -- All stevedores working at major ports' cold chain facilities have completed their vaccinations, Wu Chungeng, spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport, said at a press conference on Thursday.
- Spring Festival travel shadowed by excessive virus prevention as some local govts add new restrictions on top of central policy Global Times 28 Jan 2021 -- While China's central government has released guidelines for the management of flows of population amid the Spring Festival to reduce epidemic risks, local governments in a few places are adding further restrictions or adopting one-size-fits-all approaches in implementing the policy, sparking public criticism as being dogmatic with poor governance.
- Anal swab not feasible for mass testing, only being used in a few cities on high-risk groups Global Times 28 Jan 2021 -- News of the use of anal swabs for COVID-19 testing has startled Chinese netizens. The method is more accurate than nose and throat swabs, albeit awkward for recipients. Yet the Global Times learned that anal swabs are not feasible for mass testing and the method is only used in certain Chinese cities, such as Beijing and Qingdao, among certain high-risk groups, such as overseas arrivals.
- Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are becoming global public good People's Daily 28 Jan 2021 -- As it promised last year, China is turning its COVID-19 vaccines into a global public good, contributing to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries.
- Chinese mainland reports 54 new COVID-19 cases People's Daily 28 Jan 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Wednesday recorded 54 new COVID-19 cases â€“ 41 local transmissions and 13 from overseas â€“ the National Health Commission said on Thursday.
- WHO Europe Chief Says Region in Midst of COVID-19 'Pandemic Paradox' VOA 28 Jan 2021 -- The World Health Organization's Europe director Hans Kluge said Thursday the continent is in the midst of what he calls the COVID-19 "pandemic paradox," in which vaccine programs offer remarkable hope, while emerging variants present greater uncertainty and risk.
- Britain Refuses EU's Demand for Vaccine Doses VOA 28 Jan 2021 -- A vaccine war has erupted between Britain and the European Union with Brussels demanding that tens of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses earmarked for Britain, and made by a British pharmaceutical company, be diverted to Europe to make up for a shortfall in promised deliveries.
- UK to impose mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals returning from "red list" countries: PM People's Daily 28 Jan 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that Britain will impose mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals returning from "red list" countries.
- UK-Linked Coronavirus Variant Cases in France Triple in Mere Weeks Sputnik 28 Jan 2021 -- France has seen three times more cases of the new coronavirus strain originating in the United Kingdom within less than a month, the French government's spokesman Gabriel Attal told the France Inter broadcaster on Thursday.
- France counts another 26,916 COVID-19 infections amid new lockdown fears People's Daily 28 Jan 2021 -- France reported 26,916 COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the country's biggest daily tally this month, health authority's data showed on Wednesday.
- Russia's Sputnik V Almost 100% Efficient in Developing Cell Response to COVID-19, Developer Says Sputnik 28 Jan 2021 -- Russia's Sputnik V vaccine's efficiency in formation of cellular immunity to COVID-19 is close to 100 percent, a senior researcher at a genetic engineering laboratory of the Gamaleya institute said on Thursday.
- One of the highest globally, India's Recovery Rate now nearly 97% India PIB 28 Jan 2021 -- With a consistent rise in cumulative recoveries, India's Recovery Rate has reached nearly 97%. India's recovery rate is one of the highest globally.
- Update on COVID-19 Vaccination-Day 13 India PIB 28 Jan 2021 -- The total number of healthcare workers vaccinated against COVID19 till date (the thirteenth day of the vaccination drive) has crossed 28 lakh today.
- Dr Harsh Vardhan chairs 23rd meeting of Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19 India PIB 28 Jan 2021 -- Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare chaired the 23rd meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 by a video-conference, here today. He was joined by Dr S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Sh. Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare and Sh. Nityanand Rai, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, & Chemical and Fertilizers.
- Number of COVID-19 Cases in India Rises by 11,666 Over Past 24 Hours SPA 28 Jan 2021 -- India has confirmed 11,666 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with the total number of those infected having reached 10,701,193, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday, according to Sputnik.
- Iran issues emergency use permit for Russia's Sputnik V vaccine IRNA 28 Jan 2021 -- Spokesman of Iran's Food and Drug Administration Kianoush Jahanpour on Thursday announced that Iran has granted emergency use authorization to Sputnik V, a coronavirus vaccine made by Russia's Gamaleya Center.
- Some 85 deaths caused by COVID-19 in Iran IRNA 28 Jan 2021 -- Some 85 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 Thursday.
- S. Korea Reports 497 new COVID-19 Cases SPA 28 Jan 2021 -- South Korea's health authorities reported 497 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total to reach 76,926.
- Health Ministry: 253 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Saudi Arabia SPA 28 Jan 2021 -- The Ministry of Health said in a statement today that 253 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; thus bringing the total number to 367,276 confirmed cases, including 2,157 active cases, receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 362 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Two new imported COVID-19 cases reported in Taiwan CNA 28 Jan 2021 -- Taiwan on Thursday confirmed two new imported cases of COVID-19 and reported no locally transmitted cases for the fourth consecutive day, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Taiwan ranked 3rd worldwide for COVID-19 performance CNA 28 Jan 2021 -- Taiwan has been listed among the top three countries in the world for its successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, ranking third behind New Zealand and Vietnam, according to an index published Thursday by the Lowry Institute of Australia.
- Genome sequencing shows latest domestic COVID case linked to cluster CNA 28 Jan 2021 -- Although it is still unknown how the two latest domestic COVID-19 cases in Taiwan became infected, genome sequencing has shown that one of them is linked to the cluster infection at Taoyuan General Hospital, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) officials said Thursday.
- Efforts for Making Big Strides in Public Health Work KCNA 28 Jan 2021 -- It is the unanimous will of all the medical workers in the DPRK to provide the citizens with better medical benefits by strictly embodying the Workers' Party of Korea's idea of believing in the people as in Heaven to the public health work and developing the socialist healthcare into the most advantageous and advanced public health.
- Watchdog: 'Widespread' Corruption Impacted COVID-19 Responses In Eastern Europe, Central Asia RFE/RL 28 Jan 2021 -- Transparency International (TI) says in an annual report that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted "widespread corruption" in countries across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where it says "corrupt and authoritarian" leaders have reduced oversight of government spending and curtailed civil liberties.
- Vietnamese City on Lockdown After New Coronavirus Outbreak Radio Free Asia 28 Jan 2021 -- A Vietnamese city will lock down for the next 21 days after newly detected cases of COVID-19 put to an end the country's streak of 55 days with no local transmissions, state media reported.
- Almaty Reimposes Coronavirus Restrictions Amid Case Spike RFE/RL 28 Jan 2021 -- Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, will reimpose coronavirus restrictions from February 1 for an indefinite period.
- UAE Announces 3,966 New COVID-19 Cases, 3,294 Recoveries, 8 Deaths in last 24 hours SPA 28 Jan 2021 -- The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, announced that it conducted 168,781 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
- Colombia Suspends Flights to Brazil for Month Over New COVID-19 Strain Sputnik 28 Jan 2021 -- Colombia has suspended air traffic with Brazil for a month over the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced.
- Tanzania's President Criticized for Dismissing COVID-19 Vaccines VOA 28 Jan 2021 -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli's sharp rejection of COVID-19 vaccines was met Thursday with criticism, concern and confusion.
- COVID Fatigue Risks Sparking Surge of Infections in Africa VOA 28 Jan 2021 -- The World Health Organization warns COVID-19 fatigue in Africa has the potential to drive and produce subsequent new waves of this deadly infectious disease. WHO reports a cumulative total of 3.5 million cases of coronavirus in Africa and 88,000 deaths.
- Africa Working With Private Sector, China, Cuba and Russia to Secure Vaccines VOA 28 Jan 2021 -- African officials say they are working to acquire hundreds of millions of vaccine doses for the continent over the next year and are urging African solidarity in the battle against coronavirus.
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