15 February 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Independent Commission to Be Created to Investigate January 6 Events, US House Speaker Says Sputnik 15 Feb 2021 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the US Congress will establish a special commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
- Microsoft President Says Cyberattack Blamed On Russian Hackers Was 'Most Sophisticated' Ever RFE/RL 15 Feb 2021 -- A hacking campaign that U.S. intelligence services have said Russia likely was behind is "probably the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen," Microsoft President Brad Smith said.
- Red Cross Urges for Immediate Response Amid Ebola Outbreak in Guinea Sputnik 15 Feb 2021 -- The resurgence of the Ebola disease in Guinea requires a fast response that will allow the country to mitigate the negative impact of the epidemic, which is happening against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 health crisis, the IFRC Regional Director for Africa, Mohammed Mukhier said on Monday.
- Three die as new Ebola outbreak declared in southern Guinea UN News 15 Feb 2021 -- Guinean health authorities have declared an outbreak of Ebola in a rural community in the south of the country, with at least seven people infected, three of whom died, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday.
- With 3 Ebola Cases Confirmed, Guinea Prepares to Welcome MSF Mission VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- After three Ebola cases were confirmed in Guinea, local health authorities declared an outbreak in the rural area of Gou√©k√© in N'Zerekore on January 14.
- Guinea Government Confirms New Ebola Outbreak Near Liberian Border VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- The government of Guinea has confirmed a new Ebola outbreak in the southeastern city of Nzerekore, near the border with Liberia. Nzerekore was ground zero of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,300 people.
- African Union to Deploy Emergency Team to Guinea Battered by New Ebola Outbreak Sputnik 15 Feb 2021 -- The African Union is due to send an emergency team of experts to Guinea as part of efforts aimed to tackle an Ebola outbreak, recently detected by the government of the Western African nation.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- COVID Not Going Anywhere Soon VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- Scientists say the rapidly evolving coronavirus will be circulating among the world's population for some time.
- WHO Grants Emergency Approval to 2 AstraZeneca Vaccines VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- The World Health Organization announced Monday it has approved two versions of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, a move that will boost global supplies in the coming weeks.
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic New York State 15 Feb 2021
- Mixed Messages From WHO Wuhan Investigation Raises Concerns Over Transparency Radio Free Asia 15 Feb 2021 -- A World Health Organization (WHO) team sent to Wuhan to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has sent out mixed signals regarding the transparency of the probe, Chinese commentators said on Monday.
- China reports one new domestic virus infection, breaking 7-day zero case streak Global Times 15 Feb 2021 -- The Chinese mainland reported one new domestic COVID-19 case on Monday, breaking the previous seven-day zero case streak.
- European countries eyeing Chinese COVID-19 vaccines amid delivery crisis Global Times 15 Feb 2021 -- As Hungary joined Serbia in spearheading mass inoculation with China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in Europe, other European countries are struggling against a vaccine delivery crisis and exploring a way out of lockdown and into economic recovery.
- UK PM under rising pressure to lift all COVID lockdown restrictions by end of April Global Times 15 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to lift all COVID-19 lockdowns in two and a half months as lockdown-sceptic Tories called on him to commit to a timetable for easing the restrictions with a complete end to controls by the end of April.
- Boris Johnson appears bullish on lockdown exit but admits nothing is 'guaranteed' Press TV 15 Feb 2021 -- Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has given his most optimistic briefing on the pandemic in months by predicting the "irreversible" easing of coronavirus restrictions in the weeks and months ahead.
- Boris Johnson Says Third Lockdown to be UK's Last, Easing Restrictions 'Cautious But Irreversible' Sputnik 15 Feb 2021 -- The United Kingdom entered into its third national lockdown following the discovery of a new fast-spreading variant of the virus in December last year. As the vaccine begins to be rolled out to the most vulnerable groups, the Conservative government is facing demands to begin easing restrictions.
- Britain Begins Quarantine for Travelers from 'Red List' Countries VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- Britain on Monday launched its quarantine program for travelers arriving from 33 "red list" countries determined to be a high risk for COVID-19, as part of its effort to keep variant strains of the coronavirus out of the country.
- British PM Calls for Global Treaty on Pandemics VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday suggested he would support a global treaty on pandemics that would establish standards for data-sharing and transparency.
- Hundreds In Serbia Mourn Medics Killed By COVID-19 RFE/RL 15 Feb 2021 -- Hundreds of people have gathered in central Belgrade to pay their respects to Serbia's doctors and nurses killed by COVID-19 and to demand more to be done to protect health-care workers who are at the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
- Hungary's Orban Seeks Continued Emergency Powers For COVID-19 Response RFE/RL 15 Feb 2021 -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has asked lawmakers for a further extension of emergency powers to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
- 33 States/UTs have less than 5,000 Active Cases India PIB 15 Feb 2021 -- India's total Active Caseload currently stands at 1.39 lakh (1,39,637) today. The active caseload consists of 1.28% of India's total Positive Cases.
- Update on COVID-19 Vaccination- Day 31 India PIB 15 Feb 2021 -- The cumulative number of healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against COVID19 has crossed 85 lakhs today. 85,16,771 beneficiaries were vaccinated through 1,83,664 sessions, as per the provisional report till 6 pm today.
- India May Approve Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine in Next Few Weeks, Ambassador Says Sputnik 15 Feb 2021 -- Indian watchdog may approve Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V in the next few weeks, after which its production in India may be set up, Indian Ambassador in Moscow Venkatesh Varma told Sputnik on Monday.
- Official: COVID-19 claims 83 more lives in Iran IRNA 15 Feb 2021 -- Some 83 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 59,028, Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Monday.
- 314 New Confirmed Covid-19 Cases, 341 Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia SPA 15 Feb 2021 -- The Ministry of Health announced, in a statement here today, that 314 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) have been reported, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 373,046, including 2,682 active cases undergoing treatment.
- Australia preparing for arrival of first COVID-19 vaccines Global Times 15 Feb 2021 -- Minister for Health Greg Hunt said about 80,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine would arrive in Australia "before the end of the week, if not earlier."
- Hotel Quarantine Under Scrutiny as Australian State Races to Contain COVID-19 Outbreak VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- As the Australian state of Victoria enters its third day of a snap COVID-19 lockdown, the national medical association is calling for urgent changes to infection control in hotel quarantine. Australian travelers returning from overseas must go into isolation for at least 14 days on arrival, but doctors are worried that the airborne transmission of the virus is not being taken seriously enough.
- Jordan Reports New 2,312 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases SPA 15 Feb 2021 -- The Jordanian ministry of health reported detecting as many as 2,312 new confirmed cases of the Coronavirus during the last 24-hour, raising the total number of infections to 349,562.
- UAE Announces 3,123 New COVID-19 Cases, 13 Deaths SPA 15 Feb 2021 -- The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 162,774 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
- First Cases of New Coronavirus Strain Found in Cambodia, Health Ministry Says Sputnik 15 Feb 2021 -- Cambodian medics officially reported the first three cases of the new deadlier and faster-spreading COVID-19 strain infections in the country, the Cambodian Health Ministry said on Monday.
- Peru's Foreign Minister Resigns After Getting Vaccine Before Start of Immunization Program Sputnik 15 Feb 2021 -- Peruvian Foreign Minister Elizabeth Astete has submitted her resignation to President Francisco Sagasti after acknowledging that she was vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the mass immunization program in the country.
- Doctors Report Sudden Coronavirus Spike in Somalia VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- Health authorities in Somalia say the country has been hit by a second wave of the coronavirus, blaming travels abroad and public gatherings ahead of elections for the increase in cases.
- Zimbabwe, China Allay Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine Fears VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- Zimbabwe received 200,000 doses Monday of China's Sinopharm vaccine, donated by Beijing to help halt the spread of COVID-19.
- Malawi President Sacks COVID-19 Fund Heads over Alleged Abuse of Covid Funds VOA 15 Feb 2021 -- In a televised address Sunday, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera said he was outraged with alleged abuse of $8 million (MK6.2 billion) he allocated in August for tackling the pandemic.
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