23 April 2021 Security News
Other Security News
- Al-Qaeda Still Threat to US Personnel in Afghanistan Via Taliban Links - Pentagon Sputnik 23 Apr 2021 -- Al-Qaeda continues to pose a threat to remaining US personnel in Afghanistan through their interaction with the Taliban, the US Department of Defense said in a report to Congress entitled "Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan."
- Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to Foreign Terrorist Organizations US Dept. of Justice 23 Apr 2021 -- Defendant Planned to Travel to Syria to Wage Violent Jihad
- Russia's FSB Detains Members Of Islamic Group In Siberia RFE/RL 23 Apr 2021 -- Security authorities in the Siberian cities of Kemerovo and Novosibirsk say they have apprehended an unspecified number of alleged supporters of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamic group.
- French Police Administrator Killed in Knife attack VOA 23 Apr 2021 -- French authorities have detained three people and opened a terrorism investigation after a man attacked and killed a police administrator Friday with a knife at a police station in a Paris suburb.
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- 90 percent of countries' health services continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic: WHO UN News 23 Apr 2021 -- Over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic and 90% of countries are still reporting one or more disruptions to essential health services. The findings of the second World Health Organization (WHO) "pulse survey" reveal that no substantial global change has been made since the first survey was conducted in the summer of 2020.
- ACT now to speed up funding for COVID-19 tools, UN officials say UN News 23 Apr 2021 -- Although a landmark global collaboration has developed and delivered COVID-19 vaccines and diagnostics worldwide, critical funding shortfalls remain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report published on Friday.
- Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials The White House 23 Apr 2021
- US Agencies OK Resumption of J&J COVID Vaccine Use Despite Clot Risk VOA 23 Apr 2021 -- U.S. health officials on Friday ended an 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson's one-dose shot, after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweighed the risk of rare blood clots.
- Rush Transcript: Governor Cuomo Announces Five New Pop-Up Vaccination Sites With Walk-in Appointments for New York City Bodega, Grocery Store and Supermarket Workers New York State 23 Apr 2021
- Shanghai reports 5 new imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 23 Apr 2021 -- Shanghai reported five imported COVID-19 cases and no domestically transmitted cases Thursday, the municipal health commission said Friday.
- China's Yunnan reports 3 imported COVID-19 cases People's Daily 23 Apr 2021 -- China's Yunnan Province reported three imported COVID-19 cases and one asymptomatic case on Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.
- Chinese mainland reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, all imported People's Daily 23 Apr 2021 -- The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 19 new COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Friday.
- 55 new cases of "double mutation" variant found in UK in latest week: PHE People's Daily 23 Apr 2021 -- A further 55 cases of the coronavirus "double mutation" variant first detected in India have been discovered in Britain in the week to April 21, Public Health England (PHE) said Thursday.
- Orban Says Hungary To Begin Reopening Services As Inoculation Nears 40 Percent RFE/RL 23 Apr 2021 -- Prime Minister Viktor Orban says Hungary will reach a vaccination rate of 40 percent by the middle of next week -- a turning point that would allow it to reopen the services sector to a great extent.
- France reports 5,962 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- French health authorities reported that 5,962 people were in intensive care units with COVID-19 on Friday, 19 fewer than a day earlier, but the figure remains at a very high level as the country prepares to exit its third lockdown, Reuters reported.
- German Health Minister: 'Emergency Brake' To Be Applied Saturday VOA 23 Apr 2021 -- Germany's health minister said Friday the nation's coronavirus vaccination program is picking up momentum just as "emergency brake" COVID-19 restrictions go into effect across the country to slow the spread of the virus.
- Russia reports 8,840 new COVID-19 cases, 398 deaths SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- Russia reported 8,840 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including 2,502 in Moscow, taking the national tally to 4,744,961 since the pandemic began, Reuters reported.
- India Again Reports Daily COVID-19 Infection Record VOA 23 Apr 2021 -- India set a global record in daily infections for a second straight day Friday as it struggles to provide oxygen and other emergency supplies to a growing number of COVID-19 patients who are struggling to breath.
- PM Modi chairs meeting on Covid-19 situation with Chief Ministers of high burden states India PIB 23 Apr 2021 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired high-level meeting on Covid-19 situation with Chief Ministers of 11 states and Union Territories which have reported maximum number of cases in recently.
- AFMS to import oxygen generation plants from Germany to tide over current surge in COVID-19 cases India PIB 23 Apr 2021 -- Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) has decided to import oxygen generation plants and containers from Germany, amid shortage of oxygen in the hospitals during the second wave of Covid-19 across the country.
- IAF airlifting oxygen containers, essential medicines & other medical equipment in fight against fresh surge in COVID-19 cases India PIB 23 Apr 2021 -- Indian Air Force (IAF) has swung into action by carrying out sorties from various parts of the country to airlift oxygen containers, cylinders, essential medicines, equipment required for setting up and sustaining COVID hospitals and facilities in the fight against fresh surge in COVID-19 cases.
- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh approves delegation of emergency financial powers to AFMS to fight recent surge in COVID-19 cases India PIB 23 Apr 2021 -- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has sanctioned delegation of emergency financial powers to Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) to fight the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.
- India's Cumulative Vaccination Coverage exceeds 13.54 Crores India PIB 23 Apr 2021 -- The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 13.54 Cr today as part of the world's largest vaccination drive.
- COVID19 Vaccination-Day 98 India PIB 23 Apr 2021 -- The total vaccinations across the country has crossed more than 13.82 crore mark today with more than 27 lakh vaccine doses administered till 8 pm.
- Dr Harsh Vardhan reviews COVID19 management preparedness of central Govt Hospitals and AIIMS, New Delhi India PIB 23 Apr 2021 -- Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare today chaired a high level meeting to review the preparedness of the Central Government Hospitals in New Delhi (Safdurjung Hospital, Dr RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College) and AIIMS, New Delhi for clinical management of the severe COVID19 patients. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare also joined the review meeting by virtual link.
- Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah has reviewed the situation arising out of sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and directed various measures to augment the supply of oxygen for medical purposes India PIB 23 Apr 2021 -- In view of the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and resultant increasing demand of medical oxygen across the country, Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah has reviewed the situation and directed various measures to augment the supply of oxygen for medical purposes. Accordingly, an Expert Group is optimizing and rationalising the allocation of oxygen to various States and UTs, keeping in view the active cases and to reduce time for movement of medical oxygen.
- Pakistan Calls in Army to Help Contain COVID-19 Spread VOA 23 Apr 2021 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan deployed the army into cities Friday to assist in enforcing coronavirus public safety restrictions to contain the pandemic outbreak, warning the country may soon be facing a health crisis similar to that of neighboring India unless the current tide of infections is reversed.
- COVID-19 claims 380 lives in Iran over past 24 hours IRNA 23 Apr 2021 -- Some 380 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 68,746, Iran's Health Ministry announced on Friday.
- Government focusing on providing COVID-19 vaccines from abroad IRNA 23 Apr 2021 -- The head of the Iranian President's Office Mahmoud Vaezi said that the first priority of the Iranian government is to supply the required vaccines from abroad.
- Health Ministry: 1,098 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 1,205 Recoveries Reported in Saudi Arabia SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- The Ministry of Health announced today in a statement that 1,098 new confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 410,191, including 9,660 active cases.
- Taiwan reports first domestic COVID-19 case in 2.5 months CNA 23 Apr 2021 -- Taiwan on Friday confirmed one domestic COVID-19 case, two and a half months after it recorded its last locally-transmitted infection of the new coronavirus, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
- Africa Coronavirus Cases Exceed 4.46 Million SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- Africa recorded 4,467,666 confirmed Coronavirus cases, during the past 24 hours, it was reported here today.
- With rich states hoarding, WHO urges African nations to use expired vaccines Press TV 23 Apr 2021 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised African countries to retain Covid-19 vaccines that have reached the end of their expiry date and wait for further instructions.
- New Zealand imposes travel restrictions on "very high-risk countries" over COVID-19 People's Daily 23 Apr 2021 -- New Zealand categorized India, Brazil, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan as "very high-risk countries" to "significantly reduce the number of infected people flying to New Zealand," COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Friday.
- COVID-19 pandemic strains Zimbabwe's already weakened health system: UNFPA People's Daily 23 Apr 2021 -- The COVID-19 pandemic has further strained Zimbabwe's already weakened health system, particularly maternal health thereby negatively impacting on the achievement of universal health coverage, the United Nations Population Fund said Thursday.
- Cambodia, Laos Suffer Worst Day of COVID-19 Infections on Record Radio Free Asia 23 Apr 2021 -- Cambodia shattered its daily record of COVID-19 infections on Friday amid a worsening outbreak with nearly 700 cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus, while neighboring Laos saw a dramatic uptick in infections with its largest count to date, suggesting the pandemic is far from over in Southeast Asia.
- Oman records 1508 Covid-19 cases SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- The Ministry of Health said that 1508 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) were registered in the Sultanate of Oman in the last 24 hours, in addition to 16 new Covid-19-related death cases, according to Oman News Agency.
- UAE Announces 1,973 New COVID-19 Cases, 1,744 Recoveries, 2 Deaths in Last 24 Hours SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced that it conducted 202,068 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
- Egypt Records 872 New Covid-19 Cases SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- Egypt recorded 872 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, and 48 deaths during the past 24 hours.
- Tunisia Records 2,305 New Cases of Covid-19 SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- Tunisia recorded, in the past 24 hours, 2,305 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), along with 70 deaths.
- Algeria Records 189 New Cases of Covid-19 SPA 23 Apr 2021 -- Algeria recorded, in the past 24 hours, 189 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), 135 recoveries and 9 deaths.
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