Daily COVID-19 / Security News Briefing
- Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Strategic Outlook USCG Released 17 Sep 2020
- Report of Investigation (Case S8934P) Concerning RC-26B Ops 1 - 4 June 2020 USAF IG Aug 2020
- Report of the US SSCI on Russian Active Measures Campaigns & Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election - Volume 5: Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities USSSCI Released 18 Aug 2020
- GEC Special Report: Pillars of Russiaâs Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem DoS Aug 2020
- Russia UK House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament 21 Jul 2020
- Country Reports on Terrorism 2019 Bureau of Counterterrorism, US Dept of State 24 Jun 2020
- Fighting Covid-19 - China in Action SSIO-PRC 07 Jun 2020
- CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the Presidentâs Plan for Opening America Up Again CDC May 2020
23 September 2020
- US Adversaries, Cybercriminals Put 2020 Election Results in Their Crosshairs VOA 23 Sep 2020 -- U.S. election security officials are bracing the American public for a new type of worst-case scenario for the Nov. 3 presidential election â a flood of disinformation in the hours after the polls close, casting doubt on the results and on the process itself, as voters wait to learn who will lead the country for the next four years.
- Countries urged to act against COVID-19 âinfodemic' UN News 23 Sep 2020 -- The UN and partners have urged countries to take urgent action to address what they have described as the "infodemic" that has surfaced in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the real world and online.
- Impact on workers of COVID-19 is âcatastrophic': ILO UN News 23 Sep 2020 -- COVID-19 has had a "catastrophic" impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the second quarter of the year.
- US virus deaths top 200k amid warnings current toll âtip of the iceberg' Press TV 23 Sep 2020 -- The United States has hit the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, with health officials saying that what is happening is just "the tip of the iceberg."
- U.S. CDC Reports 200,275 Coronavirus Deaths SPA 23 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today, on Wednesday reported 6,874,982 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 49,285 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 813 to 200,275, according to Reuters.
- US Surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths VOA 23 Sep 2020 -- Volunteers planted 20,000 miniature U.S. flags on the grounds of the Washington Monument in the nation's capital Tuesday, the day the nation reached 200,000 COVID-19 deaths.
- Medical brigade supports COVID-19 drive-thru testing Army News 23 Sep 2020 -- The 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, has been crucial in supporting COVID-19 testing and mitigation efforts in Texas and across the United States since March. As they assist Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas, in the fight against COVID-19, they continue to solidify themselves as the premier medical brigade in the Army.
- Statement on the Department's Use of Defense Production Act Title III DoD 23 Sep 2020 -- "As indicated by recent reporting, there appears to be a misunderstanding by some about what the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES" Act) did and did not do with respect to the Department of Defense. As Speaker Pelosi said on March 27, in support of the CARES Act passage, this bill was about "moving on to mitigating some of the economic and health damage caused by it [sic] this pandemic."
- Experts warn COVID-19 may surge in fall, winter as death toll in US tops 200,000 Global Times 23 Sep 2020 -- Leading experts warned that COVID-19 cases may surge in fall and winter in the United States as the pandemic has caused over 200,000 deaths as of Tuesday.
- Pence praises Trump's coronavirus response, says things could've been worse Press TV 23 Sep 2020 -- Vice President Mike Pence has praised US President Donald Trump over his response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying that things could have been worse.
- FDA Chief Says Science Will Guide US Coronavirus Vaccine Approval VOA 23 Sep 2020 -- The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday "science will guide our decisions" as the agency decides whether to give full or emergency authorization to a coronavirus vaccine.
- Johnson & Johnson Launches Final-Stage COVID-19 Vaccine Trial VOA 23 Sep 2020 -- Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it has launched the final stage of a single-shot COVID-19 vaccine trial the company hopes will determine if the vaccine is safe and effective by the end of the year or early next year.
- Xi reaffirms COVID-19 pledges at UN assembly Global Times 23 Sep 2020 -- In stark contrast to the US who apparently turned the UN General Assembly - a multilateral dialogue platform--into a battlefield to attack and defame China, China stressed putting people and lives first in battling COVID-19, and that major countries should act like major countries by taking up their due responsibility and live up to people's expectations.
- Chinese COVID-19 vaccine producers speed up clinical trials Global Times 23 Sep 2020 -- Chinese vaccine producers are accelerating clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine candidates and preparing for full-speed production once a product is approved to enter the market.
- China halts frozen seafood imports from Norwegian firm after COVID-19 found on packaging Global Times 23 Sep 2020 -- China has suspended frozen seafood imports from a Norwegian company for a week after tests for COVID-19 came back positive on the packaging of its seafood.
- Britain Imposes Pub Curfew as Coronavirus Cases Soar VOA 23 Sep 2020 -- Britain became the latest European country to impose restrictions on socializing Wednesday following a sharp rise in coronavirus transmission rates. The number of new cases is roughly doubling every week, and the chief medical officer has warned of 50,000 new infections daily by mid-October if the pattern continues.
- British Prime Minister Defends COVID-19 Testing VOA 23 Sep 2020 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his government's COVID-19 testing plan Wednesday as opposition members in parliament claimed the government lost control of the virus when it lost control of testing.
- Belgium Eases COVID-19 Restrictions Despite Surging Cases VOA 23 Sep 2020 -- Belgium's prime minister announced Wednesday she was lifting the nation's mandatory outdoor mask requirement and easing other COVID-19-related restrictions, despite recent surges in new virus cases in the nation.
- COVID-19 fight requires global cooperation: German chancellor People's Daily 23 Sep 2020 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for global cooperation to fight the coronavirus pandemic in a video message for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), CNN reported Monday.
- Russia Reports 6,431 New Coronavirus Cases, 150 Deaths SPA 23 Sep 2020 -- Russia on Wednesday reported 6,431 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its highest daily increase since July 13, according to Reuters.
- India maintains trend of High Recoveries India PIB 23 Sep 2020 -- With its focussed strategies and effective, coordinated and proactive measures, India is reporting steep increase in recoveries. New recoveries in India have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day.
- UPDATES on COVID-19 India PIB 23 Sep 2020 -- India's testing capacity has surged to more than 12 lakh daily tests. Higher than 6.6 cr total tests have been conducted across the country. A high level of testing leads to early identification of positive cases. As evidence has revealed, eventually Positivity Rate will fall.
- Setting up of COVID Hospitals India PIB 23 Sep 2020 -- For appropriate management of COVID-19 cases, Government of India has advised State governments to setup a three-tier arrangement of health facilities exclusively for COVID.
- COVID-19 Treatment under Ayushman Bharat Yojana India PIB 23 Sep 2020 -- Under Ayushman Bharat -Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PMJAY), as of 21.09.2020, over 1.26 Crore hospital admission have been authorised since its inception. Out of these 5.13 lakh hospital admissions have been authorized towards testing and treatment of COVID-19.
- Purchase of ventilators for COVID-19 India PIB 23 Sep 2020 -- The government of India has placed the following orders for supply of essential medical equipment during the period January, 2020 to till date:
- Official: 184 more Iranians die from COVID-19 over past 24 hours IRNA 23 Sep 2020 -- Some 184 people in Iran have died as a result of the coronavirus disease over the past 24 hours, Iranian Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Wednesday.
- Tokyo Reports 59 New Virus Cases, Lowest in Almost 3 Months SPA 23 Sep 2020 -- Tokyo confirmed Wednesday an additional 59 coronavirus infections, marking the lowest daily figure in nearly three months, as the government has in recent days eased restrictions on social and business activities, Kyodo News reported.
- Health Ministry Spokesman: 1102 Recoveries from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia, Tally at 313,786 SPA 23 Sep 2020 -- Assistant Minister of Health and Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali said in a press conference today that 561 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 331,359 cases, including 13,004 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 1,095 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Taiwan to end COVID-19 tests on Philippine arrivals with no symptoms CNA 23 Sep 2020 -- The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has decided to suspend the COVID-19 testing of all travelers arriving from the Philippines, except for those with symptoms, beginning Thursday, but said it will require all travelers from the Philippines be tested before their mandatory 14-day quarantine period ends.
- 18 Filipinos, 1 Japanese confirmed with COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan CNA 23 Sep 2020 -- Nineteen people -- 18 Filipinos and one Japanese -- tested positive for COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan recently, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday, adding that it could not establish that they had been infected in Taiwan.
- UN says over 200,000 refugee children out of school in Ethiopia due to COVID-19 Global Times 23 Sep 2020 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said more than 200,000 refugee children are out of school in Ethiopia due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Canadians at crossroads to stem spread of COVID-19: health official Global Times 23 Sep 2020 -- Canadians will decide whether there is a second wave of COVID-19 as the country is at a crossroads in its fight against the pandemic, according to the projections by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on Tuesday.
- Argentina registers record daily deaths from COVID-19 People's Daily 23 Sep 2020 -- Argentina reported a record daily increase of 470 in COVID-19 deaths, taking the death toll to 13,952, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.
- Turkmen Inaction Worsening Food Crisis Amid Pandemic, Rights Groups Warn RFE/RL 23 Sep 2020 -- The Turkmen government's inaction in response to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically worsened the country's preexisting food crisis, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the exile group Turkmenistan Initiative for Human Rights (TIHR) said.
- UN stands ready to support landlocked nations in pandemic recovery UN News 23 Sep 2020 -- The UN system is standing in solidarity with landlocked developing countries, which lack access to vital trade links, and supporting them in their efforts to rebuild once the global coronavirus pandemic abates, Secretary-General AntĂłnio Guterres said on Wednesday.
- Australia Relaxes Internal COVID-19 Border Restrictions As Infections Fall VOA 23 Sep 2020 -- Australia's internal borders are to gradually reopen as COVID-19 infections continue to fall. South Australia and Queensland are easing restrictions with the neighboring state, New South Wales, for the first time in months. Australia has recorded about 27,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, and more than 850 people have died.
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22 September 2020
- Dirty Money, Criminal Cash: Bank Leaks Allege Vast Scale of Global Fraud VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- Leaked documents allege that some of the worldâs largest banks have allowed $2 trillion worth of suspicious or fraudulent activity to take place, including money laundering for criminal gangs and terrorists.
- Global coronavirus death toll now at over 962K Press TV 22 Sep 2020 -- The new coronavirus has infected a total of more than 31.21 million people and killed 962,705 across the world so far, according to one tally.
- Major Powers Spotlight COVID-19 Response at UNGA VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- As the U.N. General Assembly annual debate got under way Tuesday, combating and eliminating the coronavirus pandemic was the foremost preoccupation of the world's major powers.
- Remarks by President Trump to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly The White House 22 Sep 2020
- Speaking at UN, Trump accuses China of spreading COVID-19 Press TV 22 Sep 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has once again blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic and called on Beijing to be punished for its handling of the disease.
- Trump Tells UN to Hold China Accountable for Coronavirus VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump called on the United Nations to âhold China accountable for their actionsâ in a speech to the world bodyâs General Assembly Tuesday.
- Trump Hits China Over Coronavirus, Environment at Opening of UN General Assembly Radio Free Asia 22 Sep 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump attacked China during his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday, accusing Beijing of failing to contain the coronavirus, polluting the world, and manipulating trade, while Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping voiced veiled criticism of Washington.
- AI Aids DOD in Early Detection of COVID-19 DoD News 22 Sep 2020 -- The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Defense Innovation Unit are applying commercial technology for early detection of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, which causes the COVID-19 coronavirus disease.
- Air Force update for COVID-19 US Air Force 22 Sep 2020
- US Records World-Leading 200,000th Coronavirus Death VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- The United States on Tuesday recorded its 200,000th coronavirus death, a world-leading figure that health experts say could continue to increase by tens of thousands in the coming months.
- China's schools welcome 242 million students back post pandemic Global Times 22 Sep 2020 -- A total of 242 million students in China have returned to school as of Friday, accounting for 90 percent of the total number, which shows China's education system has withstood a major test amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education said.
- Chinese City Scheduled for Limited Re-opening After COVID-19 Scare VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- A Chinese city on the border with Myanmar last week began testing thousands of residents for the coronavirus after two Myanmar migrants tested positive.
- UK COVID-19 alert level recommended to raise to level 4 Global Times 22 Sep 2020 -- Britain's chief medical officers (CMOs) have recommended moving the country's COVID-19 alert level from level 3 to level 4, according to a joint statement released on Monday from the CMOs.
- UK PM unveils new restrictions to curb rising coronavirus infections People's Daily 22 Sep 2020 -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced new restrictive measures to tackle a sharp rise in the country's coronavirus cases.
- Johnson moots deployment of military to contain coronavirus second wave Press TV 22 Sep 2020 -- As widely expected, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has introduced new coronavirus-related restrictions for England which could potentially last six months.
- Boris Johnson Stops Short of Imposing Lockdown as He Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions For England Sputnik 22 Sep 2020 -- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement on the coronavirus situation in the United Kingdom in the House of Commons.
- Britain Enacts Restrictions as Coronavirus at âPerilous Turning Pointâ VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- Saying the nation has reached a âperilous turning point,â British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tuesday imposed new coronavirus-related restrictions on bars and restaurants and urged people to work from home, as the nation faces a surge in new cases.
- India registers a Record of Highest Single day recoveries India PIB 22 Sep 2020 -- In an unprecedented surge, India has recorded the highest number of single day recoveries.
- India's New Coronavirus Infections at Lowest in Almost a Month SPA 22 Sep 2020 -- India reported 75,083 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to federal health data released on Tuesday, the lowest daily tally in almost a month, Reuters reported.
- Pakistan Begins Phase 3 Trial of Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- Pakistan began final-phase testing Tuesday of a Chinese-made vaccine against novel coronavirus, the first ever clinical trial of its kind in the South Asian nation.
- COVID-19 kills 178 more Iranians over past 24 hours IRNA 22 Sep 2020 -- Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Tuesday that some 178 more Iranians have died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours.
- Health Ministry: 1185 New COVID-19 Recoveries while 6,141,968 Tests Conducted SPA 22 Sep 2020 -- The Ministry of Health announced in a statement here today that 552 new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 330,798 cases, including 13,572 active cases undergoing treatment.
- Turkish preschoolers, first graders return to school with caution amid COVID-19 resurgence Global Times 22 Sep 2020 -- Preschoolers and first graders in Turkey returned to school on Monday, though with limited in-class lessons given the resurgence in new COVID-19 infections.
- UN says over 200,000 refugee children out of school in Ethiopia due to COVID-19 People's Daily 22 Sep 2020 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said more than 200,000 refugee children are out of school in Ethiopia due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Malaysian PM calls for COVID-19 vaccine to be universally accessible in UN speech People's Daily 22 Sep 2020 -- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has called for the world to ensure that once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it should be available to all nations.
- Only multilateralism can combat COVID-19 pandemic, says Colombian president People's Daily 22 Sep 2020 -- Colombian President Ivan Duque said Monday that only multilateralism can effectively combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
- South African President warns pandemic has set back African development UN News 22 Sep 2020 -- Despite the continent-wide approach taken by African countries to combat COVID-19, the pandemic has set back their development aspirations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
- New Zealand Eases COVID-19 Restrictions VOA 22 Sep 2020 -- COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed in New Zealand as infection rates fall. In a four-tiered alert system, all but the nationâs biggest city, Auckland, will move to the lowest disease-control level, alert level one on Tuesday. Auckland will move to alert level two on Wednesday.
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