Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest - August 10

Interfor International – Weekly Security & Covid Digest – August 10

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest-August 10,2021

Global Security Matters

  • US consumers are already beginning to see the impacts of inflation as prices rose 0.9% in June alone, nearly double the 0.5% increase from the previous year. 
  • In July, the Biden Administration warned US companies that doing business in Hong Kong poses increased risks as complications from China’s national security law emerge.  The current political climate could threaten Hong Kong’s status as a global financial capital. 
  • A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to help the federal government better track and analyze cybercrime.  The Better Cybercrime Metrics Act aims to improve how data is collected on cybercrime as many crimes go unreported making a government response more difficult.
  • A recent Russian court ruling may hurt the country’s ability to attract foreign investment.  Michael Calvey, a prominent American businessman, was sentenced to a suspended sentence of five and a half years on embezzlement charges. 
  • Amid the Covid-19 crisis, cyber-attacks have increased exponentially leading to an increased demand for cybersecurity products.  The global market for cybersecurity was estimated at $162.9 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to reach $296.5 billion by the year 2027. 

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 4,307,242 (617,424 in United States) 

Full Vaccinations Administered: 1.22 billion, globally (United States: 167M – 50.8% of population)

  • The Canadian government announced that it will begin allowing Americans who are fully vaccinated and have tested negative to enter the country for nonessential travel.  US-Canadian border has been closed for nonessential travel since March 2020.  The US is still restricting travel from Canada until at least late August.
  • The CDC raised its travel advisory for France, Thailand, and Israel to level four, which discourages visiting those countries because of large caseloads of Covid-19.
  • State workers in Washington as well as private health care and long-term care employees will be required to show proof of vaccination for Covid-19 by October 18, or they will lose their jobs.
  • Mexico is asking the US to send at least 3.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines as the country faces a third wave of infections.
  • Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, has expanded its Covid-19 lockdown to include a rural town and the coastal region of Byron Bay, as the city of Sydney recorded its highest daily case count since the pandemic began.
  • Across France, thousands of people protested on Saturday for the fourth consecutive weekend of rallies against a requirement for a new health pass needed to enter most businesses or use public transportation. The pass requires proof of vaccination, a negative Covid test result in the past 48 hours or showing that one has recovered from the virus for at least 15 days.
  • As Covid cases surge in Texas the Governor has ordered the state to use staffing agencies to bring out of state medical workers to help with Covid-19 operations at Texas hospitals. New cases for the week have reached 100,000 for the first time in six months.
  • Covid-19 hospitalizations in New York have jumped more than 245% in the past month due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.