Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest - July 27

Interfor International – Weekly Security & Covid Digest – July 27

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest-July 27,2021

Global Security Matters

  • According to the U.S. treasury, as ransomware attacks become more commonplace, companies risk potential legal ramifications for paying the ransom on behalf of cyber victims. Similar laws are in place in Australia as a mechanism to disincentivize the attacks. 
  • In the country’s worst crisis since the Arab Spring, Tunisian President, Kais Saied ousted the government and suspended parliament. Public anger against the government has been building due to a looming fiscal crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Myanmar’s economy is expected to shrink by around 18 percent in fiscal year 2021. The military takeover in February 2021, political instability, and a worsening third wave of Covid-19 cases have all contributed to the weakening economy.

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 4,171,445 (611,007 in United States) 

Full Vaccinations Administered: 1.08 billion, globally (United States: 163M – 49.7% of population)

  • The United States donated more than 1.5 million Moderna vaccines to Tajikistan while Georgia is slated to receive 500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The Biden Administration has promised to donate more than 80 million doses to countries in need. 
  • The White House said the US has no plans to lift travel restrictions for European countries given the rise of the Delta variant. U.S. Homeland Security also stated land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to nonessential travel until August 21st. 
  • New York City announced plans to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for many of its employees. The city will require teachers, police officers and the rest of its 340,000 employees to provide evidence of vaccinations by mid-September or face mandatory weekly testing.
  • California became the first state in the country to unveil a vaccine verification program for all state and health care employees, requiring evidence of vaccination from employees by August 2nd or face mandatory testing.
  • Savannah, Georgia has reimposed a requirement that people wear masks in public citing “a steep and alarming rise in cases”.
  • Florida leads the nation in new Covid-19 cases recording more than New York, California, Texas, and Illinois combined.
  • France’s parliament approved a law requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and domestic travel and mandating vaccine for all health workers. To get the pass, people must prove they are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative, or recently recovered from the virus.
  • Vietnam imposed a 15-day lockdown in the capital of Hanoi amidst a surge in Covid-19 cases. The lockdown order bans gathering of more than two people in public, and only essential businesses can stay open.
  • Australia’s second-most populous city is ending its fifth pandemic lockdown as the Victoria state government declares it has beaten an outbreak of the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant for a second time.
  • Tokyo reported its highest number of new Covid-19 infections and is under its fourth state of emergency which will continue through the Olympics until late August.