Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest - May 3

Interfor International – Weekly Security & Covid Digest – May 3, 2022

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – May 3, 2022

Global Security Matters

  • An explosion killed more than 50 people at a mosque in Kabul after Friday prayers.  A spokesman for the interior ministry initially reported the death toll as 10, though the number was later revised.  
  • Ousted Myanmar leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of corruption for accepting $1.3 million from a political ally. 
  • Ukraine is deploying an “IT Army” of hackers focusing on taking Russian websites offline through a flood of traffic requests.  The hackers target a wide array of websites and are working on an unprecedented scale.  
  • The US and Israel will hold a round of talks this week concerning Iran’s nuclear program and devising strategies to counter its activity in the region.  The talks will occur during a stalemate between the US and Iran over reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.  
  • According to reports, Germany is considering sending howitzers to Ukraine just days after the country announced it would supply heavy weapons to Kyiv.  The move follows warnings from Moscow that supplying arms to Ukraine could be seen as an act of aggression. 

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 6,236,728 (992,424 in United States) 

At least one dose administered: 67.1 % globally (United States: 78.2% of population)

  • According to data released by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), nearly 60% of adults and 75% of children have antibodies indicating they’ve been infected with Covid-19.
  • New York City’s health commissioner announced the city has moved from “low” to “medium” Covid-19 alert level, due to a rise in cases.
  • Italy and Greece relaxed some Covid-19 restrictions, before Europe’s peak summer tourist season.
  • Taiwan, which had been living mostly free of Covid-19, is now facing its worst outbreak since the beginning of the pandemic, with over 11,000 new cases a day.
  • Coronavirus cases are surging again in South Africa. The spike is linked to BA.4 and BA.5, two sub-variants in the omicron family.
  • Danish health officials said that 1.1 million excess Covid-19 vaccines will be discarded because their expiration dates are near and efforts to donate them to developing countries have failed.