Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – September 6, 2022
Global Security Matters
- The last working reactor at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was disconnected from Ukraine’s grid on Monday after Russian shelling damaged power lines. Ukraine is unable to repair the power lines due to ongoing fighting around the plant. Kyiv and Moscow have accused each other of risking a nuclear disaster with fighting in the surrounding area.
- Six people were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul on Monday. Two Russian embassy employees were among the victims, along with Afghan citizens in the blast area. A suicide bomber in a crowd of people was identified and shot by security forces, which triggered the explosives. An ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Japan, the Philippines, and the United States are looking to strengthen maritime security ties. Officials met in Tokyo to discuss trilateral maritime security cooperation. US Deputy Chief of Mission Raymond Greene emphasized the hostile maritime actions by China to militarize the East and South China Seas. Japan sees China as a regional security threat and worries about growing tensions around Taiwan.
- Montenegrin officials are blaming a criminal group called Cuba ransomware for the cyberattack on its critical infrastructure last week. The group claimed responsibility, saying it obtaining financial documents from Montenegro’s parliament. The FBI deployed a cybersecurity team to investigate the attacks.
Total Deaths: 6,482,029 (1,043,446 in United States)
US Hospitalization Rate: 9 % decline in the past week
- The US authorized the first major makeover of the Covid-19 vaccines. The new doses target the dominant omicron subvariants as well as the original Covid-19 strain.
- China’s government approved the world’s first inhaled vaccine against Covid-19, made by Cansino Biologics.
- China has locked down 65 million citizens under tough Covid-19 restrictions and is discouraging domestic travel during upcoming national holidays.
- Russia recorded more than 50,000 new daily Covid-19 cases for the first time in almost six months.
- Japan will shorten the period of isolation for Covid-19 patients with symptoms to seven days from the current 10 days.
Global cases: 53,027 US cases: 19,962
- A new study is raising concerns about the effectiveness of the monkeypox vaccine used in the United States and other parts of the world. The study found that two doses of the vaccine induced relatively low levels of neutralizing antibodies against the monkeypox virus.
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