Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest -Oct 25

Interfor International – Weekly Security Digest – October 25, 2022

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest – October 25, 2022

Global Security Matters

  • North and South Korea have exchanged warning shots near their disputed maritime boundary off the coast of Incheon, an area of frequent friction between the nations.  According to South Korea, a North Korean merchant ship crossed the Northern Limit Line near Baengnyeong Island.  In response, a Republic of Korea Navy asset fired 20 warning shots.  A North Korean coastal artillery battery returned 10 rounds into its own waters.  Baengnyeong Island is a sensitive location along the maritime boundary close to the North Korean mainland and serves as an intelligence-gathering outpost.

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 6,559,762 (1,065,152 in United States) 

US Hospitalization Rate: 2% decline in the past week

  • Cases of Covid-19, influenza and RSV – a common respiratory illness with cold-like symptoms – are on the rise across the US. Many hospitals are over a hundred percent capacity, fueling concerns of a winter ‘tripledemic’.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) independent vaccine advisers recommended adding most Covid-19 vaccines offered in the US to the childhood, adolescent and adult immunization schedules.
  • Roche announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted clearance to its Covid-19 PCR test. The test has been available in the US under emergency use authorization since March 2020 and was the first commercial molecular test to receive this status. 
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), less than a quarter of all Africans have been vaccinated. Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses given in Africa has dropped by more than 50% over the last three months.


Global cases: 75,568                US cases: 28,004

  • Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Nevada identified their first deaths in residents who tested positive for Monkeypox. The total number of deaths in the US has now been officially tallied at six; the first two death cases were reported in California and Ohio.