News – March 2020

 


  • Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed COVID-19 case traced back to November 17

    March 13, 2020

    The first case of someone in China suffering from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, can be traced back to November 17 according to government data seen by the South China Morning Post. Chinese authorities have so far identified at least 266 people who were infected last year, all of whom came under medical ...

  • US moves to implement Europe travel restrictions Friday

    March 13, 2020

    The United States is preparing to implement another set of severe travel restrictions as the Trump administration grapples with how to handle the coronavirus pandemic, banning travelers from dozens of countries, rerouting flights and diverting thousands of airline passengers for medical screening. At 11:59 p.m. Friday, travel restrictions will take effect for a large swath of Europe, enacting President Donald Trump’s latest ...

  • The SIM highjackers: how criminals are stealing millions by highjacking phone numbers

    March 13, 2020

    SIM swappers arrested by Spain, Austria and Romania as police gears up against this growing threat It is a common story: the signal bars disappears from their mobile phones, they call the phone number – it rings, but it’s not their phone ringing. They try to login to their bank account, but the password fails. They ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 52

    March 11, 2020

    Four new countries/territories/areas (French Polynesia, Turkey, Honduras and Côte d’Ivoire) have reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. The Clinical Unit continues to convene clinicians around the globe, twice weekly by teleconference (COVID-19 Clinical Network) to share knowledge and experiences from clinicians caring for COVID-19 patients and highlight operational challenges and technical questions. For ...

  • India: Police seize IEDs, Maoist literature in Kothagudem forests, Telangana

    March 11, 2020

    The police have seized improvised explosive devices (IEDs), revolutionary literature, kit bags and other material at a Maoist camp in the forests of Neeladri Pet hillock in the district. According to the Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Dutt the police had received information that four teams of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) had entered into Bhadradri Kothagudem, ...

  • Sudan says FBI to help probe PM assassination attempt

    March 11, 2020

    American investigators will help Sudan with enquiries into a failed assassination attempt against Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, the Sudanese culture and information minister said on Wednesday. A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team “arrived this morning and will join Sudanese investigators”, Faisal Mohammed Saleh told journalists. Sudan’s post-uprising leader Hamdok escaped unharmed on Monday after an assassination ...

  • Dutch government loses hard drives with data of 6.9 million registered donors

    March 11, 2020

    The Dutch government said it lost two external hard disk storage devices that contained the personal data of more than 6.9 million organ donors. The hard drives stored electronic copies of all donor forms filed with the Dutch Donor Register between February 1998 to June 2010, officials from the Dutch Minister of Health, Wellness, and Sport ...

  • IED blast outside former Nepali minister Baskota’s under-construction house; no casualties

    March 11, 2020

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off outside an under-construction house belonging to Nepal’s former Communication Minister Gokul Prasad Baskota in Bhaktapur district on Wednesday morning. No injuries or casualties were reported in the incident which took place at around 7:45 am (local time) at Lokanthali area of the Bhaktapur district. The explosive was planted outside one of the gates ...

  • At least one dead in explosion at Barcelona chemical plant

    March 10, 2020

    At least one person has died in an explosion at a chemical plant in the Barcelona neighborhood of La Verneda, local emergency services said in a tweet on Tuesday. The emergency services said they were coordinating with the fire service and the company to determine what type of products have been affected by the blast. Read more… Source: ...

  • Coronavirus: Italy extends emergency measures nationwide

    March 10, 2020

    Italy has extended its emergency coronavirus measures, which include travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings, to the entire country. On Monday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered people to stay home and seek permission for essential travel. He said the measures were designed to protect the most vulnerable. “There is no more time,” he said in ...

  • Another arrest as police continue their investigation into suspicious device found in a car in Luton

    March 10, 2020

    Officers have searched four properties in Newcastle and another man has been arrested as police continue the investigation into a suspicious device found in a vehicle in Luton. At around 7.20am on Friday, March 6, police were called to reports of concern for a man in a car in Brook Street. Officers were dispatched and found a ...

  • Critical Bugs in Rockwell, Johnson Controls ICS Gear

    March 10, 2020

    Security vulnerabilities that require very little skill to exploit have been discovered in industrial control systems (ICS) gear from Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls, which anchor a flurry of bug disclosures impacting critical infrastructure. First, a set of critical vulnerabilities in Rockwell Automation gear affect MicroLogix 1400 Controllers, MicroLogix 1100 Controllers and RSLogix 500 Software. The ...

  • UK MoD put pressure on regulators to delay drone safety warnings, documents reveal

    March 9, 2020

    The Ministry of Defence put pressure on regulators to delay safety warnings about a new drone it planned to fly over British skies to avoid tipping off protesters, according to official documents obtained by the Guardian. They reveal how the ministry was embroiled in a behind-the-scenes row with British safety regulators over the US-built drone, which was being ...

  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA): Coronavirus: no evidence that food is a source or transmission route

    March 9, 2020

    EFSA’s chief scientist, Marta Hugas, said: “Experiences from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), show that transmission through food consumption did not occur. At the moment, there is no evidence to suggest that coronavirus is any different in this respect.” The European ...

  • Cameroon: Women’s Day explosion leaves soldier dead, others injured in Bamenda

    March 9, 2020

    At least one soldier was killed and seven other persons wounded after an explosion on Sunday around the Commercial Avenue in Bamenda, the government has said. The explosion occured around 10am not far from the grand stand where festivities to mark the International Women’s Day were taking place. Among the seven other persons injured were four soldiers, ...