6 April 2020 (BBC)
Police in Tunis are using at least one home-grown robot to ensure that residents of the Tunisian capital are complying with a COVID-19 lockdown. Developed by Enova Robotics and using thermal imaging and radar, the four-wheeled unit enables monitoring personnel to ask pedestrians to present ID and other documents to justify their presence outdoors.
4 April 2020 (The Hill)
The economic impact of COVID-19 in the U.S. evidently is forcing the federal government to assess the affordability of a range of initiatives. The Pentagon had already been expecting relatively flat budgets for the next few years but an explosion of spending on virus relief efforts could cause an implosion in defence spending and a revision of national security priorities.
4 April 2020 (CBC)
A Canada-U.S. agreement to extend restrictions on cross-border travel has prompted Air Canada to suspend all commercial service to the U.S., effective 26 April and until at least 22 May. WestJet also has extended its original suspension until at least 4 June 4 as well as shutting down some domestic services.
1 April 2020 (CBC)
Hungary’s parliament has given Prime Minister Viktror Orban’s government the power to rule by decree for as long as the country’s COVID-19 state of emergency remains in effect. Among other things, the legislation provides for prison terms for spreading false information or interfering with efforts to contain the outbreak.
1 April 2020 (The Globe and Mail)
The next UN climate change summit, scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland, in November, has been been postponed to sometime in 2021 due to concerns about the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was announced 01 April by British Business Minister Alok Sharma, who was to preside over the 26th annual gathering.
1 April 2020 (Defense One)
While NATO is not a humanitarian relief agency, Elisabeth Braw, who directs the Modern Deterrence program at the Royal United Services Institute in London, says it could play a key role in tacking the COVID-19. Although not the kind of “attack” foreseen in the alliance’s treaty, it is nonetheless the worst national security crisis to hit any of its member states. She suggests its “formidable” resources could play a pivotal role in not only dealing with this enemy while also proving NATO’s worth as a mutual defence alliance.
31 March 2020 (CTV)
Muscovites woke up to a COVID-19 lockdown 30 March, part of an Russian government attempt to prevent the spread of the novel corona virus. President Vladimir Putin warned regional politicians that they would be personally responsible for the availability of beds, ventilators and other key equipment.
31 March 2020 (Nextgov)
A formal framework for safeguarding 5G telecommunications in the U.S. has been released by the administration. Its seven-page policy document sets out President Donald Trump’s “vision for America to lead the development, deployment, and management of secure and reliable 5G communications infrastructure worldwide, arm-in-arm with closest partners and allies.”
27 March 2020 (Yahoo)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, having tested positive for COVID-19, is self-isolating at his official residence while continuing to oversee his government’s handling of the novel corona virus outbreak. He made his statement shortly before health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that he too has tested positive.
26 March 2020 (CBC)
The answer, apparently, is a lot. It’s being reported that U.S. insistence on calling COVID-19 the “Wuhan virus” scuttled plans for a statement by the G7 Economic Summit countries to issue a joint statement on their campaign against the novel corona virus. Other foreign ministers disagreed when Secretary of State Mike insisted the virus be referred to by the name of the Chinese city where the outbreak began.