Security News Update 18/01/21

Providing the very latest in threat intelligence, risk management and security news updates.

This weeks top security news alerts:

US: Authorities deploying extremely tight security in Washington, DC, ahead of the presidential inauguration
A major security operation continues throughout much of the Washington, DC, metropolitan area as authorities prepare for the Jan. 20th inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden. Approximately 20,000 National Guard troops have been mobilized to support federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies within the nation’s capital, as well as surrounding communities in the neighbouring states of Maryland and Virginia.

UK: Authorities to suspend all travel corridors and require all international arrivals to self-isolate
As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, health officials in the UK have tightened international entry restrictions from Jan 18th due to increasing rates of the newly discovered variant strain. Travel corridors will be suspended, and all arrivals will have to self-isolate for up to 10 days upon entry. Travellers can reduce the required self-isolation period by taking a COVID-19 test five days after arrival at their own expense.

Uganda: Protests possible after the incumbent declared winner of presidential elections
Further protests and other forms of civil unrest, fuelled by allegations of government harassment and intimidation against opponents and critics of President Yoweri Museveni, are possible nationwide following the country’s Jan. 14th general election.

Thailand: Additional protests by opposing groups remain possible nationwide through at least mid-February
Further demonstrations by rival political activist groups remain possible across Thailand through at least mid-February, despite a decrease in protest frequency in recent weeks. Royalist and pro-democracy activists have staged multiple rival demonstrations in Bangkok and other cities nationwide since July.

Tunisia: Nationwide protests over COVID-related unemployment are likely to continue through January
Protests triggered by increasing unemployment stemming from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic remain likely across Tunisia through at least late January after demonstrations in several major cities turned violent over the weekend of Jan. 16-17.

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