Interpol warns global law enforcement agencies of COVID-19-contaminated letters targeting political leaders

Interpol has added that certain infected individuals may actually move from affected areas to non-affected areas, and highlighted instances of individuals claiming to sell contaminated samples of body fluids online

Srishti Kapoor November 20, 2020 19:44:32 IST
Interpol warns global law enforcement agencies of COVID-19-contaminated letters targeting political leaders

Interpol has asked law enforcement agencies around the world to beware of COVID-19 contaminated letters likely to be sent to political leaders and individuals.

According to a statement issued by Interpol, the updated guidelines draw on lessons learned and best practices developed around the world to help police identify and address crimes impacted by COVID-19 , including domestic violence, child abuse and cybercrime.

As per Interpol, the pandemic has provided criminals an opportunity to make fast cash as they take full advantage of the demand for protective equipment. The international police organisation’s guidelines include recommendations in relation to deliberate contamination spread, public order, fraud and money laundering.

According to Jürgen Stock, Interpol Secretary General, high demand combined with a limited supply will make COVID-19 vaccines the equivalent of liquid gold to organised crime networks as legitimate move closer to delivery.

Interpol said there have been instances where individuals have spat and coughed in the faces of health practitioners, essential workers and law enforcement officers in an attempt at intimidating them.

This could be a significant risk for individuals infected with COVID-19 , according to the Interpol. Furthermore, cases have been reported of attempts at deliberate contamination by spitting and coughing on surfaces and objects. The world body has  also warned that despite limited risk, a few cases of threatening letters allegedly contaminated with COVID-19 targeting political figures.

Interpol has added that certain infected individuals may actually move from affected areas to non-affected areas, despite their present medical condition and instances of individuals claiming to sell contaminated samples of body fluids online have been reported.

As per Interpol, postal and front-desk services should be informed of the biological threat posed by suspicious packages and follow recommended protection measures.

For more information, click here

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Ubisoft's Far Cry 6 is expected to be available from 25 May next year: Report
News & Analysis

Ubisoft's Far Cry 6 is expected to be available from 25 May next year: Report

The official teaser featured actor Giancarlo Esposito as Anton who will be the villain in Far Cry 6.

Graeme Smith hopeful to see crowds returning for Australia tour to South Africa
First Cricket News

Graeme Smith hopeful to see crowds returning for Australia tour to South Africa

Graeme Smith allayed doubts about Australia’s slated tour next year despite the political turmoil that Cricket South Africa is currently going through and the country’s struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus pandemic: England to allow limited spectators to attend sports events
Sports

Coronavirus pandemic: England to allow limited spectators to attend sports events

The crowd ceiling will be set at 4,000 or half the stadium capacity, whichever is lower, in the lowest-risk "tier one" parts of the country once a stricter lockdown ends