News Digest: Week of October 19

October 19

Cyber: Two Israeli cybersecurity firms said that they had thwarted a large-scale Iranian hack against "prominent Israeli organizations."

Health: Iran shattered its single day record with 337 deaths. 

Sanctions: The Trump administration blacklisted six Chinese shipping companies for helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. 


October 20

Diplomacy: The Security Council discussed the expiration of the U.N. arms embargo on Iran and Persian Gulf collective security. 


Health: Iran broke its single day record for daily COVID-19 cases, with 5,039 new infections. 


October 21

Health: Iran broke its daily record for new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day, with 5,616 new infections. 


Military: Iran's conventional military and Revolutionary Guards held joint exercises designed to test Iran's air defense systems.