Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – May 22, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 5,221,567 (1,621,669 in United States)
Total Deaths: 335,205 (96,377 in United States)
Total Recovered: 2,098,615
INTERFOR’S DAILY UPDATE WILL TRANSITION TO A MODIFIED SCHEDULE AS MORE US STATES AND COUNTRIES BEGIN TO EMERGE FROM LOCKDOWNS. WE WILL RELEASE OUR UPDATES ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, AND FRIDAYS UNLESS CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE MORE FREQUENT COMMUNICATION.
- The US Health Department has provided $1 billion in funding to the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to develop a coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford.
- New York State announced the start of contact tracing operations, calling people who came in contact with someone testing positive for coronavirus. When tracers call, the caller ID will show up as “NYS Contact Tracing.“
- Iowa’s governor said the state’s testing program is expanding to all who wish to be tested, not just those experiencing symptoms.
- Minneapolis now requires residents to wear face coverings in all public indoor businesses.
- A North Carolina Tyson Foods processing plant currently has 570 workers who tested positive for the virus, the majority of which didn’t show any symptoms.
- Texas’ governor issued an executive order that lifts air travel restrictions and stops mandated quarantines for travelers.
- London’s Heathrow Airport is implementing thermal screening in one arrival terminals to monitor temperatures. In addition, all operational staff must wear face coverings, which will also be provided to passengers.
- Italy will open its borders to all EU countries with no mandatory quarantine starting June 3, as part of the efforts to“ relaunch the economy.”
- Latin America reported more new coronavirus cases than either the United States or Europe for three days in a row, driven by high numbers in Brazil, Peru and Mexico.
- Moscow will offer free antibody testing to all residents starting next week. Previously, only randomly selected residents were tested.
- The British government said it will quarantine everyone flying into the country, including citizens. Anyone failing to comply will be subject to a fine of 1,000 pounds.
- Australia has extended its ban on cruise ships entering the country’s waters for three more months, until September 17.
- Microsoft is warning of a COVID-19 themed phishing campaign involving emails that include a malicious Excel attachment prompting the user to install the NetSupport Manager remote administration tool. Once installed, the threat actor gains complete control over the infected machine. Read here for more information.
- Lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease around the world in accordance with the relative local levels of contagion and political pressure. Interfor recommends becoming well acquainted with national and local directives, and continues to urge the observance of social distancing measures where possible.
- Wearing masks lowers the risk of spread to others. Wear a mask.
WARNING: Be sure to vet ALL information (including this update). Rumors and misinformation abound, the results of which can be as dangerous as the contagion itself.
Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.