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Interfor International - COVID19 Daily Update - April 3

Interfor International – COVID19 Daily Update – April 3

Interfor’s Critical Covid19 Updates – April 3, 2020

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 1,034,163 (245,445 in United States)

Total Deaths: 54,465 (6,098 in United States)

Total Recovered: 220,025

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Grim milestones reached as reported cases top 1 million worldwide and COVID-related deaths cross 6,000 in the United States.
  • 6.6 million unemployment claims were filed this week. United State non-farm payrolls dropped by 701,000 in March, the highest jobs decline since 2010. Unemployment rose to 4.4% vs estimated 3.7%.
  • The White House task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, suggests that the next coronavirus “hot spots” include Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia and Illinois.
  • Trump invokes Defence Production Act to streamline ventilator supply chain for manufacturers to speed up production.
  • Singapore’s Prime Minister announced the closure of all schools and most workplaces starting Monday. Essential services and key economic sectors will remain open.
  • The head of Italy’s Civil Protection Agency says that Italy’s lockdown is likely to last until May 1.
  • Residents in Laredo, Texas, could face a $1000 fine or up to 180 days jail time for not sheltering in place or wearing some kind of face covering.  
  • Thousands of surgical masks, gloves and gowns seized by the FBI will be re-distributed after agents discovered the stash during an operation by its Hoarding & Price Gouging Task Force.
  • New York City emergency medical services to stop taking unresponsive cardiac arrest patients to the hospital.
  • Russia’s Putin extends stay-at-home guidance until the end of April.
  • Hong Kong will shut down bars for two weeks after renewed cases of COVID-19 traced back to lounges.
  • Britain’s Prince Charles, who recently recovered from COVID-19, opened a new hospital in an east London conference center to help with the coronavirus outbreak.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • Guidance as to whether masks are effective are now being re-evaluated in favor of advocating the wearing of masks whenever stepping outside. Interfor recommends erring on the side of caution.
  • Scams related to the imminent bailout checks for individuals are already being detected in the form of fraudulent websites and phone calls. Interfor recommends companies educate their workforce on how to detect these scams so they and their loved ones can avoid further hardship.
  • FBI warns video conference users to watch out for “Zoom-bombing”, where hijackers disrupt sessions with profanity, hate and inappropriate content. Interfor recommends utilizing unique passwords for each session.
  • Helpful piece on how to virus-proof your home.

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. Be sure to verify the sources of purported medical tips.

Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
CDC Symptoms page
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Recommended video on how the virus works
See Interfor’s new blog post about Cybercrime in the COVID era