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Interfor International - COVID19 Daily Update - April 8

Interfor International – COVID19 Daily Update – April 8

Interfor’s Critical Covid19 Updates – April 8, 2020

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 1,447,847 (400,549 in United States)

Total Deaths: 83,409 (12,893 in United States)

Total Recovered: 309,178

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS

  • New York City had its highest coronavirus death toll in 24 hours with 806 deaths, with total number of deaths total now over 3,500. City officials will now begin counting previously underreported deaths-at-home as suspected COVID-related.
  • Italy’s Prime Minister announced the government is allocating 400 billion euros to help families and businesses with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the government approved the suspension of various tax payments and contributions for the months of April and May.
  • In the United States, observers detect that the virus is disproportionately afflicting African-Americans at a much higher rate than the wider population.
  • The CDC updated its guidelines for prescribing the controversial drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine that Donald Trump touted. Previous guidance noted anecdotal evidence that the drugs were effective in combating COVID-19. The shortened guidance now states, “Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are under investigation in clinical trials”. Italy has ceased use of the drug after an increase in severe cardiac side effects were detected.
  • General Motors will provide 30,000 ventilators to the Federal stockpile by the end of August, in a contract under the Defense Production Act.
  • Despite severe quarantine measures, the coronavirus death toll in France surpassed 10,000. Officials warn that the country has yet to reach its peak.
  • Iran coronavirus cases pass 60,000 with a death toll of 3,739, the country with the highest reported number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the middle east.
  • North Dakota is launching a new app, dubbed Care19, to help identify individuals who might have had contact with people testing positive for coronavirus.
  • Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced face covering is now required for anyone who leaves their home saying, “if you’re not covering your face, by Friday morning, an essential business can refuse you service”.
  • China lifts 76-day lockdown on Wuhan, but some restrictions in the city will remain in place as officials warn the threat of further infections is far from over.
  • The mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, Andre Sayegh, has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The United Kingdom recorded its highest daily death toll since the beginning of the outbreak with 786 news deaths recorded in a single day.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

Guidance as to whether masks are effective are now being re-evaluated in favor of advocating the wearing of masks whenever 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.

With reports of the “curve” flattening, it is important to maintain social-distancing and hygienic standards, as opposed to adopting a false or premature sense of security.

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