Interfor International’s Critical Covid19 Updates – March 24, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 392,407 (46,168 in United States)
Total Deaths: 17,148 (582 in United States)
Total Recovered: 103,392
- Japan has postponed the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, likely for one year.
- Dramatic shift in attitude grows amongst Republican lawmakers that “the cure can’t be worse than the disease” pointing towards the possibility that lockdown restrictions may be eased in various areas. This notion is strongly resisted by medical professionals.
- Over 20,000 New Yorkers have now tested positive for the virus, including nearly 100 NYPD members.
- New York is the first state to begin collecting plasma from people who have recovered and inject the antibody-rich fluid into patients still fighting the virus.
- An Arizona man dies after ingesting chloroquine phosphate, which bears a similar name to a drug used to treat malaria, in an attempt to protect himself from becoming infected. The man’s wife who also ingested the drug is currently under critical care. A drug with a similar sounding name was touted by the President during a press-briefing despite the lack of clinical trials.
- 46 FDNY members have tested positive for COVID-19 and two are currently hospitalized. FDNY commissioner said supplies of personal protective equipment are “dangerously low” and the department has only weeks’ worth of essential gear.
- South Africa will go into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days starting Thursday.
- The UK imposed a three week full lockdown, enforced by police. All nonessential stores would be forced to close and people allowed to leave their homes “when absolutely necessary”.
- Local authorities in Wuhan announced that travel restrictions in and out of the city are set to end on April 8. Meanwhile, public transportation is set to resume within the next 24 hours.
- Researchers found traces of coronavirus on Diamond Princess cruise ship cabins for as many as 17 days after passengers left. The study tested uncleaned rooms, and it was unclear whether they caused any infections.
Company leadership should verify that systems administrators are prepared to remotely respond to hacks, and that there is a clear cybersecurity protocol for the newly remote workforce. Interfor is tracking a significant increase in attempts to penetrate corporate systems.
Interfor recommends companies to continue work-from-home measures in order to protect their employees.
Companies are reviewing their insurance policies to determine whether losses and expenses incurred and/or anticipated might be covered, and to identify any notification requirements that must be satisfied.
WARNING: Interfor continues to see misinformation and rumors spread around the world as clients attempt to vet information they are receiving. Be sure to vet ALL information (including this update). If you receive a text quoting a friend of a friend who works in XYZ ministry warning of imminent martial law, this is a hoax.
Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.