Interfor’s Critical Covid19 Updates – March 31, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 802,748 (164,035 in United States)
Total Deaths: 39,019 (3,175 in United States)
Total Recovered: 172,319
- The United States’ FDA authorizes the use of antimalarial drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for coronavirus treatment.
- 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.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross warns that African healthcare systems could collapse under the weight of the new coronavirus pandemic.
- New York City is turning a Queens tennis stadium into a hospital to treat hundreds of coronavirus patients, in addition to field hospitals in the Javits Convention Center and Central Park.
- Mexico declares a state of emergency until April 30th.
- Oil & Gas workers given “key worker” status by the British government.
- The Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, announced the state’s stay-at-home order will remain in place until June 10th.
- Pentagon announces the first coronavirus death of a US service member, a New Jersey national guardsman.
- In Spain, cases soar by more than 9,000 in 24 hours bringing the total number of cases up to 94,000.
- France reports 418 new deaths, its highest single day death toll.
- The World Health Organization warns the COVID19 epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is “far from over”.
- In the US, Whole Foods employees are planning a nationwide strike in order to protest the lack of protections offered to workers from parent company, Amazon.
- Governor Cuomo said the New York curve continues to grow as death toll tops 1,200. The state now has 66,497 cases, including 1,218 deaths.
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.
Security companies are generally exempt from lockdown mandates. For companies with vacant real-estate (stand-alone, not a tenant of an office complex) Interfor recommends maintaining a small security presence as a deterrent. The threat of opportunistic crime continues to rise daily.
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.