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At the request of our customers, March 9th, RiskIQ’s team of trained intelligence analysts began compiling disparate data and intelligence related to COVID-19 into comprehensive daily reports. Each report combines major updates around COVID-19 and its impacts on cities, neighborhoods, schools, and businesses as well as essential cybercrime data that helps raise the situational awareness of both physical and cybersecurity teams.

Purpose

This intelligence will help inform the decisions of security teams, who face new requirements during these unprecedented times. Here, RiskIQ strives to provide the security community with a single source of factual reporting and informed analysis to help the security community discover unknowns about their environment and investigate threats.

3/31/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • Amazon warehouse workers on Staten Island, NY walked off the job in protest of Amazon’s treatment of them amid the COVID-19 crisis
  • Moscow went into lockdown on 03/30/2020 and the Russian parliament is expected to approve a bill authorizing prison sentences and fines up to $25,000 for anyone violating the lockdown
  • MI Gov. Whitmer is expected to sign an executive order this week which will extend school closures through the rest of the school year
  • COVID-19 fatalities in the U.S. have exceeded 3,000 as of 03/31/2020. To date, Wyoming and Hawaii have not reported fatalities. Monday, 03/30/2020, was the deadliest day yet, with more than 500 recorded deaths.
  • Three out of four Americans are currently under some form of lockdown procedure. Approximately 245 million Americans are under such policies, with 32 of 50 states enacting lockdown policies.
  • Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating at least one lawmaker’s stock transactions leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Macy’s, Kohl’s, and Gap all announced plans to furlough large portions of their respective workforces without pay

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3/30/20 Notable Events: Previous 72 Hours

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  • U.S. confirmed cases jumped by 108,302 (+307%) between 03/23/2020 and 03/30/2020. U.S. case fatalities rose by 2,102 (+446%) during the same period.
  • President Trump on Sunday extended the administration’s social distancing guidelines until 04/30/2020
  • Gov. Northam of the Commonwealth of Virginia issued a stay-at-home order in effect until 06/10/2020
  • FBI warned hospitals and healthcare providers to be on the lookout for supply-chain scams
  • FL Gov. DeSantis added New Orleans and other parts of LA to a list of COVID-19 hotspots
  • Dutch government recalled tens of thousands of masks provided by China. Masks were recalled after officials determined they did not meet quality standards; specifically, they either did not fit on the face properly or had defective filters.
  • South Carolina Gov. McMaster issued an executive order to help the state combat the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti announced the city will form a partnership with UPS to deliver and pick-up COVID-19 tests
  • Nordstrom dedicated itself to sewing more than 100,000 masks for healthcare providers
  • Key coronavirus task force member Dr. Fauci said the U.S. could eventually see 100,000 or more fatalities from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • On Sunday, the FDA issued an emergency authorization for the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, the anti-malaria drugs some tests have shown help treat cases of COVID-19
  • Johnson & Johnson (J&J) reported human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine would likely begin by September and said a vaccine could be available for emergency use authorization in early 2021. J&J also committed more than $1 billion of investments to vaccine research in partnership with Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, an arm of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • TX Gov. Abbott expanded restrictions on all travelers arriving from Louisiana

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3/28/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • U.S. surpassed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 1,600 fatalities. Cases grew by approximately 18,000 on Friday, 03/27/2020, marking the highest single- day increase to date.
  • President Trump signed the $2 trillion stimulus bill into law on Friday, after the House passed the bill. Members of the House used a procedural maneuver to stop attempts by Representative Thomas Massie, R-KY, to require members to vote in person. Under the stimulus bill, individuals making $75,000 or less will receive $1,200 and married couples making $150,000 or less will receive $2,400, plus $500 for each child.
  • President Trump on Friday used the Defense Production Act for the first time to order General Motors (GM) to begin production on much-needed ventilators.

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3/27/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • After exceeding 82K confirmed cases on Thursday, 03/26/2020, the U.S. overtook China with the highest count of COVID-19 cases in the world
  • The House passed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Friday, sending the unprecedented measure to President Trump’s desk
  • Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine assessed the U.S. could see between 38,000 and 162,000 fatalities related to COVID-19
  • UK Prime Minister Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 after developing what he called “mild symptoms”
  • Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers West announced it located 39 million N95 masks and would provide them to state and local governments, as well as healthcare providers
  • Dyson founder James Dyson said the company has designed a new ventilator and will produce 15K units
  • In Israel, First Robotics League, Microsoft Israel Research and Development, Ichilov Medical Center, Magen David Adom, and Unit 108 of the Air Force are coming together to work on a solution to the nation’s respirator shortage
  • Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Lord warned adversary nations may use economic turmoil as a means to buy out American-made technologies

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3/26/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • The ministers of the G7—consisting of the U.S., UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan—could not agree on a joint statement due to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s insistence the virus be called the “Wuhan Virus.”
  • The U.S. recorded its deadliest single day on Wednesday, 03/25/2020, with 223 reported fatalities.
  • New Orleans, which has the world’s highest growth rate of COVID-19 cases, is on pace to become the next epicenter of the outbreak in the United States.
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened to shut down Chicago parks, Millennium Park, the downtown Riverwalk and the entire lakefront if residents continue to ignore the statewide stay-at-home order.
  • Eight sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
  • The State Department reported as many as 50,000 Americans are seeking help to return home.
  • According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple sourced ten million masks for the U.S. and millions more for hard-hit areas in Europe.
  • The Senate unanimously passed a $2-trillion relief package to help U.S. consumers and businesses.
  • New Mexico started using the state’s emergency alert system to push notifications to anyone in the state with a cell phone.
  • The FBI shot and killed a Missouri man while investigating a potential domestic terrorism case. The man recently made threats the FBI took seriously, including a threat to attack a hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, partly due to the suspect’s belief the hospital is treating COVID-19 cases.
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned Angelenos the shelter-in-place order could last at least two months, possibly longer.

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3/25/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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3/24/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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3/23/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • MD Gov. Hogan ordered nonessential businesses closed as of 5:00 p.m. EDT Monday
  • NJ Gov. Murphy announced today the suspension of all elective surgeries and invasive procedures scheduled to take place after 5:00 p.m. EDT Friday 03/27/2020
  • WV Gov. Justice issued a stay-at-home order effective Tuesday 03/24/2020 at 8:00 p.m.
  • OR Gov. Brown has issued an order to Oregonians to stay home whenever possible in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19
  • DE, LA, and OH also instituted variations of statewide shelter-in-place orders, as did IN, MI, and WV.
  • TX Gov. Abbott declined to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order. He instead welcomed local officials to institute tighter restrictions in their areas. Dallas County instituted a shelter-in-place order effective 11:59 P.M. on 03/23/2020.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company donated its emergency reserve of 720,000 face masks to medical personnel
  • UT Senators Lee and Romney are both in self-isolation due to their contact with Senator Paul of Kentucky
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said lockdowns, which currently affect about one in four Americans, could last 10 to 12 weeks
  • Trump administration announced it would fund 100% of all National Guard activities in CA, NY, and WA to assist with the COVID-19 response
  • Democrats blocked a $1.8 trillion stimulus bill during a Senate vote on Sunday and blocked it again during a vote on Monday.
  • Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the U.S. is looking closely at reports younger Americans have a much higher rate of hospitalization than expected
  • WI Supreme Court ordered all in-person court proceedings, including jury trials, to be postponed until 05/22/2020
  • Italian government appealed to U.S. Defense Secretary Esper for U.S. military assistance Related, Esper said U.S. 10 governors requested field hospitals, but added the U.S. military “can’t meet everybody’s needs” with what it has in its inventory.
  • President Trump approved California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration on 03/22/2020
  • Jails in over a dozen states, including CA, NY, OH, and TX, are sending home low-level offenders and sick or elderly inmates in response to the pandemic
  • German government plans to introduce new economic stimulus measures, including increasing borrowing by €150 billion in 2020 and passing a €156 billion supplementary budget. The government will likely suspend its debt brake rule, which prohibits the government from presenting structural deficits except during times of crisis or national emergency.
  • New Zealand will begin a month-long lockdown policy at 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, 03/25/2020.
  • Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced it will not send athletes to the Tokyo Summer Games if the event is not postponed. Likewise, the Australian Olympic Committee told its Olympians to prepare for the Tokyo Olympic Games in summer of 2021. A veteran International Olympics Committee (IOC) member claimed the IOC will announce soon that the Games will be postponed.
  • Mexico City Mayor Sheinbaum is temporarily suspending various activities throughout the capital in an effort to reduce the contagion curve and to avoid situations where the city’s hospitals could become overwhelmed

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3/22/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • U.S. Sen. Paul tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in quarantine
  • V.P. Mike Pence and wife tested negative for COVID-19 following the announcement an aide had tested positive for the virus
  • OH Gov. DeWine issued a stay-at-home order which begins at 11:59 P.M. on Monday
  • LA Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a stay-at-home order which begins at 5 P.M. on Monday, 03/23/2020
  • HI Gov. Ige ordered a 14-day mandatory quarantine for all arrivals into the state regardless of resident status
  • CDC now offers an online self-screening tool for COVID-19
  • President Trump announced General Motors, Ford, and Tesla have been given the green light to produce ventilators and other metal products
  • Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Wolf said the U.S. does not presently plan to institute domestic travel restrictions
  • FEMA Administrator Gaynor said protective masks were being shipped to states, particularly to hotspots like NY and CA
  • NY Gov. Cuomo asked all state hospitals to increase capacity by 100%
  • The U.S. now has 26,747 cases of COVID-19, which is the third-highest total globally
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed 22 officers have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Chief Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program Ryan said public lockdown policies put in place around the world are not enough on their own to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • French President Macron reportedly spoke with UK Prime Minister Johnson on Friday and threatened to close down the border between the two countries unless the UK enacted stricter virus control measures
  • Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez said the government will extend the lockdown period by 15 days to 04/11/2020
  • German Chancellor Merkel is in self-quarantine after being in contact with a doctor who tested positive for COVID-19
  • Italy shut non-essential factories after suffering 793 deaths in a single day
  • Australian Prime Minister Morrison announced pubs, clubs, cinemas, gyms, and places of worship would close Monday, while restaurants must switch to takeaway services only.

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3/21/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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3/20/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • US and Mexico agreed to limit non-essential travel between the two nations, by prohibiting recreational and tourist travel
  • Pennsylvania Gov Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses closed beginning 03/19/2020 at 8:00 P.M.
  • CA health officials predicted 56% of the state’s population will contract COVID-19 within the next 8 weeks.
  • CA Gov Gavin Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state
  • CA Essential businesses will remain open during this time
  • NY Gov Cuomo ordered 100% of non-essential businesses in NY to keep their workforce at home
  • PA Gov Wolf further ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in PA to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. Thursday
  • Carnival Corporation offered its cruise ships as temporary floating hospitals to authorities
  • Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced on Twitter that Tax Day will be pushed from 04/15/2020 to 07/15/2020
  • LA Gov Bel Edwards announced the activation of 238 soldiers and airmen from the LA National Guard
  • MA officials deployed 2K National Guard to assist with equipment, logistics, and warehousing
  • FL National Guard opened its first drive-through testing site in Broward County
  • Hong Kong officials announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all incoming travelers which will be monitored through tracking technology
  • President of the Region of Madrid declared 80% of the city’s population is expected to contract COVID-19.
  • Italian Prime Minister Conte announced the lockdown period must be extended to help combat the continued spread of the virus

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3/19/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • U.S. State Department expected to issue a Level 4 travel advisory for all international travel
  • American Red Cross issued an urgent call for blood donations as it deals with a severe blood shortage
  • 37 states have announced statewide court closures
  • 2 members of the U.S. House of Representatives tested positive for COVID-19
  • DuPage County, IL reported 46 confirmed cases on COVID-19 in a single nursing home.
  • U.S. government warns the COVID-19 pandemic will possibly last eighteen months or longer and could include multiple waves
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) suspended foreclosures and evictions for all mortgages insured by the FHA through the end of April
  • White House working to issue checks to most American households within three weeks
  • NY State Assembly passed legislation that will grant sick leave to all New Yorkers in both the private and public sectors
  • NY Governor Cuomo issued a mandate that 75% of the non-essential workforce must work from home
  • Australian Prime Minister Morrison announced a travel ban on all non-residents and non-citizens coming to Australia
  • New Zealand announced significant travel restrictions
  • Transport for London (TfL) announced a partial shutdown of the Tube network in the city
  • UK police warned citizens that burglars are pretending to be from the National Health Service (NHS)

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3/18/20 Notable Events: Previous 24 Hours

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  • French research professor reported successful results from a new treatment for Covid-19
  • U.S. reported 6,519 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across all 50 states
  • President Trump announced the U.S.will temporarily close the Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic
  • President Trump announced he would invoke the Defense Production Act
  • President Trump stated he deployed 2 U.S. Navy ships to assist with COVID-19 crisis
  • President Trump announced that administration will suspend foreclosures and evictions of homeowners until at least the end of next month.
  • Guatemalan government temporarily suspended asylum agreement between Guatemala and U.S.
  • Europe surpassed China in its number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

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3/17/20 Highlights: Previous 24 Hours

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  • NY Gov Cuomo announced drive-through testing facilities will open
  • NY Gov Cuomo issued a statement to calm feared of mandatory quarantine
  • NJ Gov Murphy reportedly deployed National Guard, urged residents to stay home after 8 pm.
  • KY Gov Beshear delayed state’s primary election until 06/23/2020
  • OH Gov DeWine announced polls will be closed on Tuesday
  • Fed announced $500 billion repo operation to begin 03/17/2020
  • LabCorp issued a release stating it expected to be able to conduct 10K tests per day by the end of the week, up to 20K tests per day by the end of March
  • EU member nations agreed to close all external borders for thirty days
  • WHO issued a warning for Southeast Asian countries to take action to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Vietnam declared it will stop issuing visas to all foreign visitors, and any visitors from the United States, Europe, or ASEAN nations will face a mandatory quarantine
  • China now has fewer active cases than the rest of the world
  • Many African countries imposing strict travel restrictions to prevent the virus spread
  • Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa enacted further restrictions in the face of COVID-19

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