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Real-Time Crisis Monitoring - COVID 19

The Echosec Team June 1, 2020 General

As the COVID-19 global health crisis transpired, the Echosec Systems team closely monitored the situation using the Echosec tool. 

Echosec allowed us to gather relevant information that gave real-time insight into how the pandemic was affecting the public. We saw firsthand, from the perspective of citizens, the impact of the decisions made by our world's leaders. We saw communities come together with innovative ways to support one another and connect during a complete global lockdown (#stayhome). There were scientific breakthroughs, and some head-shaking political moments.

Using Echosec, we gathered relevant data during airport closures, monitored retail and supply chains as the public started panic-buying, and we watched the number of cases rise and fall in various countries. 

Below is a compilation of pertinent COVID-19 information we gathered over the course of March, April, and May 2020 using Echosec. To learn more about real-time crisis monitoring with Echosec, please get in touch.

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May 29, 2020

3:55 pm: President Trump terminates the United States' relationship with the World Health Organization.

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May 28, 2020

12:56 pm: New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new executive order which will allow private businesses to deny entry to any customers not wearing a mask.

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May 27, 2020

11:33 am: Cook Islands have not recorded even one COVID-19 case since the onset of the pandemic due to complete lockdown of borders. The economy of this popular tourist destination has taken a hit, however their government has decided to implement financial support to citizens during the economic downturn, to keep them healthy and safe.

1:00 am: A cab driver in Singapore has been jailed for four months after spreading misinformation on Facebook. The driver urged users in a large private Facebook group to stock up on food supplies after falsely claiming that outlets were closing. Singapore has cracked down on the spread of misinformation during the pandemic nearly a year after passing the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA).

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May 26, 2020

1:28 pm: The UK prime minister's most senior adviser battles public backlash for travelling across the country during the coronavirus lockdown, while he and his wife had virus symptoms.

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12:07 am: Brazil has now recorded the highest daily COVID-19 death toll, surpassing the United States. South America is now considered the virus's epicentre.

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May 25, 2020

1:41 pm: Boris Johnson announces all non-essential shops in England to reopen June 15th. Open air establishments and car showrooms to open June 1st.

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1:28 pm: The World Health Organization halts hydroxychloroquine testing due to safety concerns.

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May 22, 2020

9:37 am: A study released Friday by the medical journal Lancet suggests that COVID-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine are at higher risk of death than patients not treated with the drug. The antimalarial drug has been promoted by President Trump as a legitimate COVID-19 treatment.

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May 21, 2020

12:07 pm: The first shipment of ventilators from the United States arrived Thursday afternoon in Russia to aid with COVID-19 treatment. The US is planning to deliver a total of 200 ventilators valued at USD $5.6 million to the country.

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10:57 am: A robot shaped like the coronavirus has been tasked to clean and disinfect the streets of Chennai, India. The robot was designed by artist, B Gautham, who also designed coronavirus helmets for police officers earlier in the onset of the pandemic.

May 20, 2020

1:10 pm: The WHO announced over 100,000 new COVID-19 cases within the previous 24 hours on Wednesday, the highest number in a single day since the pandemic began. The toll indicates a rise in cases in poorer nations, despite richer countries beginning to ease lockdown measures.

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10:57 am: Brazil becomes the country with the world's third highest death toll, with over one thousand COVID-19 deaths recorded yesterday.

May 19, 2020

1:49 pm: Many users take to social media Tuesday to discuss President Donald Trump's threat to permanently halt WHO funding and reconsider the nation's membership. The sentiment was expressed in a letter to WHO's Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, which Trump posted publicly to Twitter late on Monday.

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May 15, 2020

12:46 pm: Donald Trump has vowed to deliver a coronavirus vaccine by year's end as he launched an initiative, dubbed "Operation Warp Speed".

The effort will begin with studies on 14 promising vaccine candidates for accelerated research and approval.

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9:57 am: Microsoft will be using open-source technology for COVID-19 tracking intelligence.

May 13, 2020

10:32 am: California state reopens Tesla factory five days prior to the May 18, 2020 date suggested by heath authorities.

May 12, 2020

11:14 am: Checking in on Stockholm, Sweden. The country never fully locked down, but precautionary measures are in place allowing bars and restaurants to remain open.

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May 11, 2020

2:04 pm: Vancouver, BC hospital workers face anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protestors, who barricade the ambulance bay. 

11:27 am: Germany sees a rise in COVID-19 cases after easing lockdown and social distancing practices begin to relax. 

10:37 am: Robot dog enforces COVID-19 safety protocols in Singapore park. 

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May 8, 2020

3:49 pm: Artemisia, an herb grown in Madagascar and used to treat malaria, is being sent to North America to be tested for COVID-19 treatment.

May 7, 2020

1:28 pm: Shopping malls reopen in many US states including Texas. 

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May 6, 2020

4:15 pm: Scientists in Belgium are studying the blood of llamas, specifically a llama named Winter. Her blood contains a special class of disease-fighting antibodies that could be useful in treating COVID-19. 

10:01 am: Airbnb lets go of 1900 employees due to ongoing global travel restrictions. 

May 5, 2020

3:44 pm: US Vice-President Mike Pence announces that the White House coronavirus task force may be disbanded this month noting "tremendous progress".

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May 4, 2020

3:00 pm: Hong Kong implements tracking bracelets for incoming travellers, which must be worn for two weeks. Refusal to comply is punishable by law. 

1:40 pm: FDA approves first drug treatment, Remdesivir, for use with COVID-19 patients. 

April 30, 2020

6:40 pm: Medical Detection Dogs will begin trials for detecting COVID-19. Trained dogs have the ability to detect other diseases including malaria and Parkinson's disease, and could be a less-invasive way to detect the virus in asymptomatic patients. 

11:09 am: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tests positive for coronavirus. He will self-isolate for 14 days to contain transmission.

April 29, 2020

10:55 am: Public law enforcement has been strictly administering punishment for spreading of disinformation and "fake news".

April 28, 2020

11:20 am: Unusual symptoms appearing in children in the UK. The NHS reports a rare but severe "multi-system inflammation" condition affecting young patients. Some, but not all have tested positive for coronavirus. 

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9:59 am: Quebec plans to reopen retail businesses with an outdoor entrance on May 4th outside of Montreal, followed by daycare centres, elementary schools, construction, and manufacturing businesses. Many take to social media Tuesday to discuss the province's early moves to reopen despite being the hardest hit Canadian province by COVID-19:

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9:01 am: Officials say that restrictions will be lifted for businesses only in New Zealand, after the new cases fall to "single digits" with only one new case on Monday. The public is still encouraged to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

April 27, 2020

11:27 am: Boris Johnson addresses the UK for the first time since his return to 10 Downing Street after a three-day stay in intensive care. The Prime Minister's messages were cautious but hopeful, suggesting May 7th as the earliest loosening of the lockdown.  

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9:53 am: China is slowly starting to reopen schools after significantly stopping the spread of the coronavirus. To stop the potential second wave of virus, social distancing is being strictly enforced by using masks and desks being spread 6 feet apart.

1:13 am: Russia now has more reported COVID-19 cases than China, with over 6,000 cases reported in the last 24 hours.

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April 24, 2020

12:13 pm: The internet responds to Donald Trump's suggestion that inner "cleansing" using bleach and other household disinfectants might be worth considering. 

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9:33 am: The first version of Apple and Google's COVID-19 contact tracing or "exposure notification" software is set for release, promising privacy features and data encryption. 

5:48 am: The United States opts out of a WHO initiative to expedite global cooperation on a COVID-19 vaccine and research.

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April 23, 2020

1:15 pm: Over 30 employees at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey test positive for COVID-19, the largest known outbreak for the company yet. In other Amazon news, AWS has acquired a contract to store data for an Australian coronavirus tracing app offshore, raising data privacy concerns.

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April 22, 2020

3:33 pm: All of Germany's states have announced plans to make face masks compulsory to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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9:12 am: 160 recovered COVID-19 patients in South Korea were re-tested positive, however risk of transmission seems to be low - an indication that once the body develops neutralizing antibodies the rate of contagion is reduced.

8:49 am: South Africa deploys 70,000 troops to enforce lockdown measures, which restrict individuals from leaving for any non-essential reasons. Jogging, alcohol and cigarette sales, and dog-walking are all considered violations.

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April 21, 2020

2:35 pm: A chicken processing plant in Vancouver confirmed 28 COVID-19 cases among the work force, the second food supply chain facility to close this week in Canada after a beef processing plant shut down on April 20th in Alberta.

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1:03 pm: Cleveland Clinic study comes back with 14.8% false negative using ID NOW for COVID-19 testing. 

11:09 am: Oxford university to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine this Thursday. The vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 will be trialled on up to 510 people out of a group of 1,112 aged 18 to 55. It is recruiting volunteers in London, Bristol, Oxford and Southampton. 

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April 20, 2020

12:00 pm: US oil prices drop below zero for the first time in history due to lack of demand and full storage facilities.

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11:50 am: Halifax and other east coast Canadian provinces advise citizens to find "safe" ways to mourn Canada's biggest mass shooting in history, while maintaining social distance.

9:23 am: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro criticized for supporting anti-lockdown movement demanding that restrictions introduced to stop the spread of coronavirus be lifted.

As of Sunday, Brazil had more than 38,000 confirmed cases and 2400 deaths.

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April 17, 2020

2:58 pm: After President Donald Trump unveiled a roadmap for reopening the US economy on Thursday, Jacksonville county in Florida started reopening public spaces on Friday afternoon:

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9:37 am: Global COVID-19 death toll surpasses 150,000.

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4:03 am: Myanmar is releasing up to 25,000 prisoners in amnesty in advance of the country's New Year festival, in spite of risks related to COVID-19.

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April 15, 2020

2:58 pm: The workforce at Kearl Oilsands in Alberta, owned by Imperial and ExxonMobil Canada, is experiencing a new COVID-19 outbreak:

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April 14, 2020

5:16 pm: Trump suspends WHO funding:

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8:03 am: Ransomware emails up 4,000% during COVID-19. New work-from-home arrangements allow for new vulnerabilities ranging from phishing campaigns to BECs (business email compromises) and "Zoombombing." 

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6:48 am: Thousands of migrants gather at Mumbai's Bandra Station after lockdown restrictions are extended to May 3:

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April 9, 2020

12:57 pm: Canadian start-up launches free tool that translates bills of materials into mapped supply chain disruptions based on WHO COVID-19 data:

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11:27 am: Mass graves are being dug and used on a daily basis on the Bronx's Hart Island to bury unclaimed bodies from hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19.

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April 8, 2020

12:38 am: WHO warns political leaders against "politicizing" coronavirus, warning that doing so could result in further spread of the virus and "more body bags".

10:30 am: A growing number of suspects arrested on serious criminal charges have been ordered released from custody in recent weeks by judges concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in Canada’s prisons.

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April 7, 2020

3:30 pm: Geofencing Pier 90 in New York City, where US Navy Ship "Comfort" is caring for non COVID-19 patients, providing relief to the city's hospitals. There has been some controversy on the efficacy of this effort, some reports say merely a fraction of the beds onboard are being utilized.

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April 6, 2020

4:41 pm: Bauer, a company that makes professional hockey gear, has pivoted to begin making face shields for hospital workers to protect against coronavirus.

1:11 pm: 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19, Boris Johnson is moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen.

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8:10 am: A tiger tests positive due to a unique human-to-animal transmission of COVID-19 at the Bronx Zoo in New York. 

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April 3, 2020

2:06 pm: Amazon launches a COVID-19 related supplies store for hospitals and governments. 

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1:46 pm: A Detroit bus driver who took to social media only four days ago with complaints about a woman who "coughed openly" on the bus, has died of COVID-19. Social media users urge others to "wake up" amidst carelessness about social distancing and coronavirus precautions. 

10:56 am: An armoured police robot is patrolling the streets in Tunis, Tunisia to enforce COVID-19 lockdown. The robot is programmed to approach civilians who are walking the streets and request ID for police to review.

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April 2, 2020

2:07 pm: More than a million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University

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April 1, 2020

6:48 pm: Zoom, a video conferencing technology, faces privacy and security concerns over a new trend in cybercriminal activity called "zoom bombing," including a recent incident where attackers hijacked a presentation in an eighth-grade classroom.

4:35 pm: According to the WHO, only two types of people should wear masks: those who are sick and show symptoms, and those who are caring for people who are suspected to have the coronavirus. In certain parts of the world, masks are compulsory. In other parts, masks are not the norm. 

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4:17 pm: The social disease brewing from COVID-19 is becoming apparent as hashtags like #covidiots start trending worldwide. 

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March 31, 2020

3:39 pm: Fashion giant Burberry London shuts down trench coat production to use their factory to make surgical gowns. They have also donated an undisclosed amount to Oxford University to fund research for COVID-19 vaccines.

12:01 pm: Some happier news - the public finds creative ways to build community, pass time in self-isolation, and even celebrate one another as governments urge for continued social distancing.

11:13 am: Gun shops in LA County deemed "essential business" and reopen to lineups of customers.

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10:54 am: Pier 90, where USNS Comfort hospital ship is docked. 711 12th Ave, New York, NY 10019, USA

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March 30, 2020

1:17 pm: Florida governor says the 1200 passengers aboard the Zaandam cruise ship, at least 189 of whom are sick, cannot disembark in the state. So far, four passengers have died of COVID-19 symptoms.

March 27, 2020

1:05 pm: COVID-19 cases in the United States surpass 100,000.

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1:58 am: Citizens are clashing with police on the border of China's Hubei and Jiangxi provinces near the Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge over border controls due to COVID-19.

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March 26, 2020

12:19 am: New York City hospitals report 13 deaths in the last 24 hours. The City has approved ventilator-splitting in order to treat two coronavirus patients at once, due to a severe shortage in equipment.

11:43 am: Police in India are using canes on the streets to enforce the country's 21-day lockdown:

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10:32 am: Airports in Shanghai prepares to close borders to foreigners, to prevent 2nd wave of COVID-19.

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March 25, 2020

2:44 pm: 8 American and 3 international Amazon warehouses have confirmed COVID-19 cases in their workforce.

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9:50 am: Thousands of passengers are stranded at Istanbul airport for a full week.

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March 24, 2020

11:05 am: Spain’s death toll spikes up another 514 people in 24 hours. Of the country's 40,000 confirmed cases, 5,400 are healthcare workers.

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10:23 am: People flock to stores across India shortly after Modi declares a total lockdown for 21 days.

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9:53 am: Scene from London's tube the day after Boris Johnson orders people to stay home except for essential work, shopping, and care.

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March 23, 2020

4:40 pm: The National Rifle Association is laying off staff, cutting salaries, and reducing hours.

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9:52 am: Puget Sound Boeing production operations are suspended for 14 days.

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March 22, 2020

2:12 pm: COVID-19 fears spark prison riots in Bogota, Columbia, leaving 23 dead and 83 injured.

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March 20, 2020

10:18 am: UK Jaguar / Land Rover factories suspend production.

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7:11 am: Amazon employees are encouraged to work overtime, as online shopping, and demand for essential items rises. 

6:07 am: The death toll in Italy has surpassed China's at 3,405, with 5,000 new cases. 

March 19, 2020

1:54 pm: Tesla suspends production at its plant in Fremont, California.

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10:19 am:  Australia and New Zealand are banning all non-resident’s entry into the country starting Friday. Governments agreed on regulations that would not affect permanent residents. 

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8:40 am: The Italian army has been called in to move bodies from the town of Bergamo to neighbouring provinces, due to rising death toll.

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March 18, 2020

1:34 pm: Joe Francica at Syncsort has compiled a resource page for COVID-19 information gathering using location-intelligence tools including the Echosec Systems platform. 

10:06 am: Alabama Hyundai plant closes:

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10:05 am: An urgent build is taking place to implement a temporary hospital on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia. The facility will accommodate up to 500 patients. So far, a low number of COVID-19 cases has been reported.

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8:48 am: US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to close the US-Canada border to all non-essential travel. Along with this, Donald Trump tweeted that “Trade will not be affected.”

March 17, 2020

2:31 pm: After a one month closure, all 42 Apple stores have reopened their doors in China. 

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12:42 pm: Over 777 million children are affected by school closures in over 100 countries as a result of COVID-19 government-initiated quarantines.

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10:35 am: USA sees a spike in new gun-owners and firearm sales. Many gun owners are concerned about the potential of added restrictions during COVID-19 pandemic.

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9:23 am: GM Technical Center employee in Warren, Michigan tests positive for COVID-19.

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March 16, 2020

7:20 pm: Transportation Security Administration worker at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport tests positive for COVID-19.

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5:06 am: EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg International Airport operating on regular schedule.

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March 15, 2020


5:24 PM: As Europe hits highest one-day death toll, police in Spain begin using drones to tell people in parks and streets to go home.

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March 13, 2020

3:00 PM: Volkswagen plant in Mexico at risk for Coronavirus infection

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3:17PM: Wuhan, Hubei, China

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12:12PM: 5 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the Boeing factory in Everett, WA:

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11:24AM: Social updates from the Italian/Swiss Border

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