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Real-Time Crisis Monitoring - COVID 19

The Echosec Team April 7, 2020 General

The current global public health crisis has resulted in a massive increase in the amount of data being produced in the world, and therefore, the amount of data that Echosec Systems is processing. 

Our tools provide a unique information source with real-time signals from locations around the world. Many of our clients are using our tools to gather information about the pandemic and its spread—with a specific focus on borders, airports, and facilities along the supply chain.

We will be using this page as a repository for information gathered by our team, using the Echosec Systems platform and supporting OSINT tools.

Busy Airport

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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9:41 am: More COVID-19 cases discovered in China as asymptomatic citizens continue to spread. 

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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.

7:00 am: Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, fully recovers from COVID-19.

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March 27, 2020

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

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8:33 am: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner have tested positive for coronavirus.

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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10:26 am: The Government of Canada approved a bill of relief for $82 billion to stop the spread of coronavirus. The bill offers up to $2000 per month support those who have been financially impacted due to loss of work or personal illness.

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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

3:35 pm: North Americans take to social media to share their thoughts about implementing lawful enforcement of social distancing.

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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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10:30 am: Premier Ford announces shutdown of non-essential services across Ontario.

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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

10:40 pm: In Washington, community members come together to support one another during crisis.

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. 

11:31 am: We are seeing 852 conversations about COVID-19 in Manhattan right now:



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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9:46 am: Province of Ontario declares state of emergency.

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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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2:41 pm: Switzerland declares state of emergency.

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10:47 am: Canada will be closing border to non-citizens, except their immediate families, permanent residents, diplomats, and US citizens.

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9:09 am: Germany introduces border controls with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.

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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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7:35 AM: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Queens, NY 11430, USA
#coronavirus #TravelBan

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March 13, 2020


3:42 PM: Los Angeles, CA, USA "Covid19"

#losangeles #hoarding #supplies #covid19 
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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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12:23 PM: Leather factory quarantined in Noida, India

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

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