COVID-19 Update: U.S. Deaths Continue to Climb

California, Florida, Arizona and South Carolina are seeing significant declines in daily average cases from two weeks prior, but daily deaths continue to rise.
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Beirut Explosion Leaves 300,000 Displaced

The presumed cause of the massive explosion was approximately 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port since at least 2014 after being confiscated from a cargo ship. Ammonium nitrate is a chemical used in fertilizer and explosives. For context, the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995 contained just 2 tons of ammonium nitrate.
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Massive Explosion in Beirut Leaves Thousands Injured

During afternoon hours local time in Beirut, Lebanon, a massive explosion occurred in a warehouse near the Beirut Port Silos Building at the Port of Beirut. At least 78 people have been confirmed killed and over 3,000 injured. These numbers are likely to rise.

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Hurricane Isaias Update

As of this morning, Hurricane Isaias is a Category 1 storm with wind speeds in excess of 75MPH. It is currently tracking northward towards the Bahamas, where a Hurricane Warning is in effect. A Hurricane Watch has just been issued for portions of the Florida east coast from Deerfield Beach northward to the Volusia-Brevard County Line. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos Islands.

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COVID-19 Update: U.S. Deaths Continue to Climb

Texas and Florida are seeing slight declines in daily average cases from two weeks prior, but daily deaths continue to rise. On 28 July, both Florida and Texas reported record daily deaths at 186 and 223 respectively. Deaths are likely to continue to rise for the next two-three week, as each state continues to report between 8,000-10,000 new cases per day.
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Sino-American Relations Continue to Deteriorate

On 21 July, the U.S. government gave China 72 hours to close its consulate in Houston, citing Chinese espionage and influence operations. In a tit-for-tat move, Chinese authorities ordered the closure of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu on 24 July. The closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston – which has long drawn FBI counterintelligence scrutiny – follows a 21 July Department of Justice indictment of two Chinese nationals for state-sanctioned hacking of COVID-19 vaccine research. This diplomatic row is the latest development in a series of geopolitical moves as the Trump administration is increasing pressure on China ahead of the November election.  
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COVID-19 Update: U.S. Deaths Mount After Weeks of Surging Cases

California, Texas, and Florida continue to average nearly 10,000 new cases per day over the last seven days. On a per-capita basis, Arizona and Louisiana lead the way, with more than 20,000 cases per 1M residents. 
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COVID-19 Update: U.S. Continues to See Major Surge in Cases

Several states continue to set records for daily new cases, including California, Texas, and Florida, which are averaging nearly 10,000 new cases per day over the last seven days. Florida recorded more than 15,000 new cases on 13 July, more than New York ever reported during their outbreak in March and April. Multiple states have paused or rolled-back reopening efforts:
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Special Webinar: Business in India 2020

 

With an estimated 30,000 new cases per day, India is the third hardest hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic. India is not only a hot-spot for the virus, but for global business operations as well. Join us next Wednesday, July 22, to hear from regional expert, Zane Wilmans, Managing Director at Protexx Risk Management, Global Guardian CEO, Dale Buckner, and Michael Ballard, Global Guardian Director of Intel on this important topic.

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COVID-19 Update: U.S. States See Major Surge in Cases

Several states continue to set records for daily new cases, including California, Texas, and Florida, which are averaging more than 8,000 new cases per day over the last seven days. Multiple states have paused or rolled-back reopening efforts:
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