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Interfor International – COVID-19 Daily Update – May 13

Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – May 13, 2020

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 4,365,744 (1,408,823 in United States)

Total Deaths: 293,766 (83,445 in United States) 

Total Recovered: 1,616,212

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • While appearing remotely during a Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that reopening states too soon can lead to more “suffering and death” and set the country back from a full economic recovery.
  • The University of Washington’s pandemic model, one of the more consistent models during this crisis, now predicts 147,000 total U.S. deaths by August 4th.
  • A new study shows that over 100,000 small business have had to shut their doors permanently due to the virus. This number represents 2% of small businesses in the country.
  • Ohio said that 22% of its 1,436 reported COVID-19 related deaths are from long-term care facilities. In response, the state’s testing policy will prioritize nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
  • Rhode Island’s Department of Health said Latino patients account for 44% of the state’s coronavirus cases, despite comprising about 16% of the state’s overall population.
  • A directive from the New Jersey Department of Health requires all residents and staff at long-term care facilities to be tested COVID-19 by May 26.
  • Florida official stated that initial results from antibody tests showed a higher positivity rate in Miami (10%)compared to 2% and 3% in Orlando and Jacksonville.
  • Illinois reported 4,014 new coronavirus cases, the highest number in a 24-hour period.
  • Los Angeles has extended its stay-at-home order until August.

International  

  • Iceland plans to ease restrictions on international travelers by June 15. Travelers will have to choose between aCOVID-19 test or a two-week quarantine upon arrival and will be required to use the official tracing app during their stay.
  • Hong Kong confirmed two new locally-transmitted coronavirus cases in the city, the first in 22 days.
  • Turkey will enforce a 4-day curfew over the weekend ahead of a public holiday. The country does not have a countrywide lockdown, instead opting for curfews on weekends and holidays.
  • Denmark is establishing a new government agency as part of its Ministry of Justice to prepare for future epidemics or another wave of the coronavirus.
  • Russia reported over 10,000 new cases for the 11th consecutive day. Meanwhile, the president’s spokesman has been hospitalized due to the coronavirus.
  • Thailand reported no new coronavirus cases for the first time since January 13.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • Lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease around the world in accordance with the relative local levels of contagion and political pressure. Interfor recommends becoming well acquainted with national and local directives, and continues to urge the observance of social distancing measures where possible.
  • Companies seeking to develop a re-opening plan should survey their employees to get an understanding of the challenges they face: childcare, transportation, mental health, etc.
  • Cybercrime methods and tactics are proliferating. When in doubt about a suspicious communication, always verify first.
  • Wearing masks lowers the risk of spread to others. Wear a mask.

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. 

Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety. 

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