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Interfor International – COVID-19 Daily Update – May 14

Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – May 14, 2020

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 4,455,677 (1,430,653 in United States)

Total Deaths: 298,906 (85,234 in United States) 

Total Recovered: 1,676,432

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • The United States’ new weekly jobless claims number rose by 2.98 million, bringing the total over the past eight weeks to more than 36.5 million.
  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state’s lockdown policy, maintaining that such a mandate is not sanctioned in the constitution.
  • The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said that inmates are now self-administrating oral-fluid tests for COVID-19. The department expects the positive case rate to “increase dramatically” due to expanded testing.  
  • According to the Coast Guard, around 61,100 crew members are currently stuck onboard 91 cruise ships in U.S. waters and ports. Many of these ships are stranded due to regulations imposed by the CDC following outbreaks on ships.
  • Washington, DC’ Mayor has extended the stay-at-home order until June 8th.
  • Illinois reported its highest coronavirus death toll in a single day with 192 fatalities.
  • Louisiana, one of the hardest hit states, will lift its stay-at-home order on Friday.
  • Georgia’s governor said the Department of Public Health “plans to have 1,000 staff deployed in the weeks ahead” to conduct contact tracing.

International  

  • The UK has approved a coronavirus antibody test developed by pharmaceutical company Roche and is working towards acquiring enough kits for widespread testing.
  • Turkey will allow children under the age of 14 to go outside for four hours, for the first time in over a month. Turkey has an age-specific lockdown prohibiting those over age 65 and below 20 from leaving their homes.
  • Italy reported that active coronavirus cases have dropped below 80,000 for the first time since March 31.
  • Health officials in China will be stepping up coronavirus testing and screening countrywide amid growing concerns of a domestic rebound in cases.
  • Japan lifted its state of emergency for 39 of its 47 prefectures. Tokyo, Osaka, and six urban prefectures will remain under lockdown, with the government assessing their status on May 21.
  • Chile reported its highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day, with 2,660 new cases.

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.
  • 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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