Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – May 15, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 4,553,432 (1,458,243 in United States)
Total Deaths: 304,191 (86,942 in United States)
Total Recovered: 1,719,197
- The CDC released some of its reopening guidance which schools, businesses and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns.
- The New York Stock Exchange will reopen its trading floor to a small group of brokers on May 26th. Floor brokers and visitors will be screened, have temperatures taken, required to wear masks and observe social distancing.
- According to a US defense official, at least five sailors who had returned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier have tested positive for coronavirus, despite extensive efforts by the US Navy to prevent another outbreak on the ship.
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that three upstate regions have met all seven metrics to begin reopening today. He added that the state would allow certain low-risk businesses and activities to resume operating.
- Cook County in Illinois, which includes Chicago and surrounding areas, has replaced Queens County in New York as the single US county with the highest number of current coronavirus cases.
- New Orleans will slowly reopen on May 16th, with mandatory face covering for residents when in public.
- Retail sales, which measures spending at restaurants, bars, and stores, fell by 16.4 percent in April, leading to the biggest two-month decline on record.
- Germany will ease quarantine restrictions for travelers from the EU, the Schengen passport-free zone, and the UK as part of their goal for unrestricted travel in Europe by mid-June. A two-week mandatory quarantine still applies to arriving visitors from countries outside the EU.
- Moscow is launching a free mass coronavirus screening program starting today to test the population for antibodies.
- According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, between March 2 and May 1, COVID-19 was the cause for 27.3% of total deaths in English and Welsh care homes.
- The World Bank has approved a $1 billion package for India to provide support for its poor and vulnerable populations.
- According to the Italian National Institute of Statistics, the number of calls to a government-run anti-violence helpline in Italy increased by 73% during the coronavirus lockdown.
- Korean Air will require passengers to wear face masks on domestic flights starting Monday.
- Mexico reports its highest one-day jump in coronavirus cases as it prepares to reopen on June 1.
- 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.