Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – May 18, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 4,827,380 (1,528,179 in United States)
Total Deaths: 317,180 (90,988 in United States)
Total Recovered: 1,868,643
- Biotech company Moderna has reported preliminary data showing that subjects who received its COVID-19 vaccine had positive early results. The early data comes from a Phase 1 clinical trial, which typically studies a small number of people and focuses on whether a vaccine is safe.
- Texas reported its highest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic with 1,801 positive cases.
- About 81% of Minnesota’s COVID-19 deaths were in nursing homes and residential care communities, the highest percentage of any state to report such data.
- Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport has installed personal protective equipment vending machines in several terminals selling an array of products from hand sanitizer to KN95 masks.
- New York’s Governor Cuomo was given a coronavirus test live during his Sunday press briefing to demonstrate the ease with which the test is given and said there is no reason why people should not get tested.
- New York City hit its goal of 20,000 coronavirus tests per day one week early after partnering with walk-in clinic CityMD. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is working to add another 6,000 tests per day at 123 urgent care centers across the city.
- The UK has added the loss of sense of smell, called anosmia to its official list of coronavirus symptoms. According to the UK’s department of health, “it can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.”
- The Czech Republic has lifted the country’s coronavirus state of emergency, but restrictions such as face coverings and border controls remain.
- Brazil’s confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed those of Spain and Italy, making its outbreak the fourth largest in the world behind the US, Russia and the UK.
- India has extended its lockdown until at least May 31, after the country reported its largest single-day surge in infections with 4,987 cases.
- Thailand has extended its ban on international flights until June 30 but will allow military aircraft, humanitarian aid and cargo flights.
- Pakistan resumed domestic flights between major cities after nearly two months, with the requirement of face masks and vacant seats between passengers. International flights will remain suspended till May 31.
- 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.
- 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.