Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – May 19, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 4,917,473 (1,550,539 in United States)
Total Deaths: 320,609 (91,985 in United States)
Total Recovered: 1,924,986
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 140,000 free antibody tests for first responders and healthcare workers are now available as part of a four-week federal testing program.
- According to the Defense Department, as of Monday morning at least 5,727 US service members have tested positive for coronavirus.
- 2,600 workers in Nebraska’s meat processing industry have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began and account for almost 25% of the state’s total cases.
- Missouri will now test every staffer and resident at long-term care facilities having at least one confirmed COVID-19 case.
- The Navajo Nation has surpassed New York and New Jersey with the highest per capita infection rate, now more than 4,000 COVID-19 infections.
- Apple stores are reopening with restrictions for customers and employees, including temperature checks and face coverings. Apple is limiting the number of customers inside stores, who must observe social distancing.
- Italy recorded its lowest daily coronavirus death toll since the beginning of its lockdown on March 9, with 99 fatalities.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new Franco-German fund worth 500 billion euros as part of the European Union’s coronavirus recovery plan.
- Scotland’s First Minister said the country will lay out its roadmap for easing restrictions on Thursday. Phase One will likely start May 28, when lockdown measures are due to end.
- The city of Shulan in northeastern China tightened its lockdown measures after reporting new locally transmitted coronavirus cases. Under the new rules, only one person from each household will be allowed to leave once every two days to purchase necessities.
- Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, who was hospitalized after being diagnosed with coronavirus, has been discharged from the hospital and resumed his official duties.
- 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.
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Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.