Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – August 28, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 24,663,035 (6,049,455 in United States)
Total Deaths: 836,631 (184,846 in United States)
- The White House announced the purchase of 150 million rapid Covid-19 tests from Abbott Labs. Abbott received emergency approval from the FDA for its antigen test, which will cost $5 and can detect a Covid-19 infection in 15 minutes.
- The federal agency Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority is investing nearly $2.5 million in efforts to create a needle-free coronavirus vaccine. Four small grants were given to groups trying to make oral vaccines or patches that could painlessly deliver a vaccine.
- US pharma company Johnson & Johnson will extend trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate to Chile and Argentina. The vaccine will undergo Phase 3 trials in eight countries altogether, involving some 60,000 adult volunteers.
- Iowa announced the closing of all bars, taverns, breweries, and nightclubs in six counties until further notice because of an uptick in Covid-19 cases.
- North Carolina State University is asking students who live on campus to move out of their housing by September 6, following a “rapid spread” of coronavirus cases. The university reported 325 positive cases between August 20 – 26.
- Alabama’s governor issued an amended “Safer at Home” order that includes extending the statewide mask requirement an additional 5 weeks until October 2.
- New York’s Governor Cuomo said the state has kept the coronavirus test positivity rates under 1% for the past 20 days, calling the statistic “really good news.”
- New Zealand will fine people for not wearing masks on public transport. Offenders will be punished with a fine of up to a $1,000 New Zealand dollars ($658).
- South Korea recorded 441 new coronavirus cases, marking the highest number of new daily cases since March 7.
- France’s Prime Minister declared 19 more areas around the country as coronavirus “red zones,” bringing the total to 21. These are areas where the virus is “actively” circulating, and the number of active cases has exceeded 50 per 100,000 people.
- Spain announced that face coverings will be mandatory in schools for children over age six, as part of measures that schools must adopt when students return in September.
- The UK reported its highest number of new daily Covid-19 cases since June 12, with 1,522 infections. It has removed the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland from its list of approved “travel corridor” countries; people arriving from those countries will now need to quarantine for 14 days.
- Havana, Cuba residents will be subjected to a nightly curfew from 7 pm until 5 am for at least 15 days and will not be allowed to travel to other provinces amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
- Wear a mask. There is no downside and projected deaths in the United States are considerably lower if the populace wears masks, according to several studies.
- You can download Interfor’s return to work guidelines here.
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