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Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – December 22

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – December 22

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 77,417,513 (18,043,824 in United States)

Total Deaths: 1,705,654 (319,466 in United States) 

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • The Senate passed a $900 billion Covid-19 relief package Monday night. President Trump is expected to sign it in the coming days.
  • President-elect Joe Biden received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Newark, Delaware, Monday afternoon during a live televised event.
  • Operation Warp Speed has delivered more than 4.6 million vaccines to all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico; 614,117 people have received the shot as of Monday morning, according to the CDC.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom began a 10-day quarantine on Sunday, after a member of his staff tested positive for Covid-19.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that British Airways and Delta Airlines have agreed to test all passengers from the UK before they enter the state. This comes after a new more highly contagious Covid-19 variant was reported in England.
  • Washington State announced new travel restrictions for people arriving from the United Kingdom and South Africa, where a new strain of the coronavirus is circulating. Travelers from either country will have to quarantine for 14 days.

International  

  • The United Kingdom has detected a new variation of Covid-19 that, according to England’s chief medical officer, is more contagious than previous variants. The new strain has also been found In Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, and Australia.
  • UK-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has signed a cooperation deal with the Russian makers of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. Joint clinical trials to test the combination of the two vaccines will be part of this cooperation.
  • The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, making it the first Covid-19 vaccine authorized in the European Union.
  • Ecuador declared the start of a 30-day state of emergency and 15-day nationwide curfew. Bars and clubs will shut down, while hotels and restaurants will be allowed to operate at 30% capacity.
  • Virgin Atlantic will require proof of a negative Covid-19 test for all passengers traveling from London to the United States starting December 24.
  • China aims to inoculate 50 million people with domestically produced Covid-19 vaccines ahead of February’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • In light of the new Covid-19 strain thought to be considerably more contagious, all non-essential travel should be reconsidered. 
  • 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. 

WARNING:  Be sure to vet ALL information and rumors.

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