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Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – February 23

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – February 23, 2021

Latest numbers (as of 11am est):

Total Reported Cases: 111,824,687 (28,191,010in United States)

Total Deaths: 2,476,668 (500,441 in United States) 

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • The United States has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus related deaths. The total virus death toll is higher than in any other country in the world.
  • Amid the national debate about reopening schools during the pandemic, a new study from the CDC suggests teachers may be more likely to transmit the virus than students.
  • New Jersey will allow a limited number of fans to attend sports and entertainment events at venues with 5,000 or more seats, starting next week. Indoor venues will be limited to 10 percent while outdoor venues will be limited to 15 percent capacity.
  • Drug maker Johnson & Johnson says it will be able to provide 20 million U.S. doses of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March, assuming it receives the green light from federal regulators.
  • Starting today, New York will allow a limited number of fans in sports stadiums and arenas with 10,000 seats or more. All attendees will have to show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event.
  • New York City movie theaters will be allowed to open for the first time in nearly a year on March 1st, and can operate at 25 percent capacity, with no more than 50 people per screening. Masks will be mandatory, and theaters must assign seating to ensure proper social distancing.
  • Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is initiating a study to investigate the effectiveness of a third dose of its Covid-19 vaccine in response to emerging coronavirus variants.

International  

  • Japan appointed its first Minister for Loneliness this month after the country’s suicide rate increased for the first time in 11 years during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Israel is easing lockdown restrictions as studies there reveal the Pfizer vaccine is 95.8% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths. Despite the easing of restrictions, Israel’s airport will remain closed for another two weeks.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a roadmap for “cautiously easing” lockdown restrictions in England, starting March 8.
  • The French Riviera will be locked down over the next two weekends in an attempt to fight a spike in coronavirus infections
  • Pharmaceutical companies Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline have begun a Phase 2 trial of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate; if results are positive, a Phase 3 study could start in the second quarter of 2021.

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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