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Interfor International - Covid-19 Update - July 14

Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – July 14

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – July 14, 2020

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 13,269,326 (3,480,059 in United States)

Total Deaths: 576,409(138,273 in United States) 

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • New Jersey’s Department of Health Commissioner said that young adults are the state’s fastest growing group testing positive for Covid-19. In June, residents age 18-29 represented 22% of the state’s total cases.
  • New York City announced that no deaths were reported within a 24-hour period for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
  • Oregon’s governor announced that starting July 15 face coverings will be required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained. Additionally, indoor gatherings of more than 10 people will be prohibited.
  • New York’s Governor Cuomo  will soon issue an emergency health order that mandates people traveling from high-risk states must provide contact information to officials so the state can enforce the mandatory two-week quarantine.
  • California ordered all counties to close indoor activities at restaurants, bars, movie theaters, entertainment centers and museums due to a surge in Covid-19.
  • The US military is sending 740 medical personnel to virus hotspots Texas and California.

International  

  • The UK government announced that starting July 24, face coverings will be mandatory in all shops and supermarkets in England. Those who fail to comply face a fine of up to £100.
  • South Africa will resume a ban on alcohol sales and reinstate a daily curfew from 9pm-4am to free up hospital capacity as the country’s Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
  • Hong Kong is re-tightening travel restrictions and social distancing measures as it battles a “third wave” of cases. Masks will be mandatory on all public transport and public gatherings will be limited to four people. The city, which has a population density greater than that of NYC and a direct train to Wuhan, has only had 8 Covid-19 deaths. 
  • Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro will take another Covid-19 test this week after testing positive last week. He remains in “semi-isolation” and is working remotely.
  • A UN report released this week predicts the Covid-19 pandemic could send more than 130 million people around the world into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.
  • Bolivia’s Economy Minister is the country’s latest Cabinet member to test positive for coronavirus. At least five other top Bolivian government officials, including the stand-in President, have tested positive in recent days.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • Lockdown and social distancing restrictions are being reimplemented around the world. Be sure to stay informed about guidelines in your area. 
  • 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. 

WARNING:  Be sure to vet ALL information and rumors.

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