Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – July 24, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 15,689,665 (4,170,992 in United States)
Total Deaths: 637,337(147,347 in United States)
- Controversial new guidelines released by the CDC on education and childcare are in favor of opening schools, saying children do not suffer much from coronavirus, are less likely than adults to spread it, and suffer from being out of school.
- The US government has reached a $1.95 billion agreement with the drug company Pfizer to produce at least 100 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
- According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, 96 employees at OBI Seafoods, a processing plant in Seward, tested positive for Covid-19 and are being monitored.
- Mississippi’s governor said 10 hospitals in the state have no available ICU beds. He added the state is seeing an increase of cases in people aged 0-17, which had a 37% growth rate since July 12.
- Missouri reported a record single-day increase with 1,637 new Covid-19 infections.
- Miami’s Mayor said the city will increase penalties for those not adhering to its mask mandate, from $50 to $100 for first and second offenses. Violators could face arrest for third offenses.
- Japan recorded its highest daily Covid-19 infections since the beginning of the outbreak, with 981 new cases.
- China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced a $1 billion loan to Latin America and the Caribbean for Covid-19 vaccine access.
- France’s health ministry said coronavirus cases in the country have increased by 26% in one week and 66% in three weeks.
- Mexico’s health ministry reported a new daily record in coronavirus cases, with 8,438 infections in 24 hours. Mexico has the world’s fourth highest Covid-19 death toll, trailing the United States, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
- Spain’s northern region of Aragon will return to phase two of the de-escalation process following an increase in Covid-19 cases. Meetings of more than 10 are forbidden and the capacity of bars and restaurants will be reduced.
- Lockdown and social distancing restrictions are being re-implemented 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.
- CallerSmart has a useful guide to spotting coronavirus phone scams.
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