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Interfor International - Covid-19 Update - July 7

Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – July 7

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – July 7, 2020

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 11,775,196 (3,041,312 in United States)

Total Deaths: 541,635(133,013 in United States) 

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • Late stage clinical trials of Regeneron’s antibody treatment for Covid-19, REGN-COV2, have begun at 100 sites and is expected to include 2,000 US patients. 
  • West Virginia issued an executive order mandating all adults and children 9 years and older to wear a face covering in places where social distancing is not possible.
  • Miami-Dade county’s mayor is rolling back reopening by closing restaurants, gyms and other businesses as coronavirus cases continue to rise.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that cases of coronavirus across the state have declined since reopening began in May. Meanwhile, New York City has entered phase three, but unlike other areas, it does not include indoor dining.
  • New Jersey’s Governor Murphy said the rate of transmission of Covid-19 in the state exceeded 1% for the first time in over two months. He added, “This is an early warning sign that quite frankly we need to do more.”
  • California recorded more than 11,700 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day jump seen anywhere in the US so far. California, New York, and Florida are the only states to have recorded daily case totals above 10,000.
  • The FDA granted an emergency use authorization for an on-site coronavirus antigen test that can yield results in 15 minutes.

International  

  • Israel has re-imposed a series of restrictions closing down event halls, clubs, bars, and gyms as coronavirus cases rise across the country. 
  • Hong Kong will require aircrew members to submit Covid-19 testing samples upon arrival. This comes as Hong Kong reported 14 new infections, including nine local cases, the highest number of local cases recorded since April 8.
  • Beijing reported no new coronavirus cases for the first time since the Xinfadi wholesale food market cluster was discovered on June 11.
  • India recorded 22,252 new Covid-19 cases, the fifth consecutive day the number of new infections has increased by more than 20,000.
  • Melbourne, Australia is going back into lockdown for six weeks, with newly-reopened businesses forced to close, as cases spike across Victoria state.
  • Pakistan’s top health official and special adviser to the Prime Minister has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • As lockdowns ease around the world, Interfor recommends becoming well acquainted with national and local directives, and continues to urge the observance of social distancing measures where possible. In the US, although many states are proceeding with plans to reopen, there is clear evidence cases are rising. 
  • Wear a mask. There is no downside.

WARNING:  Be sure to vet ALL information and rumors.

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