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Interfor International - COVID-19 Update - June 10

Interfor International – COVID-19 Update – June 10

Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – June 10, 2020

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 7,350,450 (2,046,153 in United States)

Total Deaths: 414,340 (114,167 in United States) 

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the US is officially in a recession, bringing an end to a historic 128 months of economic growth.
  • Texas reported a record number of hospitalized coronavirus patients after being among the first states to relax stay-at-home measures. ICU admissions are on the rise.
  • Arizona asked hospitals to activate emergency plans due to a rise in new coronavirus cases after reopening.
  • Donald Trump will resume political rallies this month following several months off the trail amid the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • The Washington, DC National Guard said some of its members have tested positive for COVID-19 since it was mobilized to respond to the protests but would not disclose how many, due to “operational security.”
  • New Jersey’s governor has lifted the state’s stay-at-home rules and signed an executive order raising the limit on outdoor gatherings to 100 people and indoor gatherings to either 25 percent capacity or 50 people. 
  • New York City’s mayor said the percentage of people citywide who tested positive for COVID-19 is at a record low of 1%, well under the 15% threshold for reopening.

International  

  • Singapore’s Health Authority has granted conditional approval for the antiviral drug Remdesivir to treat some coronavirus patients requiring more intensive breathing support.
  • Moscow’s mayor announced that various lockdown measures will end, such as a QR-code pass system and a self-isolation regime. Masks and gloves outside the home remain mandatory.
  • Germany will lift border controls with France, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark starting June 15. 
  • Spain said masks will continue to be mandatory even after the country’s state of emergency is lifted on June 21.
  • Brazil restored detailed COVID-19 data to its official national website after a Supreme Court ruling. The move came after days of allegations that the government was trying to mask the severity of the outbreak.  Talk of a potential intervention by the military has  begun to spread in the country.
  • China began human trials for an antibody treatment developed by Eli Lilly and Chinese company Junshi Biosciences. Eli Lilly will start a complementary phase one study in the US in the next few days.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • Protests around the country may lead to a spike in coronavirus cases. If you or someone in your household has participated in a protest, please monitor for symptoms and get tested. 
  • As lockdown eases 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.
  • Wearing masks lowers the risk of spread to others. Wear a mask.

WARNING:  Be sure to vet ALL information (including this update). Rumors and misinformation abound, the results of which can be as dangerous as the contagion itself. 

Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety. 

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