Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – June 12, 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)
PLEASE NOTE THAT BEGINNING NEXT WEEK WE WILL MOVE THESE UPDATES TO A TWICE-WEEKLY RELEASE — TUESDAY & FRIDAY
- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is testing a medicine that may treat and prevent COVID-19. It is the first trial of a COVID-19 antibody cocktail in the United States.
- Hawaii’s governor extended the state’s 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from out of state through the end of July.
- Puerto Rico, which had one of the earliest and strictest lockdowns, said that much of its economy would reopen next week and that tourists would be welcome starting July 15.
- Oregon’s governor is pausing efforts to reopen the state’s economy for a week because of a recent rise in virus cases.
- South Carolina saw its highest number of COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with 687 cases.
- Georgia’s Governor Kemp signed an executive order removing many restrictions starting June 16, allowing restaurants and movie theaters to no longer enforce maximum numbers for persons sitting together.
- Louisiana’s coronavirus cases increased by more than 400 for the third straight day.
- India reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases with 10,956, the first time cases have risen by more 10,000. India is now the fourth worst affected country, overtaking the UK.
- The World Health Organization said the pandemic is “accelerating” in Africa, with the number of COVID-19 cases doubling in less than 20 days. Additionally, it is warning of a shortage of test kits.
- South Korea’s health minister said the country is extending its coronavirus prevention and sanitation guidelines until daily new infections drop to single digits.
- The European Commission has drawn up guidelines for the reopening of Europe’s external borders starting July 1. The decision to lift restrictions for a specific country will be based on whether that country is in a similar or better epidemiological situation than Europe.
- The UK’s GDP fell by 20.4% in April, the first full month of lockdown. It is the largest fall since monthly records began in 1997.
- 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.
WARNING: Be sure to vet ALL information and rumors.
Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.