Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – June 16, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 8,141,389 (2,182,972 in United States)
Total Deaths: 439,705 (118,286 in United States)
- The FDA has revoked its emergency use authorization for the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, as they are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 based on the latest scientific evidence.
- Vermont’s governor extended the state’s COVID-19 emergency order to July 15, saying the order is just a vehicle to manage the state’s response and to help “lift things when the time is right.”
- Officials in West Virginia are monitoring a COVID-19 cluster tied to a church, after 28 people tested positive. The National Guard arrived to decontaminate the church, and additional testing has been added in the area.
- Seven major airlines, including American, Delta, Southwest and United, intend to roll out new policies requiring masks, enforced with a penalty such as a ban on flying with a particular carrier.
- South Carolina’s Congressman Tom Rice announced he is recovering from coronavirus after he and his family recently contracted it.
- Arkansas’ governor signed three executive orders protecting businesses from liability if a customer or employee is exposed to coronavirus.
- Iceland is reopening to international travelers. Passengers arriving in Iceland will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival; a positive result will result in 14 days of quarantine.
- Beijing is reintroducing strict lockdown measures after a new cluster of coronavirus cases emerged from the city’s largest wholesale food market. So far, more than 100 people have tested positive for the virus.
- Germany began using a coronavirus warning app designed to measure the breach of a 2-meter proximity for a long period of time. If a user has tested positive and has shared that information with the app, it will inform other users nearby of that diagnosis.
- New Zealand reported two new cases after more than three weeks of no new infections. The two new cases were imported from the UK.
- Researchers at Imperial College London will begin human trials of a UK government-funded COVID-19 vaccine this week.
- Guatemala’s president declared a state of “maximum alert” in four administrative regions in response to the increase in coronavirus cases in those areas. The new measures will last for 15 days and will include curfews.
- 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.