Interfor’s COVID-19 Updates – June 23, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 9,220,351 (2,389,166 in United States)
Total Deaths: 474,999 (122,634 in United States)
- Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, is expected to testify this morning that the agency “has developed a new laboratory test that checks for three viruses at the same time, two types of influenza viruses, and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.”
- Florida’s coronavirus cases have surpassed 100,000. Health experts worry the state could be the next epicenter of the pandemic.
- Louisiana’s governor said the state will not move to phase 3 at the end of the week, due to a rise in cases and hospitalizations. The state will remain in phase 2 under a new order that will be extended for 28 days.
- According to Houston’s police spokesperson, at least 103 Houston police officers are currently quarantined with COVID-19.
- Los Angeles recorded another single-day high with 2,571 coronavirus cases. Unlike previous highs, this number is not due to a backlog in lab reports. Despite having only a quarter of the state’s residents, LA County has nearly half the coronavirus cases in California.
- Miami is requiring face coverings in public due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Until now, masks were only required indoors.
- Gilead Sciences announced the start of trials of an inhaled version of the antiviral drug Remdesivir. The drug is currently administered intravenously, and is the only one with FDA authorization to treat coronavirus infections.
- Saudi Arabia will restrict this year’s Haj pilgrimage to a small number of people already in the country. The annual pilgrimage normally attracts millions of visitors from around the world.
- The German state of North-Rhine Westphalia has imposed a new lockdown around a meat processing factory following a COVID 19 outbreak that has infected 1,553 workers.
- Beijing’s government has locked down two construction sites after three workers tested positive for COVID-19.
- The Netherlands reported no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since March 12.
- Hong Kong reported its highest number of daily coronavirus cases in two months, with 30 new cases. All cases have travel history, with most arriving on repatriation flights from Pakistan and the Philippines.
- UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the country will reopen restaurants, pubs, hair salons, museums, and cinemas beginning July 4, in the most significant easing of restrictions since they were imposed three months ago.
- The World Trade Organization said that world trade fell by 18.5% in the second quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the steepest fall on record.
- 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 U.S., although many states are proceeding with plans to reopen, there is clear evidence cases are rising.
- Wear a mask. There is no downside.
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