Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – June 8, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 7,115,640 (2,007,696 in United States)
Total Deaths: 406,613 (112,472 in United States)
Total Recovered: 3,474,390
- The Food and Drug Administration has changed its policy on decontamination of N95 masks mainly used by health professionals, saying certain masks made in China should not be reused.
- New York City begins the first phase of re-opening today after nearly three months of lockdown restrictions. As many as 400,000 people are expected to return to work in construction, manufacturing and retail.
- Florida reported more than 1,000 confirmed cases for the fourth straight day as the state continues with its reopening plan.
- A hospital in El Centro, California with a 20-bed intensive care unit has been overwhelmed with Americans and green card holders fleeing overcrowded clinics and hospitals in Mexicali, a city just over the U.S.-Mexico border.
- A new modeling study published in the scientific journal Nature suggests that if large-scale shutdown policies had not been implemented after the coronavirus pandemic made its way to the US, the country would have had about 60 million more infections.
- NYPD Chief of Transportation William Morris has died of coronavirus, a month and a half after he was hospitalized.
- New Zealand’s Prime Minister announced the country is free of coronavirus and the economy would be fully reopened. All lockdown restrictions, apart from the international border, were lifted.
- A government official in Mexico announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 just two days after he was seen with the country’s President.
- Japan recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since March 6.
- India reported nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases on the day before its lockdown ends. Meanwhile, New Delhi’s Chief Minister is in self-isolation after showing coronavirus symptoms.
- New arrivals into the UK, regardless of nationality, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Enforcement action will take place and those found to have breached the requirement face a fine of up to £1,000.
- South Korea reported more than 50 cases for the second day in a row as authorities work to suppress a spike in fresh infections in Seoul.
- 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.
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Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.