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Interfor International - COVID-19 Daily Update - May 11th 2021

Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – May 11th

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – May 11th, 2021

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 159,031,885(32,744,471in United States)

Total Deaths: 3,306,038 (582,162 in United States) 

Full Vaccinations Administered: 319 million, globally (United States: 116M – 31.8% of population)

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • The average number of administered doses in the United States has dropped below 2 million per day.
  • The FDA has approved the use of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds, which is expected to be a boon for school and summer camp reopening. 
  • For the third day in a row new Covid-19 cases in the United States falls below 40,000.
  • Philadelphia to announce its reopening plan today at 1pm. The rest of Pennsylvania is set to fully reopen on May 31, with all restrictions lifted except for mask mandates. 
  • For the first time since widespread testing began, no areas in New York City have yielded positivity rates higher than 5%, marking a rapid drop-off in the infection rate. 
  • As Michigan passes the 55% vaccinated population mark, it will remove the work-from-home mandate it has in place for employees who are able to do so. 

International  

  • The WHO has characterized the coronavirus strain ravaging India as a “variant of concern.” India reported 366,000 new infections on Monday, and its new strain has been detected in over 30 countries. 
  • Due to distrust of the government, a concerning number of Hong Kong citizens are declining to take the Covid-19 vaccine. 
  • The United Kingdom is set to move to its next phase of reopening on May 17th, with Boris Johnson urging adherence to “unwritten rules of common sense.”
  • Two new highly contagious variants of Covid-19 have been detected in South Africa.

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