Interfor’s Critical COVID-19 Updates – May 20, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 5,012,522 (1,571,328 in United States)
Total Deaths: 325,473 (93,561 in United States)
Total Recovered: 1,977,093
INTERFOR’S DAILY UPDATE WILL TRANSITION TO A MODIFIED SCHEDULE AS MORE US STATES AND COUNTRIES BEGIN TO EMERGE FROM LOCKDOWNS. WE WILL RELEASE OUR UPDATES ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, AND FRIDAYS UNLESS CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE MORE FREQUENT COMMUNICATION.
- For the first time since US officials began implementing lockdowns, all 50 states have now partially reopened. On Wednesday, Connecticut became the final state to begin lifting restrictions.
- The US, Canada and Mexico have extended their agreements to keep shared borders closed to non-essential travel until June 21.
- Alaska’s governor said that all businesses and other activities will be allowed to fully reopen Friday. Alaskans should still keep 6 feet apart, wear masks and wash hands and surfaces.
- Maryland reported its largest rise in coronavirus cases, with 1,784 new cases four days after reopening.
- New Jersey announced that CVS will offer self-swab tests at 50 locations in the state by the end of the month. Additionally, more than 18,000 pharmacists have been licensed to administer Covid-19 tests.
- Arkansas announced plans to test every nursing home resident and staff starting June 1.
- Two churches in Georgia and Texas that recently reopened have been forced to close again after churchgoers and religious leaders tested positive for the virus.
- Spain’s number of Covid-19 deaths stayed below 100 for the third consecutive day. Meanwhile, the Spanish government will meet today to vote on extending the national state of emergency by two weeks.
- The president of the World Bank warned the global coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic shutdown could push 60 million people into “extreme poverty.”
- India recorded 5,611 new coronavirus cases, its biggest one-day jump since the pandemic started.
- Brazil recorded its highest number of coronavirus deaths and cases in one day since its first case in February. Brazil now has the third largest number of cases in the world, behind the US and Russia.
- Norway has mandated travelers without a professional reason be turned away. Decisions to lift travel restrictions depend on how the outbreak is developing and concerns about importing new cases.
- According to Ecuador’s Health Ministry, the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the indigenous Waorani community in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
- Colombia extended its quarantine measures until May 31. Borders and transportation will remain shut down until the end of June, while restaurants, bars, and schools will stay closed until August.
- Lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease around the world in accordance with the relative local levels of contagion and political pressure. 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.
WARNING: Be sure to vet ALL information (including this update). Rumors and misinformation abound, the results of which can be as dangerous as the contagion itself.
Outside of the spread of the virus itself, Interfor continues to monitor for evidence of systemic breakdowns which will adversely affect security and safety.