Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – November 17
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 55,147,036 (11,207,551 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,329,556(247,229 in United States)
- Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is “94.5% effective” in preventing infection, according to early data released by the biotechnology company. Moderna plans to apply to the FDA for authorization of its vaccine soon after it accumulates more safety data later this month.
- New Jersey issued an executive order to reduce indoor gathering to no more than 10 people and outdoor gathering to 150, with exemptions for religious services, weddings, political activities, and funerals.
- Washington State announced new restrictions due to a rise in Covid-19 cases with a one month ban on indoor services at restaurants and gyms, and a reduction of in-store retail capacity to 25%. Outdoor gatherings are limited to five people.
- California is tightening restrictions amid an increase in Covid-19 cases. Nonessential businesses must close, and masks are required outside. The governor said he is “sounding the alarm” due to “the fastest increase California has seen” since the pandemic began.
- The Navajo Nation began a three-week “stay-at-home lockdown” period due to a surge in coronavirus cases. Residents can leave home only for emergencies and “essential activities” and businesses must close at 3 p.m.
- Iowa has reversed course and issued a statewide mask mandate.
- The European Union announced its intention to authorize a contract with biopharmaceutical company CureVac to supply up to 405 million doses of their candidate coronavirus vaccine, pending regulatory approval.
- Sweden will ban public gatherings of more than eight people in bars and restaurants as Covid-19 cases surge across the country. The new restrictions start on November 24 and will last four weeks.
- New Zealand made masks compulsory for passengers aboard domestic flights and on public transport in the country’s most populous city, Auckland
- The Australian state of South Australia has reinstated some social distancing restrictions and halted international flights into its capital to curb a new coronavirus outbreak. Masks will be mandatory for aged care facilities, with visitors capped at two per day.
- Austria is imposing stricter lockdown measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. People can leave home only for shopping and work; nonessential businesses must close, along with schools. The measures will remain until December 6.
- Based on recommendations from ranking epidemiologists, all non-essential travel should be reconsidered.
- Wear a mask. There is no downside and projected deaths in the United States are considerably lower if the populace wears masks, according to several studies.
- You can download Interfor’s return to work guidelines here.
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