Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – November 24
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 59,342,857 (12,421,995 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,339,073(257,707 in United States)
- Pennsylvania will suspend the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars the night before Thanksgiving. The suspension will be in effect from 5 p.m. November 25 until 8 a.m. November 26.
- Los Angeles County reported 6,124 new Covid-19 cases, its highest single-day jump in infections since the start of the pandemic. The surge is expected to trigger new restrictions later this week. Outdoor dining will shut down starting Wednesday.
- Nevada has ordered a statewide “pause,” as Covid-19 cases are growing at a “wildfire level.” The new restrictions will last for three weeks and require residents to wear masks indoors and outdoors. Gym and restaurant capacities have been lowered to 25%.
- Distribution of Regeneron’s Covid-19 antibody therapy will begin today. It has been given an emergency use authorization by the FDA for patients age 12 and older with a mild to moderate case of Covid-19 and at a high risk of progressing to a more severe form of the disease.
- 144,145 new cases of Covid-19 were reported among children in the week ending November 19, marking the highest weekly increase since the pandemic began. Children now account for more than 11% of all confirmed cases. There has been a 28% increase in child cases over two weeks.
- Britain’s Prime Minister said national lockdown restrictions in England will end next week as scheduled. Gyms, shops, and salons will be allowed to reopen with regional tiered restrictions.
- Australia’s national airline Qantas will require future international travelers to prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 before flying.
- Chile will allow foreign visitors to enter the country after an eight-month shutdown. Visitors must provide a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure and proof of health insurance with Covid-19 coverage.
- Italy’s Prime Minister stated the hope of distributing a Covid-19 vaccine at the end of January. The vaccine will be first available to the fragile and the most vulnerable.
- France’s President Macron is expected to announce a slight easing of the country’s lockdown measures in place since October 30. He will address the nation this evening with his plan to exit the lockdown in three stages.
- The Chinese city of Tianjin has launched a mass program that will test 2.6 million residents in only a few days after five locally transmitted cases were reported on Friday.
- South Korea has declared an “emergency period” in the capital city of Seoul until the end of the year as cases continue to spike. Under the new restrictions, public transportation is reduced by 20% after 10 p.m. and gatherings are capped at 10 people.
- Japan and China have agreed to resume business travel between the two countries by the end of the month. Business travelers can enter for a short time without a two-week quarantine.
- 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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