Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – October 2
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 34,550,452 (7,497,980 in United States)
Total Deaths: 1,028,568(212,702 in United States)
- Donald and Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. The president’s physician said that Trump and the first lady, “are both well at this time” and “plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”
- Subsequent to Donald Trump’s positive test, Mike Pence, his wife, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday morning. Joe Biden is expected to get tested this morning as well.
- New York City began indoor dining this week with a 25% capacity limit. Mayor de Blasio said there will be “rigorous” inspection efforts particularly in the zip codes with clusters that have shown infection increases in the past few days.
- The CDC has extended the no-sail order for cruise ships until October 31, after failing to convince the White House to extend it into next year.
- Mississippi has lifted the statewide mask mandate saying that the numbers for average new Covid-19 cases have declined.
- Georgia issued an executive order extending the state’s current Covid-19 restrictions until October 15 and the public health state of emergency until November 19.
- Israel recorded 8,919 new coronavirus cases, a new daily high. According to the Ministry of Health, Israel’s daily per million death rates is now higher than the United States, the UK, South Korea, Italy, Austria, and France.
- Cases in England and Wales increase to one in 500 people likely have coronavirus, according to the latest estimates from the UK’s Office for National Statistics. Infection rates remain highest among teenagers and young adults and is most prevalent in the north of England and parts of London.
- Spain has announced new coronavirus restrictions which will force municipalities with more than 500 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people into a form of lockdown. People have to stay at home except to go to work or classes, shops, bars and restaurants have to reduce their capacity by 50% and gatherings remain restricted to six people, in both public and private spaces.
- Germany reported its highest number of daily infections since April with 2,673 new cases.
- Australia and New Zealand announced a partial opening of their borders to travel between them. Passengers will be able to fly to the Australian cities of Sydney and Darwin without going into quarantine starting October 16.
- 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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