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Interfor International – Covid-19 Update – October 20

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – October 20

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 40,743,913 (8,459,041 in United States)

Total Deaths: 1,124,413(225,241 in United States) 

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

United States

  • An NYU poll shows that one quarter of all transit workers in New York City contracted the coronavirus.
  • In Los Angeles County, gatherings of people ages 12-49 are driving a higher rate of infection, representing 68% of all positive tests.
  • As players of all types enter the market, the PPE industry is considering including labels with masks to indicate how well they work. 
  • Washington D.C. is launching a new contact tracing app, DC CAN, following in the steps of its neighbor, Virginia, which launched a similar app in August. 
  • A Wisconsin judge restored restrictions on bars and restaurants amid a sharp surge in Covid-19.
  • North Dakota reported a 12th straight day of record high coronavirus infections.
  • Moderna’s CEO expects its Covid-19 vaccine interim results in November.
  • The President of the United States said people are tired of the coronavirus and called his chief epidemiologist a “disaster.”

International  

  • Across the globe, a second wave of coronavirus is evident in the rising numbers of new infections, though some regions have better containment policies in place than others. Global infections surpassed 40 million.
  • British scientists announced the launch the launch of the first human trials for Covid-19, in which healthy volunteers will be deliberately infected in hopes of further speeding the drive to a vaccine.
  • Singapore introduced rapid tests for weddings and business conferences.
  • Israel has named its leading Covid-19 vaccine candidate “Brilife,” with human trials expected to start at the end of the month. 
  • The Czech Republic reported a record number of new Covid-19 infections. 
  • Sweden, which had avoided a strict lockdown approach during the first wave of the pandemic, is instituting new tough restrictions in the face of soaring infection rates. 
  • The Vatican reported a positive coronavirus case at the Pope’s residence. The individual is asymptomatic and has been removed from the vicinity. 

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