Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – September 15
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 29,479,553 (6,750,105 in United States)
Total Deaths: 933,492(199,052 in United States)
- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said that New Yorkers who refuse to wear a mask on public transportation face a $50 fine. The new measure will take effect on all NYC subways and buses, as well as the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad.
- Nearly 550,000 children in the US have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. Children represent nearly 10% of all reported cases in the US, and child cases are likely under-reported.
- Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech proposed expanding Phase 3 clinical trials to include 44,000 participants and more diverse patient populations, including those as young as 16. The proposal would allow the companies to collect more data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine candidate.
- Texas is now third in the US in total coronavirus deaths after New York and New Jersey, with 14,405 recorded fatalities.
- Connecticut’s Governor said a $100 fine will now be imposed on individuals who do not follow the state’s mask order. Additionally, people will have to pay a fine of $500 for organizing an event that exceeds the state’s size limits.
- Drugmaker AstraZeneca announced that its Covid-19 vaccine studies have resumed in the United Kingdom, but not yet in the United States. The vaccine trials had been placed on hold around the world earlier in the week after a UK participant in one of the studies developed a neurological illness.
- Hong Kong reported no new locally transmitted coronavirus cases for the first time since July 7 and will start easing restrictions on Friday. Bars, theme parks and clubs can open, while group gatherings are limited to four people. Additionally, mask wearing in public remains mandatory.
- South Korea’s Ministry of Health will stockpile 4 million sets of additional personal protective equipment by December to prepare for a large scale spread of the coronavirus.
- Israel approved a second general lockdown starting Friday, as coronavirus cases surge across the country. Schools, restaurants, and entertainment venues will close for an initial period of three weeks. People will be required to stay within 500 meters of their homes.
- The WHO received reports of 307,930 new Covid-19 cases worldwide in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day increase in global infections since the pandemic began.
- India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that 155 health workers have died after contracting Covid-19 since March, with the majority of the deaths among social healthcare workers, multi-purpose health workers, and auxiliary nurses.
- 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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