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Interfor International – Covid19 Update – January 26th

Interfor’s Covid-19 Updates – January 26, 2021

Latest numbers (as of 9am est):

Total Reported Cases: 99,802,069 (25,298,405 in United States)

Total Deaths: 2,142,650 (421,239 in United States) 


United States

  • President Biden will reimpose a ban on travelers entering the country to limit the spread of Covid-19, including new variants. The ban includes the UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and 26 European countries.
  • Nearly 6% of the US population, more than 19 million people, have received at least one dose of the vaccine; about 3.3 million are fully vaccinated according to data published by the CDC.
  • California has lifted stay-at-home orders for all regions in the state, citing a drop in intensive unit care projections.
  • Pharmaceutical company Merck is discontinuing development of its Covid-19 vaccine candidates after early studies showed immune responses were inferior to natural infection and other Covid-19 vaccines.
  • A new variant of coronavirus has been detected in the US for the first time in Minnesota. The P.1 variant of coronavirus was detected in a traveler from Brazil and is one of four variants closely watched by officials at the CDC.
  • Google Maps is set to roll out a new feature, beginning in four US states (Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) that displays locations offering Covid-19 vaccinations.


  • Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has tested positive for Covid-19. His symptoms are mild, and he is receiving treatment.
  • Austria made medical-grade FFP2 and N95 face masks mandatory in public spaces for all individuals 14 and older.
  • About 0.01% of a large group of people who received two doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine tested positive for coronavirus after their second shot, with only mild symptoms, according to preliminary data from an Israeli health care system. 
  • UK Ministers are expected to approve a plan requiring citizens to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days if they arrive in England from high risk countries.
  • Pfizer Korea has applied for approval of its vaccine developed with BioNTech in South Korea. The ministry aims to review the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine within 40 days.


  • In light of the new Covid-19 strain thought to be considerably more contagious, 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. 

WARNING:  Be sure to vet ALL information and rumors.