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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) 

NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS 

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.

International  

  • 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.

RECOMMENDATIONS/OBSERVATIONS

  • 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.

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