Interfor’s COVID-19 Updates – June 19, 2020
Latest numbers (as of 9am est):
Total Reported Cases: 8,614,675 (2,264,307 in United States)
Total Deaths: 457,025 (120,691 in United States)
- An ensemble forecast published by the CDC projects 135,461 coronavirus deaths in the US by July 11, with deaths increasing in nine states. Cases in “Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, and Utah will likely exceed the number reported over the last four weeks.”
- Arizona health officials reported a new single-day high for coronavirus cases the second time this week, with 2,519 cases.
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a possible quarantine on people entering the state as the virus continues to spread.
- New York City is set to begin phase two of reopening on Monday, which includes outdoor seating at restaurants, hair salons, and barbershops, among several other types of businesses.
- Arkansas extended the state’s public health emergency for another 45 days.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order requiring face coverings in most public settings, particularly indoor. Additionally, the state reported a single-day high of COVID-19 cases, with 4,084 new infections.
- The World Health Organization announced that testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 has been halted after new data and studies showed no benefit.
- The UK’s COVID-19 alert has been lowered from level four to level three. Level three means COVID-19 remains in general circulation, whereas level four indicated a high or rising level of transmission.
- Germany will keep social distancing rules in place and extend the ban on large events until the end of October, to curb a potential second wave of coronavirus infections
- India reported 13,586 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the biggest single day jump in infections to date.
- The president of Honduras was hospitalized for pneumonia a day after he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19.
- Mexico reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases with more than 5,000 new infections.
- As lockdowns ease around the world, Interfor recommends becoming well acquainted with national and local directives, and continues to urge the observance of social distancing measures where possible. In the U.S., although many states are proceeding with plans to reopen, there is clear evidence that cases are on the rise.
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