COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Situational Report, Global Update

Updated as relevant

Latest update: 31 May 2020

  Active Cases

Source: Novel COVID-19 (COVID-19) Infection Map: Bloomberg

 

Significant Developments

  • Russia’s nationwide case total has surpassed 400,000 after 9,268 new cases were confirmed yesterday, while the country’s death toll has risen to 4,693. Source
  • The WHO released expanded guidelines for public health authorities and event organizers that included a call for a public health risk assessment to be conducted prior to the event. Source
  • Sweden reports no new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since 13 March. Source
  • PathogenDx based in Tucson claims its EnviroX-Rv test can rapidly give an accurate result. Source

     Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Reported at 5:30 am PDT – 31 May 2020

 

Government Announcements in North America

  • Ontario has reported under 400 new cases for the fifth day in a row. Source
  • New York will focus on ten COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ as New York City prepares to reopen on June 8. Source
  • New York’s governor signed a bill providing death benefits to families of all frontline workers. Source
  • The U.S. CDC resumed regular briefings on Friday after 81 days since they last met for a regular briefing on 9 March. Source

Government Announcements in South and Central America

  • Peru reported more than 7,000 new cases yesterday, with the nationwide total rising to 155,671. Source
  • Venezuela plans that allows nine economic sectors to reopen for five days and then close for a 10-day quarantine beginning June 1. This schedule is recurring and excludes border towns. Source
  • Chile reported 4,220 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 94,858 cases and 997 fatalities. Source

Government Announcements in Europe

  • The U.K. will allow professional sports teams to begin training June 1 and individuals may exercise outside with up to 5 other people. Source
  • Scotland’s First Minister addressed the country’s citizens, asking them to not become complacent as the U.K. prepares to lift some lockdown restrictions in England on Monday. Source

Government Announcements in the Middle East

  • Turkey has expanded its reopening measures on June 1 to include restaurants, clothing stores, parks, and sporting facilities. Source
  • Oman’s nationwide case total surpassed 11,000 after 1,014 new cases were confirmed yesterday. More than half of these cases were from non-nationals. Source
  • Saudi Arabia eased restrictions to allow walking in neighborhoods after curfew hours. Source Saudi Arabia also surpassed 85,000 cases after reporting 1,877 new cases. Source
  • The Iraqi government has imposed a nationwide curfew for another week starting Sunday. Source

Government Announcements in Africa

  • South Africa’s teachers’ unions and schools’ association say they are not ready to reopen. Source
  • Kenya reported 143 new cases, with most being reported in Nairobi and Mombasa. Source
  • Algeria reported 133 new cases bringing the total to 9,267 with 646 fatalities nationwide. Source

Government Announcements in Asia/Pacific

  • India plans to ease restrictions outside containment zones and ease the nightly curfew. The 3-phase plan was announced after the nationwide lockdown was extended to June 30. Source
  • The Philippines reported 590 new cases bringing the total to 17,224 with 950 fatalities. Source
  • Indonesia reported 700 new cases bringing the total to 26,473 with 1,613 fatalities. Source
  • South Korea will require recreational venues to keep a QR code-based log of customers beginning June 10. This includes bars, nightclubs, and gyms. Source
  • Pakistan now requires face masks to be worn in public spaces such as mosques, bazaars, shopping malls, and public transportation. Yesterday it confirmed the highest single day increase to date, with 3,039 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 69,496. Source

Private Sector Developments

  • Frisco firm is handling Texas’ COVID-19 contact tracing and has hired hundreds of new employees while keeping details of the plan private. Source
  • Whole Foods fired an employee who had been tallying cases of COVID-19 in warehouses via crowdsourcing. The list showed 340 employees had tested positive while four had died. Source
  • Budish proposed a $30 million plan to modify county buildings in Cuyahoga County, which has raised many concerns about government contracts and private sector bidding practices. Source

Additional Readings    

Shielding the Most Vulnerable During the Reopening Process

In the initial stages of the outbreak, the United Kingdom asked 2.2 million “extremely vulnerable” people to stay home to protect them from exposure to the novel coronavirus. A government list of these extremely vulnerable community members includes those waiting for organ transplants, cancer patients in chemotherapy, pregnant women with heart disease, and those with severe respiratory conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. According to the Office for National Statistics. the U.K. infection rate remain above 8,000 new cases per day (1).

Shielding the most vulnerable people in the U.K. refers to keeping restrictions in place for the extremely vulnerable while the general population moves through the phases of reopening (2). Concerns raised in April criticized the proposal that older people would be required to remain in lockdown after the rest of the population began the reopening process. Protected classes and anti-discrimination laws apply to gender, ethnicity, age, and body mass index in the U.K.  In response to the general public’s concerns, the government revised the shielding lockdown to focus on underlying health conditions rather than age (3).

The U.K. extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme through June 30 so employers can continue to retain furloughed employees. The Scheme allows employers to continue paying their employees until workplaces reopen as opposed to laying them off during the phased process. Extremely vulnerable workers have received ‘shielding’ letters based on their health history, warning them of the increased risk should they return to work. These letters state they should not work for 12 weeks from the day they received the letter, regardless of restriction changes for the general public (4).

The United Kingdom created a program for those categorized as “clinically extremely vulnerable” to receive special support. The support includes basic supplies, supermarket deliveries, and help meeting basic care needs. To qualify for the program a National Health Service number is required, and registration can be completed online. The U.K. government’s services are available for each country through unique registration portals for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (4).

 

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