Coronavirus News: June 18 – N.Y.C. to Enter Phase 2, Canada to Require Fever Checks

By Anna Breuer on 17 June 2020
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Bratislava, now the capital of Slovakia, was a major city in the former Czechoslovakia

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York City is on track to enter the second phase of reopening as soon as Monday, provided there isn’t a new surge of cases there. Phase 2 would allow restaurants to offer outdoor dining, some shops to allow in-store shopping, and barber shops and hair salons to reopen, albeit with social distancing and capacity restrictions. Playgrounds in the city would also reopen, officials said.

As the United Kingdom’s 14-day self-quarantine for arriving air travelers went into effect, those filling out the web-based arrivals quarantine form found that it listed now defunct countries including East Germany, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Zaire, Southern Rhodesia, and the USSR. The Home Office did not respond to a request for a comment as to whether it were catering to time travelers as well.

As the number of cases in Texas and Arizona increases, local officials are moving to require that people wear face masks in public.  The mayors of Phoenix and Tucson have done so and Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, mandates that businesses require employees and customers wear face masks when they are unable to observe social distancing.

A new outbreak in Beijing has resulted in the cancellation of numerous flights and a move to a milder form of the severe restrictions on life that were in place two months ago.

A study found that the inexpensive steroid dexamethasone was responsible for the survival of one in eight patients on ventilators due to Covid-19.  The results came from investigators in the Recovery trial, the largest randomized, controlled study of coronavirus treatments in the world.

The Canadian government announced temperature screening would be implemented for all passengers traveling to Canada or arriving in Canada from other countries.  For international flights to Canada, airlines must conduct such screenings prior to departure and this phase will be implemented fully by the end of June.  By the end of July, the four largest airports for international travel – namely Calgary, Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver – must have temperature screening stations in place in their departure areas.  By the end of September, 11 additional airports will be required to have such stations.

In New York, which is slowly opening up as the number of new cases of the coronavirus declines, the New York Philharmonic announced it would cancel its fall season. The move came a week after the Metropolitan Opera made a similar announcement.

Google has added new information in its Google Maps product including advice on whether a public transit system requires masks and alerts about how crowded a particular train station might be at a given time.

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