14 states and Puerto Rico hit highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections

Date Published: June 8, 2020

Source: The Washington Post

According to data tracked by the Washington Post, a total of 14 states and the US territory of Puerto Rico have recorded the worst week yet for new COVID-19 infections as social distancing restrictions are being relaxed across the US [...] 

W.H.O. Walks Back Claim That Asymptomatic Transmission is Rare

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The New York Times

Since the early stages of the pandemic there has been wide-spread concerns of asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus. However, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead of the COVID-19 response at World Health Organization had hushed these concerns by asserting that transmission of the virus by asymptomatic individuals was very rare. .[...]

Those COVID-19 masks, gloves and wipes we’re all using are polluting land and sea

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: CBC

The negative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are not limited to human health and the economy, with effects on the environment beginning to appear. With the increased usage of personal protective equipment (PPE), disposable masks, gloves and sanitary wipes are creating a global waste problem. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, sewage facilities across Canada are seeing a recent increase in discarded masks, gloves and wet wipes being flushed down toilets, leading to challenges in sewage treatment.[...]

Furious Backlash in Brazil After Ministry Withholds Coronavirus Data

Date Published: June 8, 2020

Source: The New York Times

President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for disrupting state imposed isolation measures for COVID-19 by encouraging mass rallies among his supporters and not addressing the increasing death toll. Currently, Brazil has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. In light of this, Brazil’s health ministry has stopped reporting cumulative data. As of Saturday, the website reporting COVID-19 statistics no longer has the number of already confirmed cases or deaths due to the virus. There also has been no explanation of the government's new method for tracking cases.[...]

First arrivals under UK quarantine rules: ‘They didn’t even check my temperature’

Date Published: June 8, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Beginning Monday, passengers returning to Britain will need to quarantine for 14 days, and will only be allowed to shop for essentials if they are unable to have others do it for them. Upon return, passengers will be required to fill an online form with contact and travel information, as well as the address of where they will be completing their quarantine. Public Health England will complete random checks on passengers in quarantine in England. [...]

Protesting amid a pandemic: New Yorkers vow to mask up and keep fighting

Date Published: June 6, 2020

Source: CBC

The New York protesters voicing anger over the death of George Floyd from a police officer have continued their movement throughout the week and into the weekend, with most of the crowd wearing masks. However, given that New York City alone had over 200,000 coronavirus cases draws concern over the potential spikes in coronavirus cases [...]

Big shift in WHO face covering guidance

Date Published: June 5, 2020

Source: BBC

The World Health Organization has shifted their guidance on the use of face coverings by the public. For the last few months, the WHO has discouraged the use of masks by the public as it would encourage a false sense of security and take away supplies from frontline healthcare professionals [...]