Friday, April 17, 2020

'Next front in the war': President Trump says some states can begin to reopen May 1 and Other Coronavirus Updates

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President Trump announced Thursday that states with low coronavirus numbers can begin to reopen for business on May 1, as he issued new guidelines calling for governors to move at their own pace amid mounting economic hardship from the crisis.
“Our team of experts now agrees that we can begin the next front in the war,” Mr. Trump said at the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing. “We must have a working economy and we want to get it back very, very quickly. Our country has suffered.”
The new guidelines, called Opening Up America Again, call for governors to take “a phased and deliberate approach.”
LINK: Trump unveils ‘Opening Up America’ plan
“This strategy is based on hard, verifiable data,” Mr. Trump said. “We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time. Some states will be able to open up sooner than others. If they need to remain closed, we will allow them to do that.”He declared, “Healthy Americans will now be able to return to work as conditions on the ground allow, instead of a blanket shutdown.”
The guidelines include reviewing medical data county-by-county or statewide at a governor’s discretion. Areas with declining infection rates and robust testing would begin a gradual reopening of businesses and schools in three phases of 14 days each, to ensure that infections don’t spike again.
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