Several state and city authorities are easing coronavirus restrictions, as the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to rise along with the death toll in the U.S.
By the numbers: COVID-19 has infected more than 988,000 people and killed over 56,000 in the United States, Johns Hopkins data shows. More than 111,000 Americans have recovered from the virus as of Monday night.
The big picture: The pandemic is a long way from over, and its impact on our daily lives, information ecosystem, politics, cities and health care will last even longer.
Lockdown measures: Attorney General Bill Barr issued a memo Monday directing Department of Justice prosecutors to take legal action against any state or local authorities imposing lockdown measures that “could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”
- Colorado and Nevadaon Monday joined California, Oregon and Washington in their pact to work jointly in gradually lifting coronavirus restrictions.
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that he’ll allow the state’s stay-at-home order to lapse on April 30, at which point Texas will begin “phase one” of its reopening plan.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday the state’s “phase one” reopening could begin May 15.
- Several Southern states including South Carolina have already begun reopening their economies.
- Alaska, Oklahoma and Georgiareopened some non-essential businesses Friday. President Trump said Wednesday he “strongly” disagrees with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on the move.
- California’s stay-at-home orders and business restrictions will remain in place,Gov. Gavin Newsom made clear at a Wednesday news briefing. But some local authorities reopened beaches in Southern California Saturday.
- Demonstrators rallied in Florida, Texas and Louisiana over the weekend to protest stay-at-home orders, following a week of similar rallies across the U.S.
Catch up quick: The Small Business Administration, which resumed accepting applications from small businesses for Paycheck Protection Program loans on Monday, says it is seeing double the volume as it did in the opening hours of the PPP’s initial rollout.
- The CDC has updated its list of possible symptoms for COVID-19 to include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, and a loss of taste or smell.
- The White Houseplans to shift its messaging toward boosting the economy, reducing its public emphasis on health statistics. Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci will “take a back seat,” officials said.
- The last stimulus checks might not arrive until SeptemberSmall businesses sue insurers.
- A Trump economic adviser says second-quarter GDP decline will be “worst since the Great Depression.”
- 68% of small businesses say coronavirus will change their models forever.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says guaranteed income during coronavirus crisis is “worthy of attention.”
- Deborah Birx said Sunday it “bothers” her that the news cycle is still focused on Trump’s comments about disinfectants possibly treating coronavirus, arguing that “we’re missing the bigger pieces” about how Americans can defeat the virus.
- Anthony Fauci said Saturday the U.S. is testing roughly 1.5 million to 2 million people a week. “We probably should get up to twice that as we get into the next several weeks, and I think we will,” he said.
- Some young coronavirus patients are having severe strokes.
- The South is at risk of being devastated by the coronavirus, as states tend to have at-risk populations and weak health care systems.
- The House voted along party lines on Thursday to establish a select committee to oversee the federal government’s response to the crisis.
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Editor’s note: The graphic includes “probable deaths” that New York City began reporting on April 14. This article has been updated with new details throughout. Check back for the latest.
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