New York, California, and other states plan to reopen as coronavirus crisis eases

NEW YORK: Seven states in the northeastern US USA And the three west coast states teamed up Monday in regional pacts to forge gradual and coordinated economic reopens as the crisis finally seemed to be waning, while emphasizing the need for precautions to avoid a resurgence of infections.

The announcements by the group of governors of the east coast led by New York, and a similar pact formed by the states of California, Oregon and Washington, came after the president. Donald trump He declared that any decision to restart the United States economy depended on him.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was partnering with his counterparts in adjacent New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to devise the best strategies to ease last month's stay-at-home orders to curb coronavirus transmissions.

Massachusetts later announced that it would join the East Coast coalition.

No one has been here before, no one has all the answers, said Cuomo, whose state has become the US epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, during an open conference call with five other governors. Addressing public health and the economy: which is the first? Both are the first.

The three Pacific coast states announced that they also planned to follow a shared approach to lift social distancing measures, but said they need to see a decrease in the rate of spread of the virus before a large-scale reopening can take place.

SAFETY AND HEALTH FIRST

The 10 governors, all Democrats except Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, did not give a timetable to end the social blockades that have inactive the vast majority of more than 100 million residents in their states. But they emphasized that decisions about when and how to reopen nonessential businesses, along with schools and universities, will prioritize residents' health and depend on science rather than politics.

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The announcements came when signs emerged that the crisis had peaked. At least 1,500 new deaths were reported in the United States on Monday, well below the count of approximately 2,000 deaths every 24 hours.

Cuomo, whose state accounts for the most cumulative deaths, more than 10,000, said Monday that the worst is over for his state.

At least two governors from other affected states, Louisiana and J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, both Democrats, also questioned the notion that the authority to lift or modify their stay-at-home orders lay with no one but themselves.

Pritzker said the reopening of his state may occur in stages and be accompanied by new requirements for facial coverage in public places and capacity limits in the workplace. The most important thing is safety and health, he said.

Trump, a Republican who before the pandemic had touted a vibrant American economy as the centerpiece of his re-election bid in November, has repeatedly lobbied in recent weeks for Americans to return to work soon. Before the governors' announcement Monday, he insisted that he had unilateral authority to end blockades that have strangled the United States economy, leaving at least 17 million Americans out of work in just three weeks.

Legal experts say the president has limited power under the US Constitution. USA To order citizens to return to their places of work, to require cities to reopen government offices and transportation, or for local businesses to resume.

Pressured on whether the governors or the federal government would make the decision to reopen schools and close businesses, Trump insisted that he had the highest authority.

The President of the United States makes the decisions, Trump said at a White House briefing after the governors' announcements. With that said, we are going to work with the states.

He offered no details about his claim to authority over the states or any details of his plan to reopen the economy.

Political leaders said the reopening of the economy may depend on more widespread tests to better determine the full extent of the infections, and warned that lifting orders to stay home prematurely could reignite the outbreak.

The Trump administration has designated May 1 as a possible date to ease the restrictions.

DEAT COOLS 23,000

The death toll in the US USA COVID-19, the highly infectious lung disease caused by the virus, outnumbered 23,000 on Monday, out of more than 575,000 known U.S. infections, according to a Reuters count. The United States, with the world's third largest population by country, has recorded more deaths from COVID-19 than any other nation.

But even as the coronavirus outbreak seemed to be on the decline in New York, where most of the deaths were concentrated in and around New York City, Cuomo warned that the gains made through social distancing could be undone if we do something stupid. and we relax the restrictions too quickly.

Wyoming reported its first death from the coronavirus on Monday, the last US state. USA In reporting a fatality.

Official statistics, which exclude deaths outside hospitals, have underestimated the actual number of people who have succumbed to COVID-19, health experts said. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T)

Regardless of the death toll, continued difficulties in increasing diagnostic tests represent a major obstacle for public health experts to determine where it is safe enough to relax measures of social distancing.

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot acknowledged a tightening of the supply chain for the special nasal swabs needed for coronavirus testing, saying it was part of a national and international challenge to accelerate tests.

Chris Sununu, the Republican governor of New Hampshire, said tests for coronavirus had improved but we don't have enough. No one has enough.

There is only a limited supply for a large amount of demand, Sununu told CNN.

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