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Washington – Several US governors have warned that it will not be until the end of the month that they will be able to reevaluate the coronavirus emergency and determine if they can begin to ease restrictions on business operations and public activities.RELATED
Since before, at least a dozen governors have already announced that schools will be closed for the rest of the semester.
But, in the face of the analysis that corresponds to the governors and authorities of counties in the United States, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, began to exert pressure today, with a series of tweets in which he sympathized with citizens of various states that have violated the rules.
“Liberate Michigan,” “Liberate Minnesota,” “Liberate Virginia,” Trump tweeted this morning, after releasing on Thursday – with the backing of his coronavirus task force – guidelines for reopening the economy and resuming to some extent social normality. All three states have Democratic governors.
LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
The guidelines published by the White House make it clear that 14 consecutive days of casualties in the number of coronavirus cases, capacity in hospitals and a robust system of virus detection tests are required to organize a first stage to ease current restrictions, that they have almost the entire United States with orders for citizens to stay at home and they keep closed companies that offer non-essential services.
As of this afternoon, coronavirus cases in the United States were more than 679,000. The deaths exceeded 34,000, almost all in the last month.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said President Trump has wanted to wash his hands and not take responsibility for the lack of sufficient diagnostic tests, which will allow local governments to make informed decisions.
“It is not doing anything … all it does is go through the front of the parade,” said Cuomo, indicating that the federal government has the mechanisms and relationships to obtain mass evidence of contagion at the international level.
New York government regulations require non-core companies to be closed at least until May 15. Until that date, restrictions in the US capital will also continue.
In other states, orders for citizens to stay home, except to search for or offer essential services, expire at the end of the month or the beginning of May.
California Governors Gavin Newson and Michigan Gretchen Whitmer said it will take at least two more weeks before they can decide what to do next. “It is difficult to predict where we will be in a week, even less in two weeks,” said Whitmer, interviewed on ABC.
Michigan and Minnesota have been the scene of protests by conservative groups that – now encouraged by President Trump – denounce the restrictions imposed by state governments.
There have also been complaints from conservatives against Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, both Republicans.
At a time when the curve of this wave of spread of the novel virus peaks, “this would be the worst possible time to try to get more people out on the streets and put them in danger,” the Maryland governor said Thursday. , Republican Larry Hogan, president of the National Association of Governors.
Jacksonville, Florida Mayor Lenny Curry, for his part, said he would reopen the beaches and parks in Duval County this afternoon, but subject to all activity meeting social distancing standards.
By the end of the month, however, Vice President Michael Pence estimates that only 5 million virus tests will have been done, representing less than 2% of the US population.