U.S. Corona virus Death Toll Passes 50,000 and reaches 51,000 some states ease lock down. Three U.S. states have allowed some shops to reopen after measures imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as the country’s death toll passed 50,000. Salons and spas could restart in Georgia and Oklahoma while Alaska lifted restrictions on restaurants.
Republican governors in Georgia and Oklahoma allowed salons, spas, and barbershops to reopen. At the same time, Alaska opened the way for restaurants to resume dine-in service and retail shops and other businesses to open their doors, all with limitations. Some Alaska municipalities chose to maintain stricter rules. Though limited in scope, and subject to social-distancing restrictions, the reopening marked a symbolic milestone in the debate raging in the United States and the world as to how quickly political leaders should lift economically damaging lock down orders.
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Similar scenarios have been playing out worldwide and will soon increase in the U.S. as other governors wrestle with conflicting priorities. Their economies have battered by weeks of quarantine-fueled job losses and soaring unemployment claims, yet health officials warn that lifting stay-at-home orders now could spark a resurgence of COVID-19. During a White House press briefing Friday, President Donald Trump spoke favorably of the economy but also asked people to continue social distancing and to use face coverings. “We’re opening our country. It’s inspiring to see,” Trump said.
The coronavirus has killed more than 190,000 people worldwide, including as of Friday more than 50,000 in the United States, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins University from government figures. The actual death toll believed to be far higher.
On Friday, President Donald Trump walked out of a shorter than usual briefing, refusing to take questions. He has faced criticism after suggesting that injecting household disinfectant into patients could be beneficial. His remarks have been condemned as dangerous by doctors and manufacturers. Disinfectants are hazardous substances and can be poisonous if ingested, and even external exposure can be dangerous to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.