As coronavirus deaths in the US exceed 40,000, governors tell Trump that it is too early to reopen America

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(Reuters) – The governors of the US states hardest hit by the new coronavirus have quarreled with President Donald Trump over his claims that they have enough tests and should quickly reopen their economies as more protests are planned over the subject the extension of home stay orders.

New York continued to see hospitalizations drop to 16,000 from a peak of 18,000, and the number of patients kept alive by ventilators has also declined. There were 507 new deaths, compared to more than 700 per day.

“If the data is valid and this trend continues, we have passed the climax and all indications at this point are that we are on a descent,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo during a daily briefing, while urging residents to continue social distancing. “We have shown that you can control the beast. But it’s only half the time. We still have to make sure to keep the beast on the ground. “

To get a baseline of the number of people infected with the new coronavirus, Cuomo said the state would do the country’s most aggressive body tests next week using a random sample.

New York will test 2,000 people a day, or 14,000 a week out of the state’s 19 million people.

The United States has by far the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 740,000 infections and more than 40,000 deaths.

It took the United States 38 days after registering its first death on February 29 to reach 10,000 deaths on April 6, but only five more days to reach 20,000 dead, according to a Reuters count. The U.S. death toll rose to 40,000 from 30,000 in four days after including untested but likely COVID-19 deaths reported by New York City.

Cuomo, as well as other governors, are calling for more tests to detect new infections as well as to test immunity as part of their plans to reopen their states.

Republican governor Larry Hogan of Maryland in an interview with CNN said that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s claims that states have many tests were “just plain wrong.”

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia told CNN that the idea that states have enough tests was “delusional.”

The Vista Theater is closed during the global coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19), in Los Angeles, California, United States, on April 18, 2020. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

The Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC region continues to see increasing cases. New Jersey announced Sunday that its new cases have increased by nearly 3,900, the most in more than two weeks. Boston and Chicago are also emerging from hot spots with recent increases in cases and deaths.

Several states, including Ohio, Texas and Florida, have announced plans to reopen part of their economy, perhaps May 1 or even earlier. Michigan and Ohio governors said on Sunday that they could double or triple their testing capacity if the federal government helped them acquire more buffers and reagents, the chemicals needed in the testing process. .

Trump’s directives to reopen the economy recommend a 14-day state record of declining caseloads before gradually lifting restrictions. However, the Republican president appeared to encourage protesters who want the measures removed earlier with a series of Twitter messages on Friday calling for “FREE” Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia, all led by Democratic governors.

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington has redoubled his attacks on Trump’s call to “liberate” states, saying the president is encouraging people to violate state laws on self-isolation.

“These orders are in fact the law of these states,” he said. “For an American president to encourage people to break the law, I can’t remember a time when I saw such a thing in America. “

Demonstrations demanding the end of home support measures that shattered the US economy have erupted in places in Texas, Wisconsin and the capitals of Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia. More than 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past month.

Trump had presented a thriving economy as the best case for his re-election in November.

On Saturday, dozens of protesters gathered in the Texas capital, Austin, chanting “USA! UNITED STATES! “And” Let us work! “

In Brookfield, Wisconsin, hundreds of protesters cheered, lining up a main road and waving American flags to protest the extension of the state’s “safer home” order.

The demonstrators mostly flouted the rules of social distancing and did not wear the masks recommended by public health officials.

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US lawmakers are very close to an agreement to approve additional funds to help small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic and could reach an agreement as early as Sunday, said officials from Congress and the Trump administration.

Congress established the program last month as part of a $ 2.3 trillion coronavirus economic rescue plan, but it is already strapped for cash.

Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Additional reports by Gabriella Borter in New York; Written by Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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