The latest news on coronaviruses from Canada and around the world on Friday (this file will be updated throughout the day). Web links to longer stories if available.
7:22 a.m. Restaurant Brands International Inc. has announced that its first quarter profit has dropped from a year ago as the COVID-19 crisis began to unfold.
Tim Hortons parent company Burger King and Popeyes, which maintains its books in US dollars, said it had net income of US $ 224 million or 48 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31.
That compared to a net profit of 246 million US dollars or 53 cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.
Revenues totaled nearly $ 1.23 billion US, compared to nearly $ 1.27 billion in the first three months of 2019.
On an adjusted basis, Restaurant Brands said it earned US $ 227 million or 48 cents a share for the quarter, compared to an adjusted profit of US $ 255 million or 55 cents a share a year ago.
Analysts on average expected earnings of 51 cents a share and $ 1.23 billion in revenue, according to financial market data firm Refinitiv.
7:21 a.m. Amazon.com Inc. president and chief executive officer Jeff Bezos normally uses the company’s earnings report to tout Alexa’s benefits or Prime’s benefits. On Thursday, he told investors to hold on as his business goes through “the most difficult time we have ever known”.
The largest US online retailer has seen its profits decline and has said it may suffer a loss this quarter as it increases spending to keep logistics operations running smoothly during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Under normal circumstances, in the next second quarter we expect to realize some $ 4 billion or more in operating profits,” Bezos said in a statement on Amazon on Thursday. “But these are not normal circumstances. Instead, we expect to spend the entire $ 4 billion, and perhaps a little more, on Covid-related expenses to deliver products to customers and keep employees safe.
Operating profit could range from $ 1.5 billion to a loss of $ 1.5 billion in the quarter ending in June, the Seattle-based company said.
6:46 a.m .: The CD. The Howe Institute’s Business Cycle Council says Canada has entered a recession due to the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a report released on Friday, the board said the economy peaked in February before measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus stopped the economy.
A commonly used definition for a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth from quarter to quarter.
However, the C.D. Howe’s counsel defines a recession as a sharp, persistent and widespread decline in overall economic activity, and views GDP and employment as its primary measures.
“The members agreed that by applying the board’s methodology to the preliminary data available, Canada entered a recession in the first quarter of 2020,” the board said in a statement.
The March employment report found that over a million jobs were lost in the month, while a preliminary estimate from Statistics Canada suggests that the economy contracted by 9% over the course of the month. in the same month.
“The board agreed that the magnitude of the contraction makes it extremely unlikely that any future adjustment will reverse the finding of a significant drop in economic activity in the first quarter,” said the board.
Statistics Canada announced on Thursday that economic growth had stalled before the crisis, with real gross domestic product remaining virtually unchanged in February due to teachers’ strikes in Ontario and train barrages in many parts of the country.
Official GDP estimates for March and the first quarter of 2020 will be released on May 29.
6:31 a.m .: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Friday that the coronavirus emergency, which is scheduled to end next week, is to be held in place for about a month.
Abe, citing an expert report from a government task force, said Japanese medical systems are still under pressure, with confirmed cases far exceeding 10,000, even though Japan has avoided explosive infections as in many other countries and the spread of the infections have slowed somewhat under the current emergency.
“We still need you to continue to cooperate, and that is the opinion of the experts,” said Abe. He said that he had instructed Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, responsible for measures against coronaviruses, to prepare urgently to extend the measures “for about a month”. Abe said he will announce the details on Monday.
Japan has more than 14,000 cases, with more than 400 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health, although experts say there may be several times as many patients.
5:31 a.m .: Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Athens and the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece to mark May Day, despite government calls for the May Day marches and commemorations to be postponed to next Saturday, when certain locking measures have been lifted.
Hundreds of members of the Communist Party-backed PAME union gathered in the two cities on Friday morning, wearing masks and gloves, and standing two meters apart. The union has released photos showing organizers using measuring tape and square stickers to define the exact positions where protesters could show up for the rally in central Athens outside of the Parliament.
This year, May 1 is celebrated “in the special and difficult circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, but with our eyes turned to the next day,” said Communist Party leader Dimitris Koutsoumbas at the rally. The main problem for after the pandemic, he said, was the dilemma of “socialism or barbarism.” We respond to socialism. A new just society is necessary, with the working classes, the people, truly in power. “
Dozens of other unions have also organized marches or commemorations, with protesters typically wearing masks and keeping their distance from each other.
In addition, the police were in force on Friday to ensure that Greeks did not go to the countryside, a tradition for May 1. The lock-out measures need to be relaxed on Monday, but remain in effect for the statutory holiday weekend. Violators risk a fine of 150 euros.
5:02 a.m .: A holiday atmosphere has enlivened the streets of South Africa, as the May Day holiday is also the time when the country began to loosen its strict lockdown.
For the first time in five weeks, people were allowed to walk outside for exercise between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and thousands, with mandatory masks and keeping a distance, took to the streets .
Some South Africans will be able to resume work in small batches and many companies will resume their limited activities. Many factories can resume operations in phases, starting with only one-third of the employees authorized to return and must respect distances and other directives.
Public transport, including trains and buses, will start operating with a limited number of passengers. Even with the easing, South Africa’s lockdown remains tight, with no sales of alcohol and cigarettes allowed.
South Africa usually marks May 1 with rallies of unions and political parties, but this is not possible due to lock-in regulations.
“We want to take this opportunity to pay special tribute to our frontline health workers who face this virus on a daily basis during these difficult times,” said Jacob Khawe, secretary in Johannesburg of the ruling National Congress party. African.
4:29 a.m .: On Friday, Russia recorded nearly 8,000 new cases of coronavirus in another daily record, bringing the total to 114,431. The number of cases is likely to be much higher since not everyone is tested, and tests in Russia are only 70-80% accurate.
In at least five Russian regions, health officials have reported a wave of pneumonia. In Moscow, which accounts for half of all virus cases, all respiratory infections are likely to be caused by the coronavirus, according to public health agency Rospotrebnadzor.
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on Thursday that he had tested positive for the new virus and temporarily stepped down from running the cabinet.
4:27 a.m .: The coronavirus pandemic is likely to last as long as two years and will not be brought under control until about two-thirds of the world’s population will be immune, said a group of experts in a report.
Due to its ability to spread from people who don’t seem sick, the virus may be more difficult to control than the flu, the cause of most pandemics in recent history, according to the Center for Infectious report. Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. According to the report, people may actually be at their most contagious level before symptoms appear.
Having locked up billions of people around the world to minimize its spread across countries, governments are now cautiously authorizing the reopening of businesses and public places. However, the coronavirus pandemic is expected to continue in waves that could last beyond 2022, according to the authors.
“Risk communication messages from government officials should incorporate the concept that this pandemic will not end soon,” they said, “and that people must be prepared for possible periodic recurrences of the disease during for the next two years. “
Developers are rushing to make vaccines that may be available in small quantities as early as this year. Although large quantities of the 2009-2010 pandemic influenza vaccine only became available after the peak of the epidemic in the United States, a study estimated that the gunfire prevented up to 1.5 million cases and 500 deaths in this country alone, according to the report. said.
The report was written by CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm and Medical Director Kristen Moore, Tulane University public health historian John Barry and Marc Lipsitch, epidemiologist at Harvard School of Public Health.
4 h: China’s envoy to Ottawa says that while the United States “coats” their country with COVID-19, the People’s Republic appreciates Canada’s “cold” cooperation to fight the pandemic.
Ambassador Cong Peiwu also says he wants Canadians to know that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are healthy and receiving good treatment while in detention in China.
The two Canadians have been detained for more than 500 days and China suspended visits by Canadian diplomats earlier this year as part of its efforts to limit access to prisons during the pandemic.
In an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press, Cong said he had heard nothing new about a proposal by Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne to allow diplomats to conduct a “virtual” visit using the Internet to check Kovrig and Spavor.
They were imprisoned in December 2018 after Canada arrested Chinese high-tech leader Meng Wanzhou on an American extradition warrant, plunging Sino-Canadian relations to a new low.
Cong says Canada and China are working closely to fight the pandemic and is awaiting a report from his government on how one million masks that Canada imported from China have proven unsuitable for workers. health.
“China attaches great importance to quality control of exports. The relevant departments have recently drafted more stringent regulatory measures, “said Cong.
“We are still awaiting the government’s response because a report suggests that some masks do not meet quality standards. We would like to see clarification, but we still do not have an answer. ”
Legal issues in the Kovrig-Spavor-Meng dispute remain unchanged: China says Canada’s arrest of Meng, who faces charges of bank fraud in the United States, is unfair; Canada says that Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, have been arbitrarily arrested.
But Cong positioned Canada as an important partner for China in the ongoing battle against COVID-19 and used the interview to launch a counterattack against the United States, which temporarily suspended all funding for the Organization. world health.
Cong did not mention President Donald Trump by name, but he did refer to his administration’s accusations that the WHO had concealed the early aspects of the epidemic and that China had initially hidden information about it to the organization.
More recently, Trump and his supporters have also advanced a conspiracy theory that an infectious disease laboratory in Wuhan, China, was behind the pandemic. A US intelligence release released on Thursday indicates that the virus behind COVID-19 was not deliberately designed, but work is continuing to determine if it could have escaped from Wuhan’s laboratory during its study.
“China shares its experience while the United States coats China,” said Cong. “China has actively shared information on epidemics and anti-epidemic experiences with WHO and many other countries, including Canada.” The cooperation has spread to 150 countries and international organizations, including during recent videoconferences, he added.
“To spread the blame, some American politicians are trying to launch a stigma campaign against China. Attacking and discrediting other countries will not save time and lost lives. “
Cong was also asked about conservative politicians in Canada, who are asking for answers directly from the WHO and wondering if China is unduly influencing the organization.
“It is time to focus on the fight against the pandemic. Unfortunately, some politicians have strongly politicized the COVID-19 issue. In fact, we don’t think this is the time for accusations and political manipulation, ”he replied.
Champagne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said now is not the time to point the finger that the pandemic is still a threat, but suggested that a calculation may come later.
“I believe Canada has taken a cold approach,” said Cong.
“We appreciate that. Currently, the most important task is to focus our energy on fighting the pandemic. “
He said China is committed to helping Canada get all the medical equipment and supplies it needs during the pandemic. He also said that Canada was grateful to Canada for having shipped medical supplies to China from the start.
China is preparing to ship 32 tonnes of diagnostic kits, N95 masks, gowns and other equipment soon, Cong said.
China is also trying to facilitate the movement of Canadian goods through crowded Shanghai airports, he said, adding that it currently has no restrictions on the length of time ground crews of cargo aircraft charters can wait on the ground to be loaded.
China and Canada recently disagreed over whether this was a factor in the return of two Canadian planes from China without the medical supplies they had been sent to pick up.
“Our two countries have a tradition of supporting each other in difficult times,” said Cong.
“As you remember, during the most difficult period in our fight against the pandemic, the Canadian side provided us with assistance and support, and we very much appreciate that. As the pandemic spreads through Canada right now, we are linked to the hardships that Canadians are facing. “
The status quo remains for Kovrig and Spavor, who are in Chinese prisons accused of spying. The Canadian government calls their arrests arbitrary. China continues to call for Meng’s release, and Canada says his extradition case will have to be heard by British Columbia. courts. The pandemic has so far practically halted these legal proceedings.
Cong said Kovrig was allowed to phone his father in March, who was “gravely ill at the time,” but he did not provide any further details. Kovrig and Spavor, along with other prisoners, are all getting better food, and they are both entitled to “higher frequency” of parcels and letters.
“They are healthy and healthy,” said Cong. “This is a message I would like to share with you. “
4 h: The federal government will be under pressure today to explain what it is doing to prevent COVID-19 from spreading like wildfire on First Nations reserves and remote northern Inuit communities.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller and Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal to be toasted by MPs during a virtual meeting of the House Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee of the communes.
They appeared a day after Nunavut identified its first positive COVID-19 case in the community of Pond Inlet, which has a large population of 1,600, on Baffin Island.
First Nations reserves and remote communities are considered the most vulnerable areas of the country, due to the often overcrowded living conditions that make physical distance almost impossible and the lack of quick access to health services.
Although infection rates seem to be slowing in most countries and provinces are taking the first prudent steps to reopen their economies, Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Medical Officer of Health, warned Thursday of the growing risk to communities indigenous.
“I am also concerned about the increase in the number of COVID-19 in First Nations communities in several provinces,” she said.
“We must take the lead to protect and support these communities, by intensifying testing and contact tracing to find where the chains of transmission are located.”
As of April 29, Miller reported that there were 129 cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves and 16 confirmed cases in Inuit communities in Nunavik.
With respect to the first case in Nunavut, Miller promised that the federal government “will give our full attention to the fact that appropriate contact tracing and containment efforts are undertaken.”
To date, the federal government has committed more than $ 690 million to prepare for a pandemic and to purchase nursing supplies and services for Aboriginal communities.
However, it has come under heavy criticism for largely ignoring the needs of Aboriginal people living off reserve.
As the situation becomes increasingly worrying for Aboriginal communities, Prince Edward Island is poised to become the second province to carefully begin a gradual return to normal.
It will restart priority and non-emergency health services, including some elective surgeries and some health care providers, including physiotherapists, optometrists and chiropractors. And it will begin to allow outdoor gatherings and contactless outdoor recreational activities for no more than five people from different households.
P.E.I. is following New Brunswick’s decision last week to allow golf, fishing and hunting; interactions between two families; and a return to school for post-secondary students.
Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba plan to ease restrictions starting Monday.
Quebec, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, is also expected to reopen its retail stores outside Montreal on Monday, and those in Montreal on May 11. Schools and daycares outside Montreal are expected to reopen on May 11 as well.
The federal government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, released national guidelines earlier this week for reopening closed businesses and allowing Canadians to resume more normal operations.
In a conference call Thursday evening, the premiers “reaffirmed their commitment to the joint declaration on the shared public health approach to support the economic recovery,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office in a press release summarizing the call.
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“They talked about the plans they are presenting in each of their respective jurisdictions to revive the economy. Premiers recognized the importance of doing this through a gradual and gradual approach, based on the advice of experts in public health. “
3:24 a.m .: India has set a new daily record for coronavirus cases, with almost 2,000 recorded in the past 24 hours.
India’s health ministry said on Friday that 1,993 new cases and 73 more deaths brought the country’s total to 35,043, with 1,147 deaths.
The government is expected to decide on the future of its 40-day lockdown on Sunday. It allowed migrant workers and other stranded people to resume their journey on Wednesday, as well as some stores to reopen and manufacturing and farming to resume.
1:06 a.m .: Malaysia will let almost all of its economic activity resume as it enters a partially relaxed lock-in phase from May 4.
The government will apply guidelines to businesses to ensure there are no large gatherings and that people take precautions to reduce the risk of infection, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a television speech. However, companies are encouraged to let employees work from home if possible and to take into account their child-care obligations, he said.
Schools will remain closed, mass gatherings for religious and sporting events are not allowed, and Malaysians cannot travel freely across states, even during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, said Muhyiddin.
These measures allow Malaysia to join a wave of countries easing the containment measures that have held back global growth. Neighboring Vietnam canceled its home stay order for most of the country last week. Elsewhere, Italy will begin easing its two-month lockdown on Monday while Britain has promised a “comprehensive plan” to lift the lockdown. US states have diverged: Texas malls, restaurants, and movie theaters may reopen Friday, but California is fighting to lock it in.
The daily increase in the number of new coronavirus cases in Malaysia has slowed to less than 100 in the past two weeks, despite a peak on Wednesday due to imported cases. The country imposed sweeping restrictions on the movement of people on March 18, ordering the closure of businesses and, later, a curfew. The lockout has recently been extended to May 12.
Relaxed restrictions on business activities would support the economy, which the central bank planned to contract by as much as 2% or grow by 0.5% if the lock was lifted in mid-April. The government estimates a loss of 2.4 billion ringgit ($ 558 million) for each day the hard lock remains in place.
1:04 a.m .: Critical workers will go on strike nationwide on May 1 to demand safer conditions during the coronavirus epidemic, while other groups plan rallies against strict home orders that they say are paralyzing the American economy.
Organizers say employees of Amazon, Whole Foods, Target, Fedex and other companies have become the unexpected frontline workers of the pandemic. Employees will quit their jobs or call sick on International Workers’ Day in US cities on Friday to demand unpaid time off, risk premiums, sick leave, protective gear and cleaning supplies.
They say that the wrong policies of the employers led some of their colleagues to contract COVID-19.
“For these reasons, we are engaging in a massive disruption and exercising our right to refuse unsafe working conditions,” said a statement from the workers at Whole Foods.
Demonstrations are planned in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and other cities. The demonstrators ask consumers not to cross pickets or to use the services of these companies for the day in solidarity.
Meanwhile, nurses will take to the streets in front of more than 130 hospitals in 13 states to protest the lack of personal protective equipment and the sanctions they endure when they report the problem. More than 60 nurses across the country died from COVID-19, according to the organizers.
“The nurses signed up to take care of their patient. They did not sign up to sacrifice their lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, “said Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United.
Workers across the country who interact with the public – nurses, grocers and delivery people among them – have taken steps in the past few weeks to protect themselves. Actions of continuous work have sprung up in the lame economy, including Pittsburgh sanitation workers who have left their jobs and California fast food workers who have left restaurants to conduct socially distant protests in their cars.
Responding to planned workers’ protests, Amazon said in a statement: “Although we respect people’s right to speak out, we oppose the irresponsible actions of groups of workers by spreading disinformation and making false claims statements on Amazon during this unprecedented health and economic crisis. . We have taken extreme measures to understand and deal with this pandemic. “
Amazon said it spent more than $ 800 million on COVID-19 safety measures, including masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and the installation of hand washing stations in warehouses.
Walmart performs daily temperature checks and provides masks and gloves for workers in stores and warehouses, the company said.
Pro-labor protesters who typically take to the streets on May 1 hope to get some of the attention from recent protests that hit the headlines, demanding that states loosen shelter orders on the spot and “reopen”.
In Michigan, hundreds of protesters invaded the Capitol on Thursday to denounce the state’s residence order and trade restrictions. They hoisted signs saying, “Close the lock” and “No work, no freedom.”
Similar demonstrations took place last month in Sacramento against orders by Governor Gavin Newsom to keep people at home, except for essential activities. Other similar rallies have been held across California and the country, with more scheduled for Friday.
L’organisation Freedom Angels a déclaré qu’elle manifesterait au California Capitol tandis qu’un groupe se faisant appeler We Have Rights se rassemblerait à Los Angeles et dans d’autres villes du sud de la Californie. Une manifestation à Huntington Beach se concentrera probablement sur la décision de Newsom de fermer les plages du comté d’Orange après que des milliers de personnes se soient rassemblées sur le sable le week-end dernier.
De même, les rassemblements de voitures «MAGA May Day» des partisans du président Donald Trump protesteront contre les mesures de verrouillage de la pandémie dans des endroits tels que LA, Chicago et Long Island, New York. Les organisateurs reconnaissent que la menace du coronavirus est «très réelle».
«Cependant, l’Amérique ne peut pas détruire la vie et les rêves de la majorité pour en protéger quelques-uns. Le remède ne peut pas être plus dangereux que la maladie. Nous risquons de perdre qui nous sommes en tant que nation en fermant complètement le pays et l’économie », a déclaré un communiqué sur le site Web du 1er mai de MAGA.
À Los Angeles, les manifestants anti-verrouillage seront accueillis par des contre-manifestants qui disent que l’opposition aux ordonnances de rester à la maison est anti-science.
00 h 26: Les parcs et musées de Pékin, dont l’ancienne Cité interdite, ont rouvert au public vendredi après avoir été fermés pendant des mois en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus.
La Cité interdite, ancienne demeure des empereurs chinois, n’autorise que 5 000 visiteurs par jour, contre 80 000. Et les parcs permettent aux gens de visiter à 30% de la capacité habituelle.
Les activités de groupe à grande échelle restent en suspens et les visiteurs doivent réserver leurs billets à l’avance en ligne, selon Gao Dawei, directeur adjoint du Bureau de jardinage et d’écologisation de Pékin.
Jeudi, Pékin a abaissé son niveau de réponse d’urgence au virus du premier au deuxième niveau, mais les contrôles de température et les distanciations sociales restent en vigueur.
Le changement intervient au début de la fête de cinq jours du 1er mai et avant le rassemblement reprogrammé de la Chine du Congrès national du peuple le 22 mai.
Vendredi, la Chine a signalé 12 nouveaux cas de virus, six importés de l’étranger et aucun nouveau décès pour la 16e journée consécutive.
00h18: L’empereur japonais Naruhito a célébré vendredi son premier anniversaire de son intronisation avec une prière dans les sanctuaires des palais pour la paix et le bonheur des gens au milieu de la pandémie de coronavirus.
Naruhito, portant un masque chirurgical blanc, a salué les sympathisants sur le trottoir d’une voiture royale en route vers le palais pour le rituel.
Naruhito, 60 ans, est monté sur le trône du chrysanthème le 1er mai de l’année dernière, au lendemain de l’abdication de son père, Akihito.
Dans le rituel fermé de vendredi, Naruhito devait changer de tenue traditionnelle pour prier pour la paix et le bonheur pour le peuple et les dieux de Shinto.
Certains de ses événements prévus, y compris une partie de ses célébrations d’anniversaire en février et un voyage en Grande-Bretagne qui devait être sa première visite à l’étranger en tant que monarque, ont été annulés en raison de la pandémie.
Naruhito et son épouse, l’empereur Masako, ont reçu des informations d’experts en coronavirus sur les derniers développements.
Le Premier ministre Shinzo Abe a déclaré jeudi qu’il prévoyait de prolonger l’état d’urgence au-delà de la fin prévue le 6 mai, car les infections se propagent et les hôpitaux sont surchargés.
Le Japon compte 14 281 cas confirmés, en hausse de 182 par rapport à la veille, avec 432 décès, selon le décompte du ministère de la Santé vendredi.
00 h 13: La date limite pour lever les lignes directrices en matière de distanciation sociale s’est tranquillement dépassée jeudi, alors que la Maison Blanche a lancé un nouvel ensemble de suggestions visant à rouvrir l’économie américaine désormais décimée par la pandémie de coronavirus.
La Maison Blanche est en train de supprimer les directives fédérales, qui étaient autrefois un principe central de sa réponse aux coronavirus et l’objet du message de l’administration, dans le dernier signe de l’empressement du président à relancer l’économie jadis en plein essor bouleversée par la crise des coronavirus. L’administration Trump subit des pressions économiques pour faire passer sa stratégie de la lutte contre le coronavirus à un message de relance économique qui, espère-t-il, contribuera à assurer sa réélection en novembre.
L’administration a pivoté vers un plan en trois phases qui laisse la décision aux États, créant une stratégie disparate qui, selon certains experts en santé, pourrait compromettre les progrès qui ont été réalisés pour endiguer la propagation du coronavirus.
Les recommandations sur la distanciation sociale, publiées à la mi-mars et étendues de deux semaines à 45 jours, invitaient les Américains à travailler à domicile et à éviter les déplacements non essentiels ainsi que les espaces publics comme les restaurants et les bars afin de « niveler la courbe ». du nombre de personnes infectées par COVID-19.
Le président Donald Trump a été critiqué pour avoir flotté l’idée de lever les restrictions à l’éloignement social dès le 12 avril, qui était le dimanche de Pâques. Il a changé son air après avoir été confronté à un nombre de morts prévu de 100 000 à 240 000 si les gens étaient autorisés à retourner dans les espaces publics trop tôt.
Mais à la fin du mois d’avril cette semaine, Trump a déclaré qu’il n’avait pas l’intention d’étendre les recommandations fédérales après leur expiration jeudi, même si son propre coordinateur du groupe de travail, le Dr Deborah Birx, a suggéré que la distanciation sociale existerait sous une forme ou été.
« Ils disparaîtront, car maintenant les gouverneurs le font », a déclaré Trump à propos des directives lors d’une réunion avec le gouverneur de la Louisiane, John Bel Edwards, mercredi.
Malgré le nombre de cas de coronavirus aux États-Unis dépassant le million, avec un nombre de morts sinistre de plus de 60000, la Maison Blanche a hâte de dresser un portrait optimiste des Américains qui retournent au travail d’ici cet été. Le vice-président Mike Pence a déclaré aux journalistes jeudi que la plupart des gouverneurs ont adopté les directives fédérales et les ont incorporées dans leurs plans de réouverture de leurs États.
Le gendre et conseiller principal du président, Jared Kushner, a déclaré mercredi à « Fox and Friends » que les Américains reprendraient leurs routines normales dès juin.
« Je pense que ce que vous verrez en mai, alors que les États rouvrent maintenant, c’est que mai sera un mois de transition. ” he said. « Et je pense que vous verrez d’ici juin, une grande partie du pays devrait être de retour à la normale et l’espoir est que … d’ici juillet, le pays bascule vraiment à nouveau. “
Alors que le président et ses collaborateurs ont suggéré que certains gouverneurs étaient prêts à autoriser les gens à retourner au travail et à rouvrir les écoles, ses experts en santé ont souligné que les États devaient satisfaire aux exigences des nouvelles directives «Ouvrir à nouveau l’Amérique».
Le nouveau plan fédéral de relance de l’économie, lancé plus tôt ce mois-ci, décrit trois étapes qui décalent la fin de la distanciation sociale sur la base d’une période de deux semaines de «trajectoire descendante» des cas de coronavirus. But the plan is largely based on benchmarks, including the availability of generalized tests, which, according to the governors, are not yet available.
Des experts de la santé et des représentants de l’État et des collectivités locales ont exprimé leur inquiétude quant à l’ouverture trop tôt de la menace d’une deuxième vague mortelle de propagation du virus qui fermerait une grande partie du pays et étoufferait une économie déjà en difficulté.
More than half of the states have announced plans to ease restrictions on coronaviruses under President’s encouragement and new federal guidelines. Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was one of the first to enact aggressive plans to ease stay-at-home orders, despite criticism from the president that it was “too soon,” allowing gyms, tattoo parlours, salons and massage therapists to reopen April 24.
The president has praised other governors such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who unveiled his plan to reopen all retail stores, restaurants, movie theatres and malls at a 25% capacity level on Friday — a week after Kemp’s plan went into effect. Other states, including Tennessee and Missouri, have also announced plans to return to business as usual on Monday even as they haven’t yet met the requirements under the new reopening guidance.
Les lignes directrices fédérales encouragent toujours les gens à limiter les rassemblements sociaux à moins de 10 personnes jusqu’au 15 mai, tandis que plusieurs États préconisent une approche plus progressive. Some governors have relied on coordination with neighboring states: California is moving forward in coordination with Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada; governors from Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have also announced plans to form a joint task force.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned states that don’t have the capability to test people and conduct contact tracing to “go very slowly.”
« Vous ne pouvez pas simplement sauter par-dessus les choses et vous retrouver dans une situation où vous tentez vraiment un rebond. That’s the thing I get concerned about. I hope they don’t do that,” he told NBC’s “TODAY” show on Thursday.
Fauci cautioned that new cases are bound to occur as states begin opening up public spaces.
“There will be blips,” he added. “There’s no doubt. When you pull back, there will be cases, and what we need to do is make sure (states) have in place the capability of identifying, isolating and contact tracing individuals.”