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Plan to reopen the country

President Trump (Credit: White House)

President Trump outlined broad new federal guidelines for opening up the country that will put the onus on governors to decide how to restart the economies in their states amid mounting fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, WSJ reported.

  • Local angle: Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the state’s shutdown for another month until at least May 15. One sign that New York will not be ready to begin returning to normal by then came later in the day, when Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City was canceling all permitted events for May, NYTimes noted.
  • Be Smart: Public-health experts, including some in the Trump administration, have warned that reopening the country too soon could prompt a second wave of coronavirus cases, undercut ongoing mitigation efforts, and overwhelm the health-care system.

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