AGENCIES, Washington: The US has been the worst hit by coronavirus alone accounts the highest number so far although the spread of the virus has slowed with a drop in new cases and hospitalisations. Reported confirmed infections went up to 905,364 with 36,188 more over the past 24 hours and fatalities to 51,956 with 1,995 more, which is the lowest in weeks.
Barber shops, nail salons, gyms and a few other businesses reopened in Georgia on Friday as the Republican governor eased a month-long shutdown despite warnings from health experts of a potential new surge of coronavirus infections.
Oklahoma has also allowed salons, barbers and pet groomers. And Alaska has eased restriction on restaurants, retail stores and nonessential businesses, including hair and nail salons.
Georgia is being seen as a test case by many other states who are eager to open too but are being careful to not trigger a resurgence. Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, is being seen as rash and was publicly scolded by Trump for rushing into it, in defiance of the three-phase federal reopening guidelines.
While New York is improving, Governor Andrew Cuomo has said deaths have declined but the epicenter of the American epidemic, California and Illinois remain under strict lockdown orders with their Governors saying they intend to keep them in place.
On Friday, a rally outside Wisconsin’s capitol building in Madison saw hundreds of protesters demanding Democratic Governor Tony Evers to reopen the state even after it reported its largest single day jump of new coronavirus cases.