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The U.S. has seen at least 1.3 million infections and nearly 81,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus , the highest toll in the world by far, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
With the U.S. economy in free-fall and more than 30 million people unemployed, many conservatives have been anxious to reopen states for business.
Eyeing the November elections, the Trump administration has been eager to restart the economy, urging on protesters opposing their state governors’ stay-at-home orders and expressing his own confidence that the coronavirus will fade away as summer advances and Americans return to work and other pursuits. Even as President Trump urges getting Americans back to work and reopening the economy, thousands of people are getting sick from COVID-19 on the job.
Recent figures show a surge of infections in meatpacking and poultry-processing plants . There’s been a spike of new cases among construction workers in Austin, Texas, where that sector recently returned to work. Even the White House has proven vulnerable, with positive coronavirus tests for one of Trump’s valets and for Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary .
The developments underscore the high stakes for communities nationwide as they gradually loosen restrictions on business .
A recent Associated Press review determined that 17 states did not meet a key White House benchmark for loosening restrictions — a 14-day downward trajectory in new cases or positive test rates. Yet many […]
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