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Virus morning brief: Some nations, US states shift focus from virus to economies. Get the latest here.

Virus morning brief: Some nations, US states shift focus from virus to economies. Get the latest here.

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Some countries — and U.S. states — are shifting their focus away from stay-at-home measures and toward fixing ravaged economies. But some worry that prematurely lifting restrictions could spark a resurgence in coronavirus infections. For many it’s the most agonizing of delicate balancing acts imaginable.

Perhaps less so in Georgia, where reopening in the U.S. state is set to continue apace with restaurants and movie theaters, as more restrictions against the coronavirus are loosened in the big U.S. southern state. An earlier easing saw many establishments gratefully opened their doors after a monthlong closure, but others didn’t feel ready yet and remained shuttered. A similar mixed response is expected from the businesses allowed to reopen today.

Here's an update on all developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • The number of dead in the U.S. has reached about 55,000 — close to the 58,000 U.S. troops killed during the Vietnam War. The official death toll topped 200,000 worldwide, with about 3 million confirmed infections, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
  • The race is on for small business owners across the country to access billions in emergency funding through the Small Business Administration. The loan program relaunches at 10:30 a.m. ET this morning, and many lenders have a backlog of applications ready to upload into the system.
  • On his first day back at work in three weeks after a bout of COVID-19 that left him dangerously ill, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain had reached the moment of “maximum risk” in its outbreak and urged patience.
  • Americans’ support for mail-in voting has jumped amid concerns about the safety of polling places during the coronavirus pandemic, but a wide partisan divide suggests President Donald Trump’s public campaign against vote by mail may be resonating with his Republican backers.
  • The novel coronavirus has sickened thousands of America’s first responders and killed dozens more. But many have recovered, and they’re going back to work — back to the crime scene, back into the ambulance, back to the jail.
  • The historic crash in oil prices in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is reverberating across the Middle East as crude-dependent countries scramble to offset losses from a key source of state revenue.
  • Wuhan, the city at the center of China’s coronavirus outbreak, has no more hospitalized patients after the last 12 were discharged, the Hubei province health commission said.


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