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Despite Warnings, Many US States Have Reopened Their Economy


Rising unemployment has forced many US states to reopen their economy, most recently Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana and Tennessee. 

Meanwhile, experts warned that the increase in contact between people could cause the 2nd outbreak of COVID-19.
As of April 27th, the US recorded 26,509 new infections and 1,157 new deaths from COVID-19. 

The United States remains the world leader in the number of people infected and killed by the pandemic, with a total of 987,322 infections and 55,415 deaths, according to Worldometer.

However, according to Reuters news agency , there is a "wave" of lifting restrictions in many US states as the unemployment rate in April has increased to more than 16%, most of the localities are located below the leadership of Republican governors.

Most recently, the states of Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana and Tennessee have reopened, despite experts warning that the economic reopening will increase contact between people, maybe " spark "the new wave of COVID-19 infection.

In Tennessee, the state government allowed restaurants to resume operations on April 27. Mississippi, meanwhile, also ended the order to stay home until April 27 and plans to reopen later.

In Montana, local authorities allowed businesses to return to work earlier this week, demanding a social gap and restricting people from gathering at one point despite new cases being reported on Monday.

Similarly, businesses in Minnesota began work on April 27, with about 80,000-100,000 people working in industries, manufacturing and offices.

In Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis (Democrat) has "paved the way" for roadside pickup trucks to resume operation. Hair salons, tattoo shops, retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters were reopened on April 24.

Earlier, the states of Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Alaska and South Carolina made the first moves to remove some restrictions to reopen the economy.

According to Reuters , the number of 26.5 million Americans who have to apply for unemployment benefits since mid-March 2020 is part of the reason for this situation. Meanwhile, the Office of Congressional Budget (CBO) forecasts that the US economy will shrink by nearly 40% in the second quarter of 2020.

However, polls from Americans in both Democrats and Republicans show that they still want to stay at home more to avoid COVID-19 infection, regardless of the impact on the economy.



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