ATLANTA, GA — More food places and stores in Georgia are fully reopening this week.
In neighboring South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster lifted the stay at home order on Monday, May 4.
More than a dozen states continue to relax lockdown measures, despite increasing number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the U.S.
President Donald Trump during a virtual town hall on Fox News Sunday night said that the shutdown orders helped saved many lives – but admitted that the virus will cause more fatalities in the country.
“We’re going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people. That’s a horrible thing, we shouldn’t lose one person over this.”
The latest key model projected that 134,000 people will die of COVID-19 in the U.S. by August, officials said, mainly because states are reopening too soon.
As of Tuesday, the number of deaths in Georgia has increased to more than 1,200.
Governor Brian Kemp ordered the elderly and medically fragile to keep sheltering at home through June 12th.
81-year-old Dr. Eligio Abellera and his wife are among them.
Abellera told ABS-CBN News that he feels grateful to be alive. He beat the odds and survived COVID-19, after being hospitalized for 8 days.
Abellera said he was fully aware of the possibility that he would have to say goodbye to his family through FaceTime like what he’d heard other people ended up doing.
“Those went through my mind. The sad part about it is nobody could even hold your hands while you’re going through, you’re processing your goodbyes could be.”
But abellera defied grim statistics. 75 percent of people who die from the virus in the state were 65-years-old or older, according to public health officials.
Recent projections in South Carolina, meanwhile worry many, including thousands of Filipinos who live there. According to health officials, the estimated number of COVID-19 cases could grow up to more than 9,600 by May 23rd.