U.S. COVID-19 death toll passes 40,000, as protestors call for reopening economy

All over the world, there are now more than 2.4 million confirmed cases of coronavirus — and the U.S. continues to lead, with more than 770,000.

The U.S. death toll has reached more than 40,000.

Yet thousands of angry Americans in states like Indiana, Texas, and Michigan are have taken to the streets to clamor for their economies to be opened up as they say healthy people should be allowed to go back to their normal lives.

Over the weekend, President Trump defended the protesters by saying some states lockdown orders are really too tough for people — even going as far as tweeting and naming states that he says need to be liberated.

“No these are people expressing their views. I see where they are and I see the way they’re working. They seem to be very responsible people to me. They’ve been treated a bit rough.”

Trump’s tweets and remarks were met with concern by some governors like Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, who said the president could be instigating domestic rebellion as he spreads lies.

The nation’s top infectious disease expert appealed to protesters to understand the need for the lockdown.

“Well, I mean, I’m looking at it from a public health standpoint. I certainly can understand the frustration of people. But my main role in the task force is to make recommendations to protect the health and the safety of the American people,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci. “And I would hope that people understand that that’s the reason why we’re doing what we’re doing. And hopefully we’ll put an end to this.”

Meanwhile, Trump added that many states will be reopening soon as more and more testing will be made available to allow them to pass the gating period and enter phase 1 of the reopening guidelines.

“As you’ll hear from our experts today, we’ve already built sufficient testing capacity nationwide for states to begin their re-openings. And I think you’ll be hearing a lot about reopening in the coming weeks and months. Most excitingly, in the coming weeks, I think you’re going to see some very, very dramatic steps taken and very safely. We’re putting safety first. We may be opening, but we’re putting safety first.”

The White House is set to use the defense production act to boost testing swab manufacturing.

“We’re close to finalizing a second partnership through which a US manufacturer would convert its existing plant to produce over 10 million additional swabs per month. We should be ready to announce this in a very short period of time.”

However, health experts warned that reopening states too soon could still backfire and could cause another outbreak.

(Cover Photo: Reuters/Rachel Wisniewski)

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