US President Donald Trump unveiled a phased postcoronavirus economic and social reopening plan on Thursday as protests against the containment measures erupt in the country.
The president presented his plan when coronavirus cases in the United States exceed 675,000 and the deceased are more than 34,500. For days the number of infections has increased at a rate of 30,000 daily and that of deceased has been around 2,000.
REOPENING BY PHASES, ZONES AND WITHOUT SCHEDULE
Trump left the decision on when to adhere to a reopening plan that consists of three phases and does not have a calendar to the governors, although he made it clear that the states that meet the requirements and wish to do so will be able to do so starting tomorrow.
In fact, Trump assured that 29 of the 50 states in the US They are already in a position to start the reopening on Friday in the first phase, which can be accessed if the coronavirus cases have decreased in a period of 14 days and the hospitals operate in a normal situation.
In this phase, schools will continue to be closed, visits to prohibited nursing homes, citizens will be asked to avoid concentrations of more than 10 people, telework will continue to be encouraged and businesses such as restaurants, gyms or cinemas will be able to open in compliance with regulations. social distancing.
In a second phase, schools may reopen, also bars, concentrations of more than 50 people should be avoided, teleworking will continue to be encouraged, but trips considered non-essential may be resumed.
Finally, in a phase three visits to residences and hospitals will be opened, work centers will operate without restrictions, but businesses such as bars, restaurants and cinemas must continue to comply with social distancing regulations.
During the press conference in which he presented his plan, Trump encouraged the governors to join the reopening but "step by step" and "carefully".
"We are starting our lives again. We are starting to reactivate our economy in a safe, structured and very responsible way," said the president.
Trump's reopening comes as anti-confinement protests erupt in the country, usually nurtured by supporters of the president and directed against the governors, who are the decision-makers.
The massive protest in Michigan on Wednesday, which was even attended by armed people, has been followed this Thursday by mobilizations in Ohio or Virginia, while others are being called for in the coming days.
The protesters reject the business closings and the social distancing measures that many governors are extending until mid-May, thus hindering the early execution of the government's reopening plan.
22 MILLION UNEMPLOYED
Part of the social unrest is due to the massive destruction of jobs derived from confinement measures, which in the last month have claimed 22 million jobs in the United States after adding 5.2 in the last week.
Data released by the Labor Department shows that the economic slowdown has extended beyond the hotel, tourism, restaurant and retail sectors, which were the most affected at the beginning of the quarantine.
These data indicate that the unemployment rate in the United States could approach 17%, according to private economists, well above the high of 10% recorded in October 2009, three months after the end of the Great Recession.
DEATH IN ELDERLY RESIDENCES
With nearly 6,000 killed by COVID-19 in nursing homes, the spotlight is on one in New Jersey with nearly 70 dead and in which 17 bodies were found this week piled in its morgue, with a capacity for 4 corpses.
The New Jersey Attorney's Office has announced an investigation into the recent deaths at the center, where 75 other residents and 40 employees have tested positive.