Governors in U.S. states most affected by the new coronavirus, which was discussed with President Donald Trump over his claims that they have enough tests and should reopen their economies soon, as more protests are planned over the extension of those who stay at home.
New York continued to see hospital admissions drop to 16,000 from a peak of 18,000, and the number of patients kept alive by ventilators also declined. There were 507 new deaths, down from a peak of over 700 a day.
“If the data is correct and if this trend continues, we are past its peak and all indications on this point are that we are going downhill. Whether or not the descent continues depends on what we do,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo at a daily briefing.
Cuomo, along with other governors, is calling for more testing.
“The administration I think is trying to step up testing, they are doing a number of things related to private labs,” Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan said during a CNN interview. “But to try to avoid this, saying that the governors have a lot of tests and they just have to get started with testing, somehow we don’t do our job is just absolutely false.”
Democratic Virginia governor Ralph Northam told CNN that Trump and vice president Mike Pence’s claims that states have many tests were “just delusional.”
The Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. region are still seeing increasing cases, even as the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, New York, is beginning to dwindle. Boston and Chicago are also emerging hotspots with recent increases in deaths and deaths.
Several states, including Ohio, Texas and Florida, have said they want to reopen parts of their economy, perhaps by May 1 or even earlier, but have been shown to remain cautious.
Trump’s guidelines to reopen the economy recommend a 14-day state record of falling case numbers before restrictions are gradually lifted. Still, the Republican president seemed to be encouraging protesters who wanted the measures removed earlier, with a series of Twitter messages on Friday calling for “LIBERATION” of Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia, all led by democratic governors.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee doubled his attacks on Trump’s call to “free” states, saying the president encouraged people to break state self-isolation laws.
“These orders are actually the law of these states,” he said. “To encourage an American president to break the law, I can’t remember where we saw anything like that while I was in America.”
The United States has by far the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 730,000 infections and more than 39,600 deaths.
Michigan and Ohio governors said on Sunday they could double or triple their testing capacity if the federal government helped them purchase more swaps and reagents, chemicals that were needed as part of the testing process.
Demonstrations to end stay-at-home measures that have hit the U.S. economy have erupted in a few places in Texas, Wisconsin and the capitals of Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia. More than 22 million Americans have claimed unemployment benefits in the past month.
Trump had touted a booming economy as the best case for his reelection in November.
On Saturday, several dozen protesters gathered in the Texas capital, Austin, shouting “USA! USA!” and “Let’s work!”
In Brookfield, Wisconsin, hundreds of protesters cheered as they stood along a main road waving American flags protesting the extension of that state’s “safer home” order.
In particular, the protesters did not abide by the social distance rules and did not wear the face masks recommended by public health officials.
US lawmakers are very close to an agreement on how to approve additional money to help small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic and could close a deal on Sunday, Congress and Trump officials said.
An agreement would put an end to a stalemate that lasted more than a week following Trump’s request to add $ 250 billion to a small business loan program. Congress approved the program last month as part of a $ 2.3 trillion corona virus plan for economic aid, but it’s already running out of money.