From reports the US seem to be the Centre of the coronavirus infections as it account to most infected among a country’s population in the world followed by Spain, President Donald Trump and some governor mostly the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have differ on the reopening of States, but the President has come up with guidelines to governors on reopening state economies in the coming months.
The guidelines for “Opening up America Again” outline three phases in which states can gradually ease their lockdowns, the president promised Governor would handle all the process with help from the Federal Government, he suggested for a reopening this month
The US has 678,210 confirmed cases and 34,641 deaths due to the virus, with about 57,844 believed to have recovered.
Trump said “America wants to be open and Americans want to be open,” he said. “A national shutdown is not a sustainable long-term solution.”
He said that a prolonged lockdown risked inflicting a serious toll on public health. He warned of a “sharp rise” in drug abuse, alcohol abuse, heart disease, and other “physical and mental” problems.
Shortly after the president statement Democrat house Speaker Nancy Pelosi, called the new guidelines “vague and inconsistent”.
The guideline is an 18-page document details three phases to reopen State economies, each phase lasting minimum 14 days
They include some recommendations across all three phases including good personal hygiene and employers developing policies to ensure social distancing, testing and contact tracing.
Phase one includes much of the current lockdown measures such as avoiding non-essential travel and not gathering in groups. But it says large venues such as restaurants, places of worship and sports venues “can operate under strict physical distancing protocols”.
If there is no evidence of a resurgence of the coronavirus, phase two allows non-essential travel to resume. The guidance says schools can reopen and bars can operate “with diminished standing-room occupancy”.
Under phase three, states which are still seeing a downward trend of symptoms and cases can allow “public interactions” with physical distancing and the unrestricted staffing of worksites. Visits to care homes and hospitals can resume and bars can increase their standing room capacity.
Some regions could begin returning to normal after a month-long evaluation period, at the earliest, according to the document.
Meanwhile other countries are taking actions on the lockdown, Germany is easing restrictions, shops may open as early as next week, Austria has reopened thousands of shops, France has extended its lockdown to 11 May, Italy is allowing limited number of shops to reopen in less-affected regions, India has extended its lockdown until 3 May, The UK has extended lockdown for at least three more weeks, Denmark has said it intends to ease its lockdown faster than originally planned, Spain has allowed some businesses to return to work, Poland will begin lifting restrictions this weekend.
Seem the world is discovering the effect of the lockdown if prolonged might even be more disastrous than the coronavirus pandemic itself.