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Coronavirus Live Updates: All 50 States Have Begun to Reopen

All 50 states have begun to reopen, but vast discrepancies remain.

In Connecticut, flags that had been lowered to half-staff during the somber peak of the pandemic were raised high again to signal the state’s return to business.

In Kentucky, gift shops opened their doors.

And across Alaska, restaurants, bars and gyms, which have already been seeing customers for weeks, were getting ready to rev back up to full capacity. “It will all be open,” Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced, “just like it was prior to the virus.”

As of Wednesday, all 50 states had begun to reopen to some degree, two months after the outbreak thrust the country into lockdown. But vast variations remain in how states are deciding to open up, with some forging far ahead of others. Many began to reopen despite not meeting White House guidelines for progress against the virus, and newly reported cases have been

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As States Rush to Reopen, Scientists Fear a Coronavirus Comeback

Millions of working people and small-business owners who cannot earn money while sheltering at home are facing economic ruin. So dozens of states, seeking to ease the pain, are coming out of lockdown.

Most have not met even minimal criteria for doing so safely, and some are reopening even as coronavirus cases rise, inviting disaster. The much-feared “second wave” of infection may not wait until fall, many scientists say, and instead may become a storm of wavelets breaking unpredictably across the country.

The reopenings will proceed nonetheless. The question now, scientists say, is whether the nation can minimize the damage by intelligently adopting new tactics.

Americans are lining up for antibody tests that may reveal who has some immunity, perhaps opening paths back to normal life for them. Early (but still controversial) surveys suggest that more Americans may carry antibodies than initially thought.

But while it may still be possible

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Coronavirus Live Updates: More States Let Businesses Reopen; Many Students are Postponing College Decisions

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From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is “The Daily.”

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Michigan has been one of the most aggressive states when it comes to taking steps to combat the coronavirus.

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Bans on all gatherings outside a single household, travel to in-state vacation homes, and the use of motorboats —

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Michigan’s restrictions on its citizens movements have been at the center of a national debate about public health versus economic survival.

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Protests in Michigan are growing because the governor, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, has told us citizens they can’t leave the city and stay in their summer homes.

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Don’t buy paint, don’t buy roses, don’t buy — I mean, she’s got all these crazy things.

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Today: A conversation with the governor who ordered those restrictions and a demonstrator who is protesting them.

It’s

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Staggering Unemployment Hits States as House Convenes Before Aid Vote

As states face a downturn worse than the Great Recession, McConnell suggests they consider bankruptcy.

During the Great Recession, tax collections fell so steeply that state and local governments furloughed and laid off police officers and cut aid to key services like health care, transportation and schools. Some cities turned off streetlights to save on electricity, and Hawaii cut its school aid so much that it closed them down altogether on many Fridays.

The current downturn is shaping up to be worse, and bipartisan groups of governors and mayors from around the country have been pleading with Washington for aid to help them keep workers on their payrolls as they grapple with a growing public health and economic crisis.

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