6 States Vow To Work Together On Reopening Economy; France Extends Lockdown Until Mid-May: Live Updates

Monday, April 13, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Mon, 04/13/2020

Summary:

Smithfield foods closes world’s largest pork plant
US, Europe see decline in new cases
China, Russia report concerning increases in new cases
China ends Gilead drug trial hailed as ‘highly successful’ a few days ago
Italian death toll passes 20k
South America, Africa see acceleration in new cases
Cuomo sees vaccine in 12-18 months
George Stephanopoulos tests positive for COVID-19
WHO says it will release new guidelines for countries restarting economies
New York deaths pass 10k
Cuomo reports another drop in hospitalizations
Florida case total passes 20k
Singapore reports record jump in new cases
UK’s top scientific advisor warned against lifting lockdown
Global cases top 1.9M, deaths near 120k
2 NYPD detectives die from COVID-19
Senior Israeli rabbi succumbs to virus
EU competition regulator warns about risk of corporate takeovers from China
In Ecuador, police move to collect 800 bodies from a hard hit village
Trump likely to cut money for WHO
Iran reports 1,600+ new cases, 100+ deaths
Putin warns outbreak getting worse
Australia, New Zealand keep restrictions in place despite drop in new cases
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Update (1415ET): A hastily organized press conference involving the governors from six northeastern states – NY, NJ, CT, RI, DE, RI, PA – is underway, as the group explain to the public how they will work together to cut costs and pool resources to battle the epidemic, and coordinate the difficult decision of reopening the regional economy.

Earlier, several governors insisted that they and they alone would decide when to reopen their states, and the briefing was apparently called after President Trump insisted he had the sole power to reopen the states – which many immediately rebuffed.

At the briefing, the governors’ response was delivered by New Hampshire’s Tom Wolfe.

“Since we had the responsibility of closing the state down…we have the responsibilioty for opening it up…you’ve got to get people healthy first before reopening the economy, or it’s not going to work…we’re almost ready to start moving on to the next sense which is moving back to some semblance of a new normal,” said New Hampshire Gov. Tom Wolfe. “It was our responsibility to steer our way through these uncharted waters and it’s our responsibility to steer our way back.”

Watch the briefing live below:

RI Gov. Gina Raimondo said the governors are the ones who have “shown great leadership” in navigating this crisis, while the federal government procrastinated and failed to come up with a consistent, coherent plan.

All six governors pledged to form a regional task force designed to planning the reopening, each to include a public health official, an economic development official and each governors’ chief of staff.

As far as when the guidelines would be ready, Gov. Cuomo said it would “have to be within weeks.”

French President Macron, meanwhile, said Monday night that he would extend the country’s lockdown until mid-May as new cases and deaths continue to slide.

Below, we noted comments from a WHO press briefing earlier where Dr. Tedros insisted that the organization remained on good terms with the US, even as President Trump prepares to pull funding.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world has just passed 1.9 million, while the global death toll approaches 120k.

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