7 Midwestern States Release Plan To Reopen Economies May 15: Live Updates

Thursday, April 16, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Thu, 04/16/2020

Summary:

Germany reports jump in new cases, deaths
Spain reports most new cases in a week
North Dakota releases plan to reopen state May 1
France confirms
Turkey releases mafia boss from prison
Global Times editor denies report about leak from Wuhan lab
Trump reschedules tonight’s press conference for 6pmET
Switzerland unveils bailout package
Singapore reports another record daily jump as 2nd wave arrives
Italy reports slight rise in new cases, pullback in deaths
Sweden reports another alarming jump
Chinese factories on verge of second shutdown
France coronavirus-linked deaths fall for first time in 4 days
UK health minister says it’s too early to end lockdown as measures set to be extended
Trump set to release reopening ‘guidelines’ some time after 3pmET
UK extends lockdown by “at least” 3 weeks
7 Midwestern states drop guidelines for reopening economy
Britain crosses 100k case threshold
European Commission President apologizes to Italy
Russia’s streak of record new cases stretches to 5th day
Japan expands state of emergency to cover whole country
Cuomo reports 606 more deaths in NYS
UK planning to announce lockdown extension today
Party of South Korean president wins 180 of 300 seats in legislative vote
President Trump to unveil plan to reopen economy Thursday
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Update (1420ET): Speaking of ‘preempting Trump’, the president just tweeted that tonight’s press conference, which is also supposed to feature the release of the federal guidelines, until 6 pm.

Major News Conference tonight, the White House at 6:00 P.M. (Eastern), to explain Guidelines for OPENING UP AMERICA AGAIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2020

Meanwhile, in France, deaths linked to the virus rose to 17,920, according to Director General for Health Jerome Salomon, that’s an increase of 753 from figures reported on Wednesday, a smaller jump than was reported the day before. However, the pace of new cases rose.

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Update (1415ET): As California hints at a return to normalcy that could drag out for over a year, and Cuomo leaves the door open for a summer rebound, a bipartisan group of governors in the Midwest have formed their own little group, as everybody rushes to preempt Trump’s announcement (expected some time after 3pm) to make it look like they’re all firmly in control.

The consensus is that these states are now shooting to start reopening their economies on May 15, a date that some experts believe should be “a good one” for “a lot of places around the country,” according to Josh Bolton from the Business Roundtable, who was speaking about the news on CNBC.

I’m proud to announce that Midwest governors will work in close coordination to reopen our economies in a way that protects families from the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you @GovWhitmer, @GovMikeDeWine, @GovEvers, @GovTimWalz, @GovHolcomb and @GovAndyBeshear for your partnership. pic.twitter.com/dSBeMOEgpq

— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) April 16, 2020

The states co-signing the guidelines include: Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

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Update (1320ET): One Twitter user has highlighted an extremely depressing fact about Italy’s outbreak:

A very sad fact:

It’s the 30th day in a row that Italy reports more than 400 deaths from coronavirus.

Declining, but still 400+ lives lost per day.

— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) April 16, 2020

Meanwhile, across NY, 1.2 million people have filed unemployment claims over the past five weeks, said Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Across the country, a staggering 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits.

Iran reported its lowest number of new coronavirus deaths since March 13 on Thursday with 92 new deaths, bringing its total to 4,869, and 1,606 new cases, bringing its case total to 77,995.

In the UK, British Foreign Secretary and acting leader Dominic Raab extended the country’s near-total lockdown by “at least” three weeks, as was expected.

In Washington, President Trump tweeted more criticisms at Democrats for refusing to strike a deal on reloading the ‘PPP’.

Democrats are blocking additional funding for the popular Paycheck Protection Program. They are killing American small businesses. Stop playing politics Dems! Support Refilling PPP NOW – it is out of funds!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2020

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