Michigan Gov Lifts More Lockdown Restrictions, NJ Shuts Down Gym That Defiantly Reopened: Live Updates…(Massive System Attack This Morning!)

Thursday, May 21, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Thu, 05/21/2020


Puerto Rico allows barbershops, beauty salons to reopen
CDC changes guidance, says COVID doesn’t spread easily on surfaces
France reports 83 deaths
Michigan Gov signs order lifting more restrictions
NY reports just 105 deaths
Mexico reports biggest jump in deaths
African CDC says cases pass 95k
Russian deaths top 3k
WHO blames Russia, Brazil for global jump of 100k new cases for first time in weeks
NYPost pressures de Blasio to reopen NYC
MSM already blaming Trump for failing to stop ‘second wave’ of virus
Nigerian doctors in Lagos end day-long “Doctor’s strike” over police harassment
UK launches study into effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID prophylactic
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Update (1330ET): Puerto Rico is allowing barber shops and beauty salons to reopen by appointment only, thanks to an order signed by the governor.

Update (1245ET): UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said preliminary surveillance testing suggested that as many as 1/5th – or about 1.75 million – Londoners may have already caught the virus.

Meanwhile, the latest figures from the UK.

France reported 83 deaths on Thursday, compared with 110 yesterday.

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Update (1130ET): The CDC has released new guidelines claiming the virus doesn’t spread as easily on surfaces as previously believed, which is good news for gyms (like the one in New Jersey) hoping to reopen.

This follows several studies finding the virus doesn’t linger for more than a day on most surfaces and can be easily destroyed by soap or even friction.

Per Fox:

For those of you still wiping down groceries and other packages amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, breathe a sigh of relief: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says the novel virus “does not spread easily” from “touching surfaces or objects” — but experts warn that doesn’t mean it’s no longer necessary to take “practical and realistic” precautions in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Some greeted the news with anger.

But as the NYT’s Nick Kristof warned earlier in a surprisingly level-headed (for the most part) column in the Grey Lady, we must all “be humble” about the virus and these changing expectations, because our understanding of the virus is still extremely limited. Which is why, when critics of the president blame him and him alone for unleashing the wave of death and destruction, we can deduce that they’re doing so in bad faith.

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