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Georgia re-opens as the US nears a million coronavirus cases – BBC Newsnight

Some US states are beginning to end their lockdown orders, despite the US approaching one million coronavirus cases. Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F

At one point, 90% of the US population was under lockdown.

That is no longer the case as a number of US states begin to lift the severe restrictions on activity, though leaders warn social distancing measures will need to continue through the summer.

In Georgia, Republican Governor Brian Kemp has sought to lift some of the restrictions early – and received a public rebuke from President Trump who said he strongly disagreed with the decision.

Businesses will be opened on a limited basis and subject to restrictions, following guidance from state public health officials and local data.

With 26 million Americans seeking unemployment protection, and the country hitting 16% unemployment, the economic chaos prompted by the coronavirus response is too urgent to avoid for many regional leaders.

How do you balance a public health emergency with an economic crisis?

US Correspondent David Grossman reports

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