Government/Health

U.S. Surgeon General says some parts of U.S. could reopen by May 1

President Donald J. Trump answers reporters’ questions during the coronavirus update briefing Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

(USA Features) U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Friday that “some places” around the United States could begin relaxing social distancing and reopen after signs the coronavirus is waning have emerged.

“There are places around the country that have seen consistently low levels and as we ramp up testing and can feel more confident that these places actually can do surveillance and can do public health follow-up, some places will be able to think about opening on May 1,” Adams said.

“Most of the country will not, to be honest with you, but some will. That’s how we’ll reopen the country: place by place, bit by bit, based on the data,” said Adams during an interview on Fox News.

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top member of the White House coronavirus task force along with Adams, expressed caution about opening up during an appearance on CNN on Friday.



“We would want to see a clear indication that you were very, very clearly and strongly going in the right direction. Because the one thing you don’t want to do is you don’t want to get out there prematurely and you wind up back in the same situation,” he said.

Reports Friday suggested the president was working quietly behind the scenes to try to get portions of the country reopened by May 1.


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