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Georgia to reopen businesses Friday as U.S. deaths top 40,000

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Georgia to reopen businesses Friday as U.S. deaths top 40,000

The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. passed 40,000 late Sunday, according to NBC News’ tally, and there are nearly 760,000 confirmed cases as of Monday evening.While some governors pushed back on the Trump administration’s claims that states are conducting a “sufficient” level of coronavirus testing, other governors were eager to reopen businesses in their…

Georgia to reopen businesses Friday as U.S. deaths top 40,000

The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. passed 40,000 late Sunday, according to NBC News’ tally, and there are nearly 760,000 confirmed cases as of Monday evening.

While some governors pushed back on the Trump administration’s claims that states are conducting a “sufficient” level of coronavirus testing, other governors were eager to reopen businesses in their states regardless of testing levels.

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Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans to resume many businesses in Georgia this Friday, April 24, and Gov. Bill Lee said a “vast majority” of businesses in Tennessee would reopen by the end of next week.

Meanwhile, the federal agency that oversees nursing homes announced new transparency measures requiring the disclosure of coronavirus cases to patients’ families and public health officials.

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