Ten U.S. governors on the east coasts banded together Monday in two regional pacts to coordinate gradual economic reopenings as the coronavirus crisis lastly appeared to be ebbing.
Announcements from the New York-led group of Northeastern governors, and a similar compact formed by California, Oregon, and Washington state, came as President Trump declared any decision on resuming the U.S. economy was up to him.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated he was collaborating with five counterparts in adjacent New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island to devise one of the best strategies for alleviating stay-at-home directives placed last month to contain coronavirus transmissions.
The three Pacific Coast states declared they, too, planned to comply with a shared approach for lifting social-distancing measures; however, stated they “must see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening” can take place.
The 10 governors, all Democrats apart from Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, gave no timeline for ending social lockdowns that have idled the overwhelming majority of over 100 million residents in their states.
However, they stressed that decisions about when and how to reopen non-essential companies, along with faculties and universities, would put the health of residents first and rely on science reasonably than politics.
The announcements came as signs emerged that the crisis had peaked. No less than 1,500 new U.S. fatalities had been reported Monday, below last week’s running cunt of almost 2,000 deaths every 24 hours. Likewise, the number of additional confirmed instances counted Monday, about 23,000, was below last week’s trend of 30,000 to 50,000 new cases per day.