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Washington, Apr 17 (Canadian-Media): A day after new three-stage guidelines were laid out by U.S. President Donald Trump for a phased lifting of restrictions for stopping the coronavirus pandemic for states meant to revive the economy, the governors of Michigan, Florida and other states began to outline tentative steps on Friday to reopen their economies, media reports said.
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A joint task force that was formed by New York and six other Northeastern states due to their close links on trade and transportation extended coronavirus stay-at-home orders, on Thursday to May 15.
Andrew Cuomo, New York's governor said during a daily briefing that before any discussion of reopening the economy could occur, it was vital for testing to be ramped up.
Trump rebuked Cuomo and said it was up to the states to the states to proceed with testing.
Trump's plan to reopen the economy was criticized by Democrats such as Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi who said that it as coming too early in the ongoing battle against the virus.
The guidance "does nothing to make up for the president's failure to listen to the scientists and produce and distribute national rapid testing," Pelosi said.
Also on Friday permitted city events were cancelled through May by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, extending the cancellation by a month. He said he city has to set a "high bar" for restarting large group events.
A case-tracking tool maintained by Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University said that the U.S. has nearly 680,000 recorded coronavirus cases, with more than 34,000 deaths. More than 12,000 of the U.S. deaths have occurred in New York, according to the state health department.