Coronavirus live updates: Cuomo, Trump to meet at the White House; South Carolina to ease restrictions; immigration temporarily halted

Coronavirus live updates: Cuomo, Trump to meet at the White House; South Carolina to ease restrictions; immigration temporarily halted

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with President Trump Tuesday at the White House, a face-to-face encounter after some fiery exchanges over their respective handling of the coronavirus pandemic and how the nation should move forward.

Cuomo chastised the president for asking governors to take on challenges without federal resources. Trump responded by tweeting the governor "spend more time 'doing' and less time 'complaining.'"

Trump made more news late Monday, tweeting that he will temporarily suspend immigration to protect the jobs of Americans amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The U.S. coronavirus death toll surpassed 42,000; there are more than 787,000 confirmed cases, according to John Hopkins University data. The number of worldwide cases was nearing 2.5 million; there are more than 170,000 deaths.

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Trump says he will temporarily suspend immigration to 'protect jobs'

President Trump tweeted late Monday that he was temporarily suspending immigration to the U.S. The president cited the need to protect jobs in light of “the attack from the Invisible Enemy,” a reference to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” Trump tweeted.

President Trump said he would be enacting the change in policy by signing an executive order to shut down immigration. Over the past weeks of the crisis, which has seen many states shut down, the administration has made moves to clamp down on asylum seekers and immigrants seeking entry into the country.

Critics contend that Trump is using the crisis, which has killed more than 40,000 Americans and paralyzed the economy, to further his America First policies.

– Marco della Cava

Georgia, S.C. to gradually reopen

On Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina and Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia moved forward with separate measures that ease restrictions on the temporary closures of certain businesses in their states.

McMaster announced a plan called "Accelerate South Carolina" that will allow clothing, department, furniture, jewelry and sporting goods stores, as well as florists and flea markets to reopen at reduced capacity. The closure on beaches will be lifted, though it will be up to local officials to decide on the reopening of specific beaches.

The order will go into effect Tuesday and still encourages social distancing directives to be followed. Barbershops, beauty salons, bingo halls, gyms and nightclubs must remain closed for now.

Kemp said he was allowing certain businesses to reopen on Friday, including gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, barbers, cosmetologists and massage therapists. They must also adhere to social distancing measures.

Bars, nightclubs and entertainment operations will remain closed, but restaurants and theaters will be able to reopen April 27.

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Coronavirus has been here for 3 months. What now?

Three months ago Tuesday, the U.S. confirmed the nation's first case of what was then called the "novel" coronavirus – a Washington state man in his 30s who had recently returned from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a seemingly distant illness that had killed six people.

"What's transpired since then has really gone beyond what anyone could imagine," said Dr. Jay Cook, chief medical officer at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, which received the first patient. "And the story's still playing out." Read more.

– Grace Hauck

WHO chief warns 'worst is yet ahead of us'

The head of the World Health Organization warned that “the worst is yet ahead of us” in the coronavirus outbreak, a dire prediction coming as many countries and U.S. states are beginning to ease restrictive measures. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus didn’t detail his warning, but global health officials have previously warned that the coronavirus could prove brutal as it sweeps through Africa, where health systems are far less developed.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused WHO of failing to provide accurate, up-to-date information on the coronavirus outbreak and has frozen U.S. funding to the agency.

Stocks struggle as oil prices plunge

World share prices skidded Tuesday after the price of U.S. crude oil plunged below zero, with demand collapsing as the pandemic leaves factories, automobiles and airplanes idled. Wall Street looked set for losses, with the future contract for the S&P 500 down 0.6%, while the contract for the Dow industrials lost 1%.

Unconfirmed reports Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was in fragile condition after surgery added to the jitters. But South Korea’s government said Kim appeared to be handling state affairs as usual.

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California legislators demand more answers about spending on COVID-19 response

In a hearing that stretched more than four hours Monday, California’s Assembly Budget Committee held its first legislative oversight hearing on how Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to lead the state through the coronavirus pandemic — and how an estimated $7 billion in emergency expenses are being spent.

With the deadline to rework the state’s budget just weeks away, the 11 legislators spread across the committee room expressed frustration over how little information they have received so far.

"The emergency powers that were granted were with an understanding that this would be for a certain amount of discreet time,” said Assemblyman Phil Ting, a Democrat from San Francisco who chairs the Budget Committee. “It wasn't the sense that there was a blank check or we would just be notified after expenditures were already committed to.”

While most of the legislators took time to champion the governor’s quick actions to issue statewide social distancing orders and success at "flattening the curve" of California’s confirmed cases of the deadly COVID-19, they said they had largely been left out of key-decisions — and that often, they learned about statewide orders from the media or in real-time during Newsom’s daily updates.

– Gabrielle Canon

Deal near on money for small businesses, hospitals, testing

The White House and Congressional leaders were nearing a deal to replenish a program geared to keeping small businesses from shuttering and their employees from going on unemployment. The agreement would provide another $300 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which has burned through its initial $349 billion for loans to small businesses. The deal would also provide $75 billion to help overwhelmed hospitals and $25 billion to increase the capacity to test for the virus. But a number of disagreements remain over details, including how those funds will be divided and spent.

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Louisville Slugger furloughing employees due to coronavirus

Iconic baseball bat brand Louisville Slugger is hoping the coronavirus doesn’t strike it out. With the start of Major League Baseball on indefinite hold and no revenue coming in, fifth-generation company Hillerich & Bradsby has been forced to furlough 171 employees, which is most of its workforce. They will receive benefits and health insurance, but no pay. Those still employed got a 25% pay cut.

“We’re not doing any advertising. We’ve cut all our expenses we can. We’re just hoping we get back to normal before we run out of cash,” CEO John Hillerich IV told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

– Alfred Miller, Louisville Courier Journal

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/04/21/coronavirus-updates-state-lockdowns-trump-immigration-cuomo/5166319002/

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