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Several governors have taken steps to gradually reopen their states, with Texas, Minnesota, Vermont and Montana on Friday announcing dates for easing certain restrictions. President Trump unveiled broad guidelines Thursday but left specific plans up to governors.

Meanwhile, President Trump seemingly took the side of protesters in Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia who are defying social distancing orders to rally against the states’ safety measures intended to stop the coronavirus spread. In back-to-back tweets, Trump wrote: “LIBERATE MINNESOTA” and then, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and then, “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”

Here are some significant developments:

  • Hundreds of nursing homes in areas with outbreaks have repeatedly violated infection control rules, a Washington Post analysis found. Of about 650 homes with publicly reported coronavirus cases, 40 percent have been cited more than once for violations related to infection control.
  • As officials weigh reopening the economy, experts still do not know how deadly covid-19 is. Without widespread testing, it remains nearly impossible to determine precisely the lethality of the virus.
  • The federal government will spend $19 billion on a financial relief program to aid U.S. farmers and ranchers struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump announced at Friday’s White House briefing.
  • Stocks gained for a second straight week on investor optimism over governments taking baby steps toward opening their economies and on early signs that science may be gaining on the coronavirus.
  • China’s gross domestic product shrank for the first time in decades as the coronavirus pandemic delivered a devastating blow to the world’s second-largest economy — a glimpse of what may be to come around the world.
  • The death toll in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China, was revised upward by 50 percent on Friday. The change followed widespread criticism of China’s data, although officials offered several reasons for the revision, including at-home deaths that were not included in earlier statistics.

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