Meanwhile, Republican governors of Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee announced earlier Monday plans to ease restrictions. In Georgia, despite not hitting its reopening benchmarks, Gov. Brian Kemp said gyms and salons will be allowed to reopen Friday. Restaurants and theaters may reopen next Monday, Kemp said.
Here are some significant developments:
- Most Americans oppose protests calling for an end to stay-at-home orders, according to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll published Monday. The poll shows that 60 percent of Americans oppose the protesters while 22 percent support them and 18 percent were unsure.
- The federal government plans to ramp up operations again as states ease restrictions, which would steadily send a little over 2 million government employees back to the office.
- Oil prices dropped into negative territory because of the extraordinary decline in economic activity around the world. Because the world has a huge glut of oil, there’s hardly anywhere to put additional barrels and nobody is buying.
- Several European nations were preparing to reopen some businesses on Monday, amid mounting pressure to arrest rapidly declining economic output. German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged caution, warning about the threat of a relapse.
- The number of hospital admissions of people suspected of having coronavirus in New York dropped over the weekend. Maryland received 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said some statewide measures meant to enforce social distancing would roll back on May 8.
- The Trump administration and Congress is close to finalizing a deal that would inject roughly $300 billion into the small-business loan program that was overwhelmed with demand. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN she feels “optimistic and hopeful” that lawmakers will come to a conclusion Monday night. “We can’t go until we have the final agreement, but we’re close," she said.