“Our Country is starting to OPEN FOR BUSINESS again,” Trump had tweeted earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, Rick Bright, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which was involved in work on a coronavirus vaccine and treatments, said he was removed from his post for resisting efforts to promote hydroxychloroquine as a treatment.
Here are some significant developments:
- Trump signed an executive order restricting certain categories of immigrants from entering the United States, but the measures contain broad exceptions and are significantly more limited that the sweeping closure he described earlier in the week.
- As several states rush to reopen businesses, the sudden relaxation of restrictions will supply new targets for the coronavirus, according to experts, forecast models and the basic rules that govern infectious diseases.
- Scientists hypothesize that a mysterious blood-clotting complication could be responsible for some bizarre and sometimes fatal cases of covid-19. “While we understand that there is a clot, we don’t yet understand why there is a clot,” one physician said. “We don’t know. And therefore, we are scared.”
- A $484 billion deal to replenish a small-business loan program passed the Senate and is expected to be approved by the House on Thursday.
- More than 830,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the United States, with more than 47,000 reported deaths. Worldwide, more than 2.5 million infections and 175,000 deaths have been reported.