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In an address to the nation on Sunday evening, French President Emmanuel Macron applauded the country in the battle against coronavirus.
He announced a further easing of restrictions that were put in place to battle the spread of Covid-19. Macron said, “We can be proud of what has been done and of our country.” He said, "tens of thousands of lives have been saved by our choices, by our actions."
Macron said, starting Monday, mainland France will lift all restrictions previously applied to businesses and transport. “We must get our economy back on track whilst protecting the most vulnerable," Macron said.
Macron said France will follow the EU Commission recommendation of opening up borders on Monday.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced today 305 new Covid-19 cases and an additional 40 deaths in the state.
That is a decrease in the number of new cases and deaths in the state from the day before. On Saturday, Murphy tweeted that the state reported more than 500 new cases of coronavirus and more than 100 new deaths.
Here is what Murphy tweeted today:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “there is a very real possibility” that reopening would be rolled back if there are a high number of violations of the policy, tantamount to a high likelihood of the spread the virus.
He was asked specifically about Manhattan and Hamptons.
“If we have a high number of violations of the policy, which is tantamount to a high likelihood of the spread of the virus, and the local governments are not monitoring, policing, doing the compliance, yes there is a very real possibility that we would roll back the reopening in those areas. The only alternative would be to pause the entire reopening.”
He said the state is watching for a spike in numbers.
“Warning, enforce the law..” he said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today failure to wear a mask is “disrespectful to the healthcare workers and the essential workers who sacrificed themselves for 100 days — some of whom died and gave their life to crush this Covid virus."
"They gave their life. It is disrespectful not to have the courtesy, the decency to wear a mask.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they have received reports from across the state that there are large gatherings, social distancing is being violated, and people aren’t wearing masks. He said the state has received 25,000 complaints of businesses that are in violation of the reopening plan.
Manhattan and the Hamptons are “the leading areas in the state with violations," the governor said.
“We have never received more complaints in a shorter period of time," he added.
He continued: “What’s alarming about the 25,000 is the volume but it also shows how smart people and how offended people are that they are complaining."
He said this is particularly true at bars and restaurants. “This is a question of violating the law.”
Cuomo ran through the consequences to explain the gravity of the situation. A bar or restaurant can lose their liquor license for violating the rules, “that is a big deal,” he adds “we’re not kidding around.”
Inspectors and task force members are enforcing this, Cuomo said, adding he called a couple of bars and restaurants himself after he saw images from within.
“You’re playing with your license,” he said he told them.
An individual cannot violate the open container law as well, he added. “You cant stand on the sidewalk drinking a beer, you’re violating the open container law,”
He also advised local governments that failure to govern will result in closures.
Earlier he said “It is our behavior, nothing more nothing less,” that determines the future of reopening. “When all the numbers are good, those numbers can change in a week.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state reported 23 more deaths from Covid-19, the “lowest number ever.”
He explained that when the number gets this low it’s basically a question of how people are recording the cause of death across the nation because there may be situations where a person dies from multiple causes — Covid, cancer or heart disease, etc."
“We breathe a deep sigh of relief today,” Cuomo said, adding that the death count, among all the numbers, is the “one number we can’t fix.”
“On the numbers we are making really great progress” he added.
He called today, "another great day in terms of achievement by New Yorkers.”
Hospitalizations are at its lowest point since the “horrific” journey began, he said.
He added that Staten Island had an uptick in percentage of positive cases which he said could be an “aberration” but adds, “we’re watching it.”
The US Surgeon General on Sunday pushed back on the idea that face coverings infringe on freedoms – and said they’re important to slow the spread of coronavirus and reopen the economy.
“Some feel face coverings infringe on their freedom of choice — but if more wear them, we’ll have MORE freedom to go out,” Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said in a tweet today.
He said face coverings lead to less asymptomatic spread of the virus, which leads to more places opening sooner.
“Exercise and promote your freedom by choosing to wear a face covering!” Adams said in the tweet, which also included a photo of him in a mask.
What this is about: Public health officials have emphasized the importance of face coverings amid the country’s reopening, given that people without symptoms could unknowingly transmit Covid-19. The coverings are primarily to prevent people with the virus from infecting others.
Earlier guidance from US officials didn’t recommend widespread masking, but in April, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended face coverings for the general public in places where social distancing is difficult to maintain, like grocery stores.
At the time, CDC cited growing evidence that people could spread coronavirus without feeling sick.
Read Surgeon General Adams' tweet:
The UK reported 36 deaths due to Covid-19, the lowest daily coronavirus death toll since March, according to figures from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on Sunday.