Apr 16, 2020 - Health

31 days of coronavirus pain

Jobs created, BLS via FRED; Jobless claims: U.S. Employment and Training Administration via FRED; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The past month's twin tolls: More than 30,000 dead Americans and 22 million more losing their jobs.

Why it matters: The return to normal after the coronavirus lockdown is going to be slow and painful.

President Trump told governors this afternoon that he wants to begin to reopen the U.S. economy on May 1, Axios' Alayna Treene and Margaret Talev report.

  • He called on states with low coronavirus numbers to begin to reopen their economies on May 1, with the caveat that states should go at their own pace.
  • "You states with beautifully low numbers, let's get your states open and get back to work."
  • The White House distributed a document of guidelines for "Opening up America Again" that offers proposed phased reopenings in states or regions that meet certain "gating" criteria.

The big picture: Since President Trump announced the "15 Days to Slow the Spread" guidelines on March 16:

  • More than 600,000 Americans tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • More than 30,000 died, including more than 10,000 in New York alone.
  • More than 22 million filed for unemployment. The total increase in employment since the Great Recession is now gone.
  • More than 1 million small businesses were approved for loans from the stimulus bill. Many more were still awaiting approval when it was exhausted. We don't know how many will shutter for lack of loans or funds arriving too late.
  • Those who can't work from home are either out of work or forced to put their health on the line.

Between the lines: There is a big gap between what's being said on television vs. public opinion, if the latest Pew Research poll is even close.

  • 66% are concerned state governments will lift restrictions too quickly.
  • 73% say the worst is yet to come from the outbreak.
  • 65% say President Trump was too slow in taking big steps.

What's next: Some states are already extending their lockdowns, including New York, which will hunker down through May 15.

  • Meanwhile, a group of Midwestern states are the latest to announce a joint regional plan to reopen businesses.

The bottom line: No return to normal will be possible without getting this virus under control, which requires a testing capacity we've yet to establish.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 6,377,596 — Total deaths: 380,180 — Total recoveries — 2,728,363Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 1,831,806 — Total deaths: 106,180 — Total recoveries: 463,868 — Total tested: 17,757,838Map.
  3. 2020: N.C. governor says GOP should plan for a "scaled-down convention."
  4. Public health: Protests against police brutality threaten coronavirus response — Controlling the virus in nursing homes won't be easy.
  5. Business: More than 1 in 6 black workers lost jobs between February and April.
  6. Tech: Zoom revenues and profit soar as pandemic propels videoconferencing.

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Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day — prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: Protesters were still out en masse even as curfews set in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) slammed the New York Police Department late Tuesday following reports of police kettling in protesters on Manhattan Bridge.

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Election official at a polling place at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).