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Coronavirus spreads in US states that eased restrictions

Cases rise in South and Midwest as Trump and Republican governors push reopening

The situation has worsened in 24 U.S. states after they loosened restrictions.   © Reuters

NEW YORK/TOKYO -- All 50 states in the U.S. have now at least partially reopened their economies following weeks of social distancing. But with the easing of stay-at-home restrictions, more states are seeing new outbreaks.

The situation has worsened in 24 states after they loosened restrictions. The summer vacation season in the U.S. kicks off with Memorial Day on May 25. If the economy reopens too soon, the country runs the risk of a second wave of infections, which would force a return to strict social distancing.

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