Half of the U.S. relaxes measures even though the virus remains aggressive

About half of the U.S. states have begun to significantly lift restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and some governors are facing protests for not accelerating that reopening any further.

U.S. President Donald Trump balances between defending the protesters – who are part of his voters – and establishing a safe de-escalation, without making the epidemic worse.

The acceleration of the return to normality contrasts with the new projections on the evolution of the epidemic in the United States, which worsen an already devastating scenario, with almost 1.2 million infections and almost 70,000 deaths. According to a document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. medical authority, the daily death toll will rise to 3,000 by early June, well above the 1,500 to 2,000 range it is now in. Infections will also soar, with nearly 200,000 new cases per day by the end of the month, compared to 25,000 per day at present.

The document was developed with the U.S. federal emergency agency. (FEMA) and was revealed by “The New York Times”. Shortly afterwards, a White House spokesman, Judd Deere, said that the document had not been “reviewed” or presented to the coronavirus task force – led by Vice President Mike Pence – and “does not reflect any of the models made or analyzed.

The new projections show once again the tension and uncertainty about how and when to lift restrictions in the country, a process in which Trump has taken an ambivalent stance.