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Hours after more than 100 people in a single day died in the United States from the new coronavirus, President Trump said Monday that he plans to “reopen” the country and ease guidelines on social distancing, going against the advice of his own health experts.

His comments followed those of his surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, who delivered a chilling message Monday morning as the United States headed into another week of fighting the virus.

“I want America to understand — this week, it’s going to get bad,” Adams told NBC, adding that not everyone has been taking the proper precautions.

Trump said he wants to “reopen” the country for business in weeks, not months, and he claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the coronavirus pandemic.

“We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump told reporters at a press briefing, echoing a midnight Sunday tweet. “We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems.”

Trump acknowledged there were trade-offs, “there’s no question about that,” but claimed that, if closures stretch on for months, there would be “probably more death from that than anything that we’re talking about with respect to the virus.”

The number of dead in the United States approached 600 Monday, increasing more that 100 in a single day for the first time since the virus struck the United States. A week ago, the death toll was 70.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN on Monday morning that “In our public hospitals, our 11 public hospitals right now, this week, I can only guarantee you right now … that we get through this week with the equipment and supplies we have.”


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A Navy nurse, with more than three decades of service, is being called up again to serve her country in the fight against the new coronavirus. Lynne Blankenbeker of Concord, a former Republican state representative from the east side, will soon be heading off to work on one of the Navy’s floating hospitals.

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Robyn Macy and Andrew Berkovits planned to get married Saturday in front of 190 guests in Tarrytown, New York, to the soundtrack of a renowned 17-piece wedding band that has played for the likes of the Rockefellers and the Clintons.

Instead, the couple headed to their Astoria rooftop, exchanged their vows on a Post-It note and popped champagne before the audience of the lemon-hued sunset that grazed the tops of the Manhattan skyscrapers in the distance.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has issued a stay-at-home order across the Philadelphia region as the next step in the state’s effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

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NBC producers of “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” pulled off a three-show crossover to help combat a real-life pandemic by donating their medical-grade props.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke with President Donald Trump Sunday night, urging the nation’s leader to act before the strain of the coronavirus overwhelms New York City’s medical facilities.


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