Trump shifts from raising alarms to reopening; Poll shows few Americans support easing restrictions

The Trump administration has embraced a tectonic shift in its message about the coronavirus after weeks of raising alarms about the dangers of exposure to the virus in their effort to persuade Americans to stay at home.

President Donald Trump is now aiming for a swift nationwide reopening, and with that comes the challenge of convincing an unnerved population it will be safe to resume their normal lives, reports Zeke Miller.

AP-NORC Poll: A survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Americans remain overwhelmingly in favor of stay-at-home orders and other efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. A majority say it won’t be safe to lift such restrictions anytime soon.

More from the AP U.S. team:

  • Drive-Thru Testing: Feeling sick and stressed, people in New York and New Jersey have continued to line up at drive-thru testing sites. They hope to get guidance about whether to seek treatment or reassurance that they aren’t infected, report Brian Mahoney and Seth Wenig.
  • Meat Processing Safety: Dozens of U.S. plants have been forced to close temporarily as the industry struggles to contain the spread of the virus among employees who often stand side-by-side while cutting and packaging beef, pork and poultry.
  • Lives Lost: Two brothers who journeyed from rural Mexico as teens and made lives in New Jersey died one day apart as grown men after falling ill with the virus. Now their families are working to send the bodies back to their village in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
  • One Good Thing: A Canadian woman went online last month and offered free tutoring. She now meets daily with children and teenagers via video conferencing to teach them about everything – from ancient mythology, Vikings and famous shipwrecks, to math, biology and the Latin root of medical words.
  • France eases nursing home visitation, exposes pain; Migrant workers in Gulf Arab states trapped

    ”We are in prison.”

    That plaintive description of life under lockdown in a French nursing home comes from an 80-year old mother during a half-hour visit from her daughter – the first allowed in six weeks. Social distancing is maintained and there are no hugs, much as they are needed.

    As France has started allowing limited visitation rights for the families of elderly residents, the visits are proving bittersweet for some. And they are shedding light on the immense emotional toll caused by locking down care homes. John Leicester has this exclusive story from Paris.

    Trapped Migrant Laborers: They have toiled long hours under the hot sun in oil-rich Gulf Arab states and have long been a lifeline for families back home. Now they are trapped by the virus. Migrant workers are losing jobs, running out of money and desperate to return to their home countries as COVID-19 stalks their labor camps, report Jon Gambrell and Aya Batrawy from Dubai.

    More from the AP Global team:

    • Leaving Wuhan: Getting into the Chinese city where the pandemic originated was the easy part as new infections had fallen to almost zero and travel restrictions were relaxed. As a 76-day lockdown neared its end, journalists were allowed to return. But getting out is proving harder, reports Sam McNeil now back in Beijing from Wuhan.
    • Germany’s Way: The country with Europe’s largest economy was derided by many economists for years for insisting on a balanced budget and maintaining a health care system seen as bloated and expensive. But with those tools, Germany found itself well equipped to weather the outbreak, unlike Italy or Spain. Chancellor Angela Merkel has pointed to South Korea as an example of how to get ahead by vigilantly testing and tracking cases. Dave Rising has that story from Berlin.
    • Nurse Jenny: Helping save somebody as notable as Boris Johnson from the coronavirus didn’t faze Jenny McGee from New Zealand who says that’s thanks to her years of dealing with stressful situations in intensive care wards.
    • Empty Playgrounds: This global photo gallery captures a sad reality in the time of the pandemic: Instead of joyful peals of laughter from children, one hears only the chirping of birds, or perhaps a lone car rumbling past on the street, as playgrounds across the world have fallen silent.

     

     

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