As world leaders consider when to begin reopening schools and businesses, President Trump incorrectly claimed on Monday that he is the final arbiter on when the United States will loosen restrictions and restart the economy.
April 14, 2020 at 6:05 a.m. EDT
Trump’s comments came after governors on both coasts announced cooperative initiatives to lift restrictions regionally once the threat from the novel coronavirus outbreak has diminished.
Here are some significant developments:
- More than 2,100 U.S. cities are bracing for budget shortfalls, with many planning cuts and layoffs, according to a new survey.
- India extended the world’s largest lockdown until May 3, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi telling the nation that the measures were helping to save lives.
- In France, President Emmanuel Macron said a nationwide lockdown will remain in place until May 11, at which point restrictions will be partially lifted.
- Florida’s surgeon general said social distancing should continue until a vaccine has been developed, which could take a year or more.
- China reported 89 new cases, a slight drop, as the country continued to focus on restricting travel near the border with Russia.
- The Trump administration requested a delay of roughly three months on all U.S. census field operations. The administration also asked Congress to postpone the deadline for delivering key data that will affect redistricting.