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If Americans start an unusual weekend on Memorial Day, the flags will be halfway across the country for the victims of the virus. The number of deaths in the U.S. is expected to reach 100,000 early next week.

President Donald Trump said he ordered the flags to be lowered from Friday to Sunday, “in memory of the Americans we lost to the Corona Virus.” The flags will be half of the staff on Monday, “in honor of the men and women in our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” Trump tweeted.

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo relaxed restrictions on non-essential gatherings and allowed birthday parties, barbecues, and other gatherings as long as people practice social distancing.

But Department of Justice officials have warned Los Angeles and Illinois that if they are too restrictive, their locking orders may be illegal.

Americans who want to leave the house this weekend “can be outside” if they take reasonable precautions against social distance, advised the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, on Friday. “You can play golf. You can play tennis with marked balls. You can go to the beaches” while you are at least a meter apart, she said.

Trump played at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia on Saturday. The state’s golf courses remain open as part of the governor’s order to stay at home.

According to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard, approximately 96,300 people died from the virus in the United States, more than a quarter of the 340,000 deaths worldwide. There are more than 5.2 million confirmed cases worldwide, including 1.6 million in the United States alone.

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DOJ to LA, Illinois: Lock orders can be illegal if they are too restrictive

The Department of Justice warns state and local officials that instructions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus can be illegal if they become too stringent.

Deputy Attorney General Eric Dreiband said in a letter to Los Angeles officials on Friday that their recent comments that the order to stay at home could be extended “could be both arbitrary and illegal”. The Department of Justice also said that the governor of Illinois, J. B. Pritzker’s “extensive restrictions” raise constitutional concerns for the residents of his state.

Attorney General William Barr said last month that he had instructed the Attorney General to “look for state and local policies” that could violate constitutional rights.

“Simply put,” said Dreiband in his letter, “there is no pandemic exception to the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights.”

The letter was addressed to the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and the director of the Los Angeles Ministry of Health, Barbara Ferrer. She cited both comments on the possibility of long-term locks.

A district official later said that Ferrer’s comments were “taken out of context,” according to CBS Los Angeles. Garcetti also clarified his comments, saying he did not expect an extended ban.

New York allows recreational events for up to 10 people

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, New York will allow all gatherings of up to 10 people with appropriate social distance and mask wear.

Governor Andrew Cuomo enacted an implementing regulation to relax the ban on non-essential assemblies of any size, which entered into force on March 23, when the coronavirus was spreading rapidly in New York. His move followed a lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union against a previous order that allowed gatherings only for worship.

The decision allows New Yorkers to spend time together in parks, backyards, and beaches over the holiday weekend, as long as they keep their distance and adhere to the Department of Health’s cleaning and disinfection protocols. However, the beaches in New York City are closed for swimming.

– Jon Campbell and the Associated Press

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Hertz, billions of debts, files for bankruptcy

Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday and was unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has paralyzed global travel and the highly indebted 102-year-old car rental company.

The Estero, Florida-based lenders were unwilling to extend their auto lease debt further after Friday’s deadline, which triggered filing with the Delaware bankruptcy court in Delaware.

By the end of March, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. had raised $ 18.7 billion in debt, with only $ 1 billion available in cash.

As of mid-March, the company – whose rental car brands Dollar and Thrifty include – lost all revenue when the trip was canceled due to the novel corona virus, and started missing out on payments in April. Hertz was also plagued by management upheavals and appointed its fourth CEO in six years on May 18.

“No business is designed for zero sales,” former CEO Kathryn Marinello said at the conference call on May 12 earnings for the first quarter. “There is only so long, until the reserves of the companies carry them.”

– Associated Press

NBA legend and Georgetown trainer Pat Ewing hospitalized

The basketball coach and Hall of Fame player Patrick Ewing from Georgetown has tested positive for COVID-19, the school said on Friday evening.

Georgetown said in a press release that 57-year-old Ewing is isolated and being treated in a Washington hospital. He announced his diagnosis, “to emphasize that this virus can affect anyone,” said the school. He is the only member of the team that has tested positive.

As an eleven-time all-star player at the New York Knicks, Ewing switched to coaching in 2002 and worked as an assistant for several NBA teams before taking on the job as head coach at Georgetown before the 2017/18 season.

– Tom Schad

Nevada’s 28% unemployment rate is worst in the United States and in the history of the state

More than a quarter of Nevada’s workforce is out of work as the state’s unemployment rate reached 28.2% in April – the highest in the United States and the worst in Nevada’s history. The previous unemployment record in Nevada was estimated at 25% during the Great Depression.

David Schmidt, chief economist at the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation in Nevada, said Nevada was particularly hard hit by corona virus shutdown because so many of its jobs are related to travel, tourism, and hospitality.

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Wearing a mask in public? The majority of Democrats, Republicans say they have

Despite high-profile incidents by Americans who refuse to wear face masks, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they have worn facewear due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

According to a survey by the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project, more than four in five Americans – 84% – said they wore a mask in public to limit the spread of the corona virus.

And while reopening economies and wearing masks has become a partisan topic of conversation, the vast majority of Democrats and Republicans have been wearing masks.

There is a small inequality between the age groups, with younger people wearing a mask less often in public. About three in four (78%) Americans ages 18 to 29 report wearing a mask, while 90% of Americans age 65 and over report this.

– Rebecca Morin

Donald Trump orders to lower the U.S. flags in honor of coronavirus victims

President Donald Trump said Thursday he would order U.S. flags to be lowered over federal buildings to honor those who died from the corona virus.

The order, which Trump said would last until Memorial Day weekend, comes as the nation approaches 100,000 deaths from the virus. Traditionally, flags are flying against half of the staff on Memorial Day to honor the nation’s fallen military personnel.

Trump’s decision came hours after the Congress Democrats sent a letter asking them to lower the flags when the death toll on coronavirus reaches 100,000.

– John Fritze and Nicholas Wu

CDC estimate: 35% of cases are asymptomatic

About a third of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in guidelines for math modelers and public health officials.

The “currently best estimate” is 35%, but the CDC says this could change as more data becomes available.

According to the CDC, the new coronavirus can be transmitted by people who have had no or no symptoms.

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