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As California reports, the earliest corona virus outbreak started in a nail salon, and several states are taking steps to open similar personal care companies, part of the country’s ever-changing patchwork of social distance regulations.

These restrictions have led to skyrocketing unemployment as US job losses reached 20.5 million in April. But many Americans believe the health benefits are worth economic pain, a new survey says.

According to John Hopkins University’s data dashboard, there were more than 77,000 deaths and 1.28 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. early Saturday. The virus has killed more than 275,000 people worldwide and infected more than 3.9 million.

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Here are some of the key developments you should know today:

  • A group of Senate Democrats Legislation was released on Friday that would grant Americans monthly payments of $ 2,000 pending the end of the public health emergency. It is a proposal that is likely to face strong opposition from the White House and Congress Republicans.
  • Roy Horn of “Siegfried and Roy” died on Friday at the age of 75 from virus complications.
  • An assistant to Vice President Mike Pence, spokeswoman Katie Miller, tested positive for coronavirus. President Donald Trump’s staff are now tested daily after a valet who was in close proximity to the president also tested positive for the disease.

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State reopening: lifting restrictions on tourism hotspots

Denver will lift its residence restrictions this weekend. Ocean City, Maryland plans to reopen its boardwalk, inlet parking, and beaches to the general public. And in Nevada, restaurants, retail stores, barbershops, hair salons, and some brewpubs can resume operations on Saturday.

These are many of the steps that states have taken in recent days to remove restrictions on social distance.

In contrast, some states have said little about when the restrictions will be lifted. In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy has not publicly identified any important specific benchmarks that the state must meet to ease the restrictions.

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Roy Horn of ‘Siegfried and Roy’ dies of COVID-19

Roy Horn, half of the Las Vegas stage duo Siegfried & Roy, died on Friday of the consequences of the corona virus. He was 75 years old.

“Today the world has lost one of the greatest of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” said Siegfried Fischbacher in a statement. “From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I would change the world together. There could be no Siegfried without Roy and no Roy without Siegfried.

“Roy has been a fighter all his life, even in the past few days. I sincerely thank the team of doctors, nurses and Mountain View Hospital staff who heroically worked against this insidious virus that ultimately cost Roy his life. “

Roy Horn tested positive for the contagious respiratory disease at the end of April.

– Brett McGinness

Governor Gavin Newsom says the coronavirus outbreak in California started in the salon

The day he issued guidelines for parts of California to begin reopening, Governor Gavin Newsom also identified a nail salon as the source of the state’s coronavirus outbreak, one of the first in the nation to be affected.

Newsom announced details of district requirements to ease social distancing measures starting Friday, when clothing stores, florists, sports stores, and bookstores are among the retailers who can operate again, though through a roadside pick-up service.

When asked why companies that offer personal care services such as nail salons can’t be opened yet, Newsom said, “It all started in California, the first community distribution, in a nail salon. I just wanted to remind you, remind everyone. I’m very worried about that. “

He did not go into the time and place where the spread of the community began in the state.

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The U.S. is cutting funding for groups that test bat corona viruses in China

The head of a research group that examines bat-borne coronaviruses similar to the worldwide devastated strain of COVID-19 has warned that a decision by the U.S. government to cut funding for its organization threatens American public health.

The EcoHealth Alliance research grant was abruptly ended last month by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. government’s primary agency responsible for biomedical and public health research. Research by the EcoHealth Alliance in China focuses on identifying and warning of coronaviruses that are dangerous to human health.

“I’m really concerned about where we’re going,” said Peter Daszak, director of the New York-based organization, in a USA TODAY interview.

The National Institutes of Health confirmed that the $ 3.4 million EcoHealth Alliance grant, which was spread over six years, was canceled on April 24. However, no details were discussed about how the decision was made.

– Kim Hjelmgaard

Cincinnati’s newest city to close streets for outdoor dining

The city of Cincinnati will close portions of 25 streets to allow restaurants to expand their outdoor seating. This helps restaurants without terrace space to keep the tables apart for social distance – and to open them as early as possible.

Since March 21, restaurants and bars have been closed by order of the state to curb the spread of the novel corona virus. It made people unemployed and closed restaurants that chose not to turn into carryouts.

Tampa announced a similar plan on May 5th. And cities in San Mateo County, California temporarily restricted traffic in areas from the end of last month so people could get together safely.

In a similar move, Seattle said 20 miles of roads will be closed, while the state’s order to stay at home will be permanently closed to vehicles. The areas remain free for residents to exercise outside, and the construction of the bicycle infrastructure will accelerate in 2020, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced.

– Sharon Coolidge

11 Secret Service employees infected with coronavirus

It has been reported that at least 11 U.S. intelligence officials were infected with the corona virus, and about 60 other employees were in self-quarantine, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The person who is not authorized to comment publicly declined to break down the number of infections between civilians and agents. The locations of the sick employees were also not identified.

The service, which provides personal protection to the President, the Vice President, his families, and heads of state, employs 7,600 people, including more than 3,000 agents, who work in close proximity to those who protect them.

– Kevin Johnson and Michael Collins

Mike Pence employee tests positive for corona virus

An advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, spokeswoman Katie Miller, tested the White House positive for coronavirus. Pence traveled to Iowa to meet faith leaders to discuss the reopening of the service to the public, but his plane was delayed and some employees got out.

The news comes a day after the White House announced Thursday that a military servant by President Donald Trump had tested positive for the virus. Trump told reporters that his helpers will now be tested daily instead of weekly after the valet has tested positive for the disease.

– Michael Collins

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