Georgia Reopens Nonessential Businesses

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Georgia Reopens Nonessential Businesses

Quick Take

  • Clorox and Lysol issue warnings against ingesting cleaning products.
  • Georgia opens gyms, salons, and barbershops despite much criticism.
  • President Donald Trump signs a $484 billion relief package into law, toping a $3 trillion deficit.
  • The Navy recommends for the Defense Secretary to reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier.

There are now more than 925k confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and more than 52k Americans have died from the virus.

Clorox Warns Against Ingesting Bleach

Reckitt Benckiser, the British company that makes Lysol, has issued a statement in response to claims made by President Trump. In Thursday’s coronavirus press briefing, the president suggested for medical experts to study the possibility of injecting disinfectant into the body as a treatment for COVID-19.

The company stated, “As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).”  The Clorox Company also issued a statement saying that Bleach and other disinfectants are not suitable for consumption or injection under any circumstance. Dr. Calello, one of the authors of a report from the CDC, says there is no evidence to suggest that any disinfectant chemicals, tested on nonporous surfaces like countertops, can work inside the body to kill coronavirus.

Trump has since responded to the criticism, telling reporters that he was asking the question sarcastically just to see what would happen. However, coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx, took the question seriously during the briefing.

Gym, Barbers, And Salons Reopen In Georgia

Salons, barbershops, and many nonessential businesses have reopened across Georgia, despite much criticism from the president, public health experts, and some mayors in his state. Lines started forming around 7 a.m. and parking lots filled up across shopping centers.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is following through with easing restrictions and will allow dine-in restaurants to open on Monday. Georgia has recorded more than 22,000 cases and that at least 892 people have died from the virus with some parts of the state still seeing increasing numbers. Alaska and Oklahoma have also lifted some restrictions, allowing restaurants, retail stores, and personal care services to reopen. Alaska limited indoor restaurant seating to 25 percent of capacity, with tables being kept 10 feet apart.

Trumps Signs $484 Relief Bill

President Donald Trump has signed a $484 billion relief package that replenishes the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. The bill was passed unanimously in the Senate this week. The Congressional Budget Office expects the economy to shrink by 5.6 percent over the course of this year, ending 2020 with an unemployment rate of nearly 12 percent. The budget office also said it expects a historic drop in economic activity to be recorded this spring, but that recovery will begin to set in as social distancing measures are relaxed at the end of June.

By September of this year, the budget office expects the size of the national debt to exceed the annual output of the economy. Congress has so far approved more than $3 trillion in aid in response to the pandemic. More than 26 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last five weeks.

Navy Recommend Reinstating Roosevelt Captain

The Navy is recommending for the Defense Secretary to reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier after being fired for disseminating a warning about the spread of virus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper has asked for more time to consider whether he will sign off on the reinstatement of the captain.

After news of the Navy’s recommendation was reported, the Pentagon issued a statement saying that Esper had been briefed on the investigation but had not yet endorsed the Navy’s recommendations. The number of coronavirus cases aboard the Roosevelt has skyrocketed in recent days, with nearly 1,000 sailors testing positive. One sailor from the aircraft carrier has died from the virus.

NY Daily Deaths Drop To 422

And lastly, coronavirus deaths in New York are on a gradual descent as the state reported 422 new deaths in the last 24 hours, its lowest one-day figure since April 1st. The official death toll in New York State now stands at 16,162. The number of virus patients in hospitals has fallen by more than 3,000 since last Friday. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would direct the state Board of Election to send every voter a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot for the upcoming Jun. 23rd primary.