Which states could end their quarantine period in the US?
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is pressuring the states of the country to end the quarantine period and reopen the economy.
On 16 April, during president Donald Trump’s daily briefing, he said that the United States was ready to soon end its quarantine period and he wants to reopen the economy so people can go back to work. He already announced his three-phase plan to reopen the US amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump’s argument is that each state is different and those with fewer Covid-19 confirmed cases like Wyoming, Montana, Hawaii, North Dakota, Maine and West Virginia can end their quarantine period immediately. All those states combined have a total of 900 confirmed coronavirus cases.
Trump also said during his daily briefing that the governors of each state have the total authority to decide when to end their quarantine period depending on the impact the outbreak has caused to the people. Some states like Alabama, Idaho, Ohio, Texas, Florida and Michigan could end their quarantine period on 1 May, while Colorado plans to end it on 26 April and Oklahoma on 30 April.
Coronavirus in the US
As of 20 April, the United States has 770,076 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 71,489 have recovered and 41,316 have died. New York remains the epicentre of the outbreak, with a total of 247,215 confirmed cases, and that is why the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, has said he plans to end the quarantine period in mid-May.