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Trump says states ought to reopen because the US corona virus outbreak reveals indicators of slowing

In Koreatown, people are wearing protective face masks as the city continues Phase 4 reopening after the spread of the coronavirus in New York on July 26, 2020.

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President Donald Trump said Monday that states should start reopening their businesses as the outbreak of the coronavirus shows signs of slowing down in parts of the United States.

"I really believe that many governors should open states that don't open," Trump said during the coronavirus briefing from the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, North Carolina. "We'll see what happens to them."

On Sunday, Arizona reported a 13% drop in the seven-day average of new Covid 19 cases, with 2,627 newly diagnosed cases in the last 24 hours, up from 3,022 a week earlier. This emerges from a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Cases in Texas have decreased nearly 19% since Sunday the previous week, while in Florida the curve of new cases has just flattened.

Trump has touted the new data at the press conference. "Over the weekend, the cases in Florida, Texas, and Arizona have stabilized and are now declining. In Arizona, they are going down and going down a lot," he said.

As the cases appear to be slowing, public health officials and infectious disease experts are warning that reopening companies too early could lead to the resurgence of new Covid 19 cases. At the beginning of the outbreak, US cases peaked at around 30,000 new cases per day before falling in mid-May and reaching a plateau with around 20,000 new cases per day. When some states reopened in late April to June, new cases increased and the United States now reported more than 60,000 new cases a day.

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