President Trump has lent his unreserved support to protesters who want the lockdown ban lifted even as the coronavirus deaths past 150,000 globally with nearly a quarter of them in the United States.
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There are countless evidence that social distancing successfully slowed the spread of the virus after more than half of humanity, about 4.5 billion people were forced to remain indoors observing lockdown.
Governments around the world are now grappling with when and how to ease lockdowns that have crippled the global economy, even as the COVID-19 death toll climbs further in hard-hit countries.
Demonstrators in three US states staged public rallies this week to demand an end to the restrictions, with the largest protest in Michigan attracting 3,000 people — some of whom were armed.
Trump has largely left decisions on easing lockdowns to state officials even as he laid out guidelines for a staged reopening of the national economy.
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But his call to “liberate” Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia in a series of tweets Friday were quickly rebuked by the Democratic leaders of all three states.
“I do not have time to involve myself in Twitter wars,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.