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Live updates: States begin to lift coronavirus restrictions; Trump will temporarily suspend immigration as global infections near 2.5 million

President Trump said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States, citing “the attack from the Invisible Enemy” and “the need to protect” American jobs. Such a ban would be unprecedented in U.S. history.

Meanwhile, as some European and Asian nations loosen coronavirus lockdowns and gradually reopen businesses, the Republican governors of Georgia, Latest Washington News South Carolina and Tennessee said they will scale back restrictions in their states. The announcements came amid a deepening national debate over potentially exacerbating a public health crisis to revive the shattered economy.

Here are some significant developments:

The United States is nearing 800,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, with more than 42,000 deaths reported. This is a significant portion of the nearly 2.5 million infections and 170,000 covid-19 deaths that have been reported worldwide.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first coronavirus test that allows patients to collect nasal samples at home to mail in for testing.

Oil extended its slide a day after a historic collapse in U.S. crude sent prices below $0 per barrel; stock markets were down across the globe including on Wall Street, where the Dow plunged 500 points at the open.

Munich has canceled its famed Oktoberfest event that attracts some 6 million people, despite plans in Germany to gradually ease restrictions. Press Release Distribution Service The Spanish city of Pamplona also canceled its annual running of the bulls.

Trump will meet with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) at the White House on Tuesday. New York has been ravaged by the virus, and the two leaders have clashed over the government’s pandemic response.

Most Americans say it could be June or later before it will be safe for larger gatherings to take place again, according to a new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. Most rated Trump’s pandemic responsive negatively; governors received overwhelmingly positive marks.

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