U.S. urged to go slow on easing coronavirus lockdown, even as jobless claims surge

U.S. urged to go slow on easing coronavirus lockdown, even as jobless claims surge
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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The top U.S. infectious disease expert on Thursday warned against reopening the economy too soon in the face of improving data on the coronavirus outbreak but a third week of massive jobless claims underscored the huge economic cost to social distancing measures aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.

Several officials have hailed the apparent success of mitigation efforts shown in death projections that have been scaled down to 60,000 from more than 100,000, but Dr. Anthony Fauci said it was important that people continue to stay home.

“We’ve got to continue to redouble our efforts at the mitigation of physical separation in order to keep those numbers down and hopefully even get them lower than what you’ve heard recently,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CBS “This Morning.”

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