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    Coronavirus: New York opening; New Zealand’s Ardrern says no new cases

    New York City, which became the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States is getting back to business. Tentatively.

    Plenty of restrictions are still in place, but doors are slowly starting to reopen. Subway schedules flipped back to normal on Monday.

    It’s been an extremely tough few months for New Yorkers sheltering in place amid the coronavirus. Not only that, but large protests following the death of George Floyd rocked the streets as demonstrators expressed their frustration with systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. 

    New York City has reported almost 207,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. The number of confirmed cases in the United States is nearing 2 million.

    🚨 On May 27, America reached the grim milestone of the coronavirus claiming the lives of 100,000 people in the U.S. Over the weekend – less than two weeks later – 10,000 more dead were added to the list. 

    What’s in the news

    • Congress and coronavirus: What the record shows the House and Senate were doing. – The Hill 
    • 👏 New Zealand:  The country appears to have defeated the coronavirus – at least for now. – Associated Press (Jacinda Ardern danced for joy – Reuters)
    • Michigan poll: Residents fear a second wave of the virus and support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s measured approach to restarting the economy. – Detroit Free Press

    What we’re reading

    From USA TODAY’s Opinion section: I’m staying home, being cautious and feeling judged by friends.

    Plasma therapy. What is it? How does it work? Some more details on the less-than-glamorous type of treatment. 

    Struggling with unemployment checks? This reporter got over-paid. Here’s how she sent the money back.

    As for Cristobal: Our Doyle Rice wrote about how hurricane season and the pandemic could be “cataclysmic.” (The storm, btw, is now a tropical depression.)

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