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April 24, 2020, 8:59 PM

Discouraging results from a study into a possible coronavirus treatment and fresh data showing one in six American workers have lost their jobs tempered relief Friday over the passage by Congress of a nearly $500 billion spending package.

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Virus_Outbreak_Transit_48603 Customers wear personal protective equipment while riding an MTA bus as it operates without fees, Friday, April 24, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York.

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APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_France_52368 A man wears a mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as he walks along the Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Friday, April 24, 2020. France continues to be under an extended stay-at-home order until May 11 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AP Photo/Michel Euler

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Japan_Daily_Life_28952 Staff of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government urge people to go home from the Kabukicho entertainment district in the Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo, Friday evening, April 24, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread.

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Hong_Kong_Exams_83342 In this Monday, March 9, 2020, photo, students wearing masks to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus, participate in the visual arts mock exam for Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) at the CCC Ming Kei College in Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s university entrance examinations have started with social-distancing measures. More than 52,000 students are expected to sit for the city’s Diploma of Secondary Education exams over the next month.

AP Photo/Kin Cheung

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Netherlands_97950 Pitrik van der Lubbe waves from a crane to his 88-year-old father Henk, right, whom he has not seen in over 4 weeks at nursing home Hanepraij in Gouda, Netherlands, Friday, April 24, 2020. The crane was made available for free by a company to allow family members to see their loved ones in isolation because of the coronavirus.

AP Photo/Peter Dejong

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_China_04200 People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they walk through an outdoor shopping area in Beijing, Friday, April 24, 2020. China reported no new virus deaths for the ninth straight day, and just six new cases on Friday.

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Virus_Outbreak_Germany_17616 A staff member of the local health authority supports a woman using a new coronavirus test kit at a new drive-in testing center in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 24, 2020.

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Virus_Outbreak_Transit_05015 A customer wears personal protective equipment while riding an MTA bus as it operates without fees, Friday, April 24, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York.

AP Photo/John Minchillo

Virus_Outbreak_Mideast_Israel_38747 Ultra-Orthodox Jews keep social distancing during a morning prayer next to their houses as synagogues are closed following the government’s measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, Israel, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Oded Balilty

Virus_Outbreak_Spain_80579 In this photo taken on Thursday April 23, 2020, two women in traditional dress dance by the entrance of their decorated house in the village of Mairena del Alcor, some 21 kilometres (13 miles) from Seville, Spain, during the annual traditional April Fair celebrated across the southern Andulacia Provence. Without breaking the confinement rules and maintaining their distance from each other, the residents of the village have found a novel way of continuing the tradition of the fair which has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak and normally includes flamenco dancing, bullfighting, eating and drinking.

AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti

Virus_Outbreak_France_12770 People going to work some wear masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride a subway early morning in Paris,Friday, April 24, 2020. France continues to be under an extended stay-at-home order until May 11 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AP Photo/Michel Euler

Virus_Outbreak_France_39596 A client leaves a bookstore after collecting her order in Lille, northern France, Friday April 24, 2020. French bookstores, which saw sales plunge in the first month of confinement due ti the coronavirus outbreak, have won permission to open pick-up windows for customers to fetch books they’ve ordered online or by phone. The culture minister said book customers can check the box for “purchases of primary necessity” when they fill out the form that all French residents must carry whenever they leave the house explaining why they’re not in confinement.

AP Photo/Michel Spingler

Virus_Outbreak_Peru_05524 Neighbors receive a free lunch in a soup kitchen organized by neighbors and financed by the local government, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Thursday, April 23, 2020.

AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Virus_Outbreak_Germany_96674 The initiative ‘Empty Chairs’ have set up almost 800 chairs in front of the Brandenburg Gate to point out the difficult situation of their industry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 24, 2020. The federal and state governments have decided to relax a number of coronavirus related restrictions in Germany but restaurants and pubs must remain closed.

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Virus_Outbreak_New_York_66476 A man walks down the stairs in a quiet 61st Street–Woodside subway station in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday night, April 23, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. More evidence is emerging that far more New Yorkers have had the coronavirus than the number confirmed by lab tests, officials said Thursday, offering insight that could help authorities decide how and how quickly to let people stop isolating from friends and return to work.

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Virus_Outbreak_Italy_03265 A worker sprays disinfectant onto a drain, in a private neighborhood, in Rome, Friday, April 24, 2020. As Italy prepares for a partial reopening after the long lockdown, coronavirus remains a preoccupation for the Country that paid the second highest toll of victims to the COVID-19 infection.

AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

Virus_Outbreak_France_92114 Nader Hakimi, 84, wears a mask and gloves to protect against the spread of the coronavirus exercises next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Friday, April 24, 2020. France continues to be under an extended stay-at-home order until May 11 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AP Photo/Michel Euler

Virus_Outbreak_France_69183 A man jogs along the seine river next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Friday, April 24, 2020. France continues to be under an extended stay-at-home order until May 11 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AP Photo/Michel Euler

Virus_Outbreak_France_28527 People wear masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus take a selfie at Tocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Friday, April 24, 2020. France continues to be under an extended stay-at-home order until May 11 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AP Photo/Michel Euler

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Georgia_34757 Barber and owner of Chris Edwards, left, wears a mask and cuts the hair of customer at Peachtree Battle Barber Shop in Atlanta on Friday, April 24, 2020. The first phase of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to reopen Georgia during the coronavirus pandemic included haircut shops and gyms, though not all chose to open their doors.

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Virus_Outbreak_Oklahoma_33930 Lexie Sanchez works on Sam Hidalgo’s hair inside Azalon Hair Studio and Boutique in Yukon, Okla., Friday, April 24, 2020. The shop was among several allowed to reopen in a loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions.

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Virus_Outbreak_Alaska_38571 This photo from KTVF-TV sows a couple picking out their wedding bands at Bishops Jewelry Gallery in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Friday, April 22, 2020. Alaska businesses slowly began reopening Friday in an effort to restart the state’s economy. The state’s largest city, Anchorage, will allow businesses to reopen beginning Monday.

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Virus_Outbreak_Peru_97206 A medical worker wearing protective gear stands at the emergency entrance where people are lining up to be tested for COVID-19, at the Almenara Hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Martin Mejia

Virus_Outbreak_France_68293 Farmer Pierre Rigault loads vegetables boxes prior to prepare vegetables and fruits baskets, in Groslay, north of Paris, during nationwide confinement measures to counter the Covid-19, Friday, April 24, 2020. Since the ban on open-air markets, fruits and vegetables producers have been promoting direct sales to consumers and have seen a rise in activity since a March 17 confinement in France to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Virus_Outbreak_Argentina_20216 Police guard a train station during a government-ordered lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

Virus_Outbreak_Argentina_85600 Rioting inmates stand on the rooftop of the Villa Devoto prison as they protest against authorities who they say are not doing enough to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

Virus_Outbreak_France_Ramadan_67704 Abderrahmane Ghoul, imam of the Tahara Mosque broadcasts via radio the Friday prayer to confined worshippers at home during the coronavirus pandemic at a closed door service, in Marseille, southern France, Friday, April 24, 2020, during the first day of Ramadan. Millions of Muslims have started the holiest month on the Islamic calendar under the coronavirus lockdown or strict social restrictions.

AP Photo/Daniel Cole

Virus_Outbreak_Germany_Climate_Protests_41299 An activist from Fridays for Future movement wears a mouth and nose guard with a Fridays for Future sticker on it during a protest at the town hall market in Hamburg , Germany, Friday, April 24, 2020. Because of the continuing spread of the coronavirus, the climate strike will be digitally distributed on the Internet.

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Virus_Outbreak_Bosnia_Ramadan_90005 An Islamic cleric attends prayers held without public in a mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Friday, April 24, 2020 during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Millions of Muslims have started the holiest month on the Islamic calendar under the coronavirus lockdown or strict social restrictions.

AP Photo/Kemal Softic

Virus_Outbreak_Germany_50557 Empty chairs stand in front of the town hall and surround the Jan Wellem monument during a protest from restaurant and bar owners in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, April 24, 2020. Due to the coronavirus bars and restaurants in Germany are still closed, with this campaign their owners protest against that shutdown.

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Virus_Outbreak_Germany_87378 The crew of the Airbus A340-600 of the airline “South African Airlines” pose after landing from Cape Town in their protective clothing against a coronavirus infection for a photo in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, April 24, 2020. It was the last return flight of the German government for the time being.

Silas Stein/dpa via AP

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Spain_62120 In this photo taken on Thursday April 23, 2020, women in traditional dress dance on their decorated balcony in the village of Mairena del Alcor, some 21 kilometres (13 miles) from Seville during the annual traditional April Fair celebrated across the southern Andulacia Provence. Without breaking the confinement rules, the residents of the village have found a novel way of continuing the tradition of the fair which has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak and normally includes flamenco dancing, bullfighting, eating and drinking.

AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti

Virus_Outbreak_Japan_Daily_Life_56496 A man wearing a mask to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus walks through a corridor in Tokyo, Friday, April 24, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread.

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Virus_Outbreak_Texas_19063 Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Joe Farley, front, wears a mask as he gets a haircut from Kim at the just reopened Salon A la Mode in Dallas, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/LM Otero

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Spain_45023 A healthcare worker looks on in one of the intensive care units where coronavirus patients are treated at the Ramon y Cajal hospital in Madrid, Spain, Spain, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

Virus_Outbreak_Malaria_94688 FILE – In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, residents of the Malawi village of Tomali wait to have their young children become test subjects for the world’s first vaccine against malaria in a pilot program. The World Health Organization is now warning that the battle against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, where it routinely kills hundreds of thousands a year, could be set back 20 years as countries focus almost all their energy and resources on containing the coronavirus outbreak. “We must not turn back the clock,” Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said Thursday, April 23, 2020.

AP Photo/Jerome Delay, file

Virus_Outbreak_Belgium_07210 Mourners carry the coffin of a Guinean man, who died of COVID-19 and who the family did not wish to identify by name, during a funeral at the cemetery of Evere, Belgium, Friday, April 24, 2020. Shops and restaurants in Belgium remain closed and weddings and funerals are limited in number during a partial lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Virus_Outbreak_Japan_Daily_Life_55925 A man wearing a mask to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus walks though the bar alleys in the Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo Friday evening, April 24, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread.

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Rhode_Island_Daily_Life_22815 Mason Lambert, 5, looks up at the rain as he leaves the house with his grandmother Karen Lambert, in car at left, and mother Emilie Lambert, right, for his daily outing to one of the few public parking areas still open by the sea during the coronavirus shutdown, Friday, April 24, 2020, in Narragansett, R.I.

AP Photo/David Goldman

Virus_Outbreak_Turkey_Ramadan_64452 Esat Sahin, Imam of the iconic Fatih Mosque, holds a prayer held without public due to the coronavirus restrictions in Istanbul, Friday, April 24, 2020, during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Millions of Muslims have started the holiest month on the Islamic calendar under the coronavirus lockdown or strict social restrictions, deepening their anxiety over the disease. Turkey has banned communal eating during Ramadan for breaking people’s fasting in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.

AP Photo/Emrah Gurel

AP_Poll_Virus_Outbreak_Economy_81188 FILE – In this April 15, 2020, file photo a man wears a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus at Union Station in Washington. A quarter of Americans say their household suffered a job loss from the coronavirus outbreak, but a majority still feel positive about their personal finances, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File

Virus_Outbreak_South_Africa_15580 A general view of the COVID-19 treatment facilities at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, April 24, 2020. South Africa will began a phased easing of its strict lockdown measures on May 1, although its confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase.

AP Photo/Jerome Delay

Virus_Outbreak_China_99308 People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they walk through an outdoor shopping area in Beijing, Friday, April 24, 2020. China reported no new virus deaths for the ninth straight day, and just six new cases on Friday.

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Virus_Outbreak_Netherlands_95056 A construction worker passes a mural by artist Casper Cruse, showing a woman with a face mask holding a heart in the colors of the dutch flag as a statement of support for those suffering from the effects of the coronavirus, in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Virus_Outbreak_Texas_40020 In this Wednesday, April 22, 2020, photo, Edinburg firefighter Homer Garza carries a U.S. flag as Edinburg first responders gather in support of medical staff and their patients at Edinburg Regional Medical Center in Edinburg, Texas.

Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP

Virus_Outbreak_Uruguay_79025 A child wearing a mask to prevent the spread of new coronavirus is pushed in a swing by a woman in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, April 23, 2020.

AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico

Virus_Outbreak_Missing_Lawmakers_54438 FILE-In this Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 file photo, Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, makes a point while discussing a bill during the legislative session in Frankfort, Ky. At age 74 with diabetes and high-blood pressure, Neal was at high risk of developing life-threatening problems were he to contact the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File

Virus_Outbreak_Indonesia_73865 Indonesian police check a car passenger at a checkpoint during the imposition of large-scale restriction to curb the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak on a toll road in Cikarang, West Java, Indonesia, Friday, April 24, 2020. Indonesia is suspending passenger flights and rail service as it restricts people in the world’s most populous Muslim nation from traveling to their hometowns during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan because of the coronavirus outbreak.

AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim

Virus_Outbreak_New_York_26250 A man walks out of a subway station in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday night, April 23, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. More evidence is emerging that far more New Yorkers have had the coronavirus than the number confirmed by lab tests, officials said Thursday, offering insight that could help authorities decide how and how quickly to let people stop isolating from friends and return to work.

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Virus_Outbreak_New_York_85821 Two people cross the street on a quieter than usual Roosevelt Avenue in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday, April 23, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. More evidence is emerging that far more New Yorkers have had the coronavirus than the number confirmed by lab tests, officials said Thursday, offering insight that could help authorities decide how and how quickly to let people stop isolating from friends and return to work.

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Virus_Outbreak_New_York_10240 A man walks past an open Kennedy Fried Chicken restaurant in the Queens borough of New York, Thursday night, April 23, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. More evidence is emerging that far more New Yorkers have had the coronavirus than the number confirmed by lab tests, officials said Thursday, offering insight that could help authorities decide how and how quickly to let people stop isolating from friends and return to work.

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Virus_Outbreak_South_Korea_Daily_Life_55038 A buddhist believer wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus hangs a paper note wishing to overcome the COVID-19 outbreak at the Chogyesa temple in South Korea, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Virus_Outbreak_South_Korea_Daily_Life_42492 Children wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus watch soap bubbles fly at the Chogyesa temple in South Korea, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Virus_Outbreak_Scramble_for_Gear_35006 FILE – In this March 20, 2020, file photo, a boda-boda, or motorcycle taxi, driver wears a makeshift mask made from a local fabric known as Kitenge as he looks for customers in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. As Africa braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, its countries are far behind in the global race for medical equipment. Outbid or outmaneuvered by richer nations, jolting African officials to scramble for solutions and join forces, creating a pooled purchasing platform under the African Union to improve their negotiating power.

AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi, File

Virus_Outbreak_Texas_46745 Manicurist Rhonda Simpson, left, polishes nails for her customer Faith at the reopened Salon A la Mode in Dallas, Friday, April 24, 2020. The salon installed a barrier between the two to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

AP Photo/LM Otero

Virus_Outbreak_Oklahoma_44106 Lonnie Sullivan covers his face with a mask while getting a haircut at The Barber Shop in Broken Arrow, Okla., on Friday, April 24, 2020. The shop was among several allowed to reopen in a loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions.

Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Peru_42706 A woman wearing a face mask, plastic gloves, and a blanket waits to be tested for COVID-19 outside the emergency door at Almenara Hospital in Lima, Peru, Friday, April 24, 2020.

AP Photo/Martin Mejia

Virus_Outbreak_Oklahoma_72865 Emmy Homer, right, gets a pedicure from Thuy Ho at BA Nail & Spa in Broken Arrow, Okla., on Friday, April 24, 2020. The shop was among several allowed to reopen in a loosening of coronavirus-related restrictions.

Matt Barnard/Tulsa World via AP

APTOPIX_Virus_Outbreak_Spain_34209 A woman walks past a man begging for alms in a street in downtown Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 24, 2020, as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues.

AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Even as the confirmed U.S. death toll from the coronavirus soared past 50,000, Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska began loosening lockdown orders Friday on their pandemic-wounded businesses, despite warnings from health experts that the gradual steps toward normalcy might be happening too soon.

Republican governors in Georgia and Oklahoma allowed salons, spas and barbershops to reopen, while Alaska opened the way for restaurants to resume dine-in service and retail shops and other businesses to open their doors, all with limitations. Some Alaska municipalities chose to maintain stricter rules.

Though limited in scope, and subject to social-distancing restrictions, the reopenings marked a symbolic milestone in the debate raging in the United States — and the world — as to how quickly political leaders should lift economically damaging lockdown orders.

Similar scenarios have been playing out worldwide and will soon proliferate in the U.S. as other governors wrestle with conflicting priorities. Their economies have been battered by weeks of quarantine-fueled job losses and soaring unemployment claims, yet health officials warn that lifting stay-at-home orders now could spark a resurgence of COVID-19.

During a White House press briefing Friday, President Donald Trump spoke optimistically of the economy but also asked people to continue social distancing and using face coverings.

The coronavirus has killed more than 190,000 people worldwide, including — as of Friday — more than 50,000 in the United States, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins University from government figures. The actual death toll is believed to be far higher.

In Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt authorized personal-care businesses to open, citing a decline in the number of people being hospitalized for COVID-19. Those businesses were directed to maintain social distancing, require masks and frequently sanitize equipment. Still, some of the state’s largest cities, including Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, were opting to keep their bans in place until at least the end of April.

Amy Pembrook and her husband, Mike, reopened their hair salon in the northwest Oklahoma town of Fairview after it had been shuttered for about a month.

“We’re super excited about going back, but we have caught a little flak from people who say it’s too early,” Amy Pembrook said. “We just said we can live in fear for a long time or we can trust that everything is going to be OK.”

With deaths and infections still rising in Georgia, many business owners planned to stay closed despite Gov. Brian Kemp’s assurance that hospital visits and new cases have leveled off enough for barbers, tattoo artists, massage therapists and personal trainers to return to work with restrictions.

Kemp’s timeline to restart the economy proved too ambitious even for Trump, who said he disagrees with the fellow Republican’s plan.

On Friday, Trump signed a $484 billion bill to aid employers and hospitals under stress from the pandemic — the latest federal effort to help keep afloat businesses that have had to close or scale down. Over the past five weeks, roughly 26 million people have filed for jobless aid, or about 1 in 6 U.S. workers.

Without a tried-and-tested action plan for how to pull countries out of coronavirus lockdown, the world is seeing a patchwork of approaches. Schools reopen in one country, stay closed in others; face masks are mandatory in some places, a recommendation elsewhere.

In Georgia, David Huynh had 60 clients booked for appointments at his nail salon in Savannah, but a clothing store, jewelry shop and chocolatier that share a street corner with his downtown business, Envy Nail Bar, remained closed.

“The phone’s been … ringing off the hook,” Huynh said. “We’ve probably gotten hundreds of calls in the last hour.”

Four women clutching face masks were waiting outside when the salon opened for the first time since March 26.

“Yes, I am ready to get my nails fixed,” said Alina Davis, a police officer for the local school system, who kept working throughout the crisis.

Meanwhile, Nikki Thomas is overdue for a visit to her hair stylist, but she’s barely ventured outside her house in the six weeks since she’s been working from home. She had no plans to change that now just because of Kemp’s decision.

“It’s obviously extremely stupid and I’m simultaneously exhausted and so angry I can barely see straight,” Thomas, 40, said in a phone interview.

The gradual reopenings come as coronavirus testing continues to lag across the United States. To date, according to data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project, just under 4.7 million people have been tested in the country of 330 million people.

A lack of tests and supplies has hampered the U.S. effort from the beginning. About 193,000 people were tested on Thursday. That’s an increase from the two-week daily average of 163,000, but far less than what public health experts estimate is needed to get a handle on the virus. Researchers at Harvard University have estimated a minimum of 500,000 daily tests are needed, and possibly much more, in order to safely reopen the economy.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said his administration plans to let pharmacists administer virus tests to reach a broader range of people, including those with no symptoms who believe they may have been exposed.

In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15, while lifting restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in outdoor activities such as golf and motorized boating.

Michigan has nearly 3,000 deaths related to COVID-19, behind only New York and New Jersey. New York reported its lowest number of daily COVID-19 deaths in weeks on Friday. The state recorded 422 deaths as of the day before — the fewest since March 31, when it recorded 391 deaths. More than 16,000 people have died in the state from the outbreak.

In Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock extended the city’s stay-at-home order and nonessential business closures through May 8 just as Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a fellow Democrat, prepared to relax some statewide restrictions next week.

In France, the government is leaving families to decide whether to keep children at home or send them back to class when the nationwide lockdown, in place since March 17, starts to be lifted on May 11.

In Spain, parents face a similarly knotty decision: whether to let kids get their first fresh air in weeks when the country starts Sunday to ease the total ban on letting them outside.

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This story has been edited to correct the time element and the spelling of flak.

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Crary reported from New York. Associated Press reporters from around the world contributed.

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