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Most think restrictions “about right”

A NEW POLL says that most Americans feel that the restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic are “just about right.” (Shutterstock).

Despite protests that attracted considerable media attention, most Americans are not in a hurry to “open up the country” and drop restrictions inspired by the coronavirus.

THE CORONAVIRUS (Shutterstock).

That’s the conclusion from an Associated Press/NORC poll released on Wednesday. The survey of 1,057 adults showed that 61 percent of respondents felt that current restrictions were “just about right” and that 26 percent said they “didn’t go far enough.” Only 12 percent felt they went “too far.”

A majority of adults from both major parties supported the “just about right” position, with 62 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans agreeing.

One third of Democrats wanted more restrictions while 22 percent of Republicans wanted less.

Trump: Georgia going “too fast”

President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that Georgia governor Brian Kemp is moving too fast to reopen nonessential businesses. “It’s just too soon.”

Kemp is one of three Southern states that have declared the intent to relax restrictions on measures intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus by late April or early May, according to the Associated Press.

Kemp’s proposed changes drew attention from the White House and critics in his state because it would allow the re-opening of gyms, massage parlors, nail salons and barbershops, businesses that are considered to involve close contact with customers.

“Maybe wait a bit longer until to you get into a Phase Two,” said the president, citing the federal government’s guidelines that include sustained declines in new cases before moving to a more relaxed phase.

Kemp replied that he was going ahead with his plan, which he said would be augmented by an increase in testing for COVID-19.

U.S. borders are closed to migrants

An executive order temporarily closing United States borders to migrants was signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.

According to United Press International, the order will be in place for 60 days and is intended to protect the American job market. Over 22 million people have become unemployed as a result of the coronavirus and efforts to combat it.

The order will apply only to those seeking permanent residency. Exceptions will be made for medical and other “essential workers,” spouses and minor children of American citizens and some others.

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