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Tuesday Coronavirus Update: South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee Ease Restrictions

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It’s Tuesday April 21.

Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

Worldwide, there are nearly 2.5 million cases of the virus with over 171,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

There are over 787,000 cases of the virus in the United States, and--depending on whether or not you include the 4,500 in New York City who are believed to have died from the virus, but were never tested, the death toll stands anywhere from 37,000 to over 40,000.

New York has over 247,000 cases of the virus and over 14,000 deaths.

Spain has over 200,000 cases with 21,000 deaths.

President Trump announced via Twitter late last night that he would be signing an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration.

"In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy," Trump said referring to the coronavirus, "as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!"

However, the president has not yet offered specifics.

And the airlines have received $2.9 billion in aid according to the Treasury Department. The Treasury has said that assistance was handed out to two large airlines and over 50 smaller passenger carriers. Additional aid will be disbursed on a rolling basis.

And agreements were also reached with big airlines such as American, Delta, Southwest, United, and Spirit.

And, finally, some states are looking to ease lockdown restrictions even as cases across the U.S. near 800,000.

South Carolina will start to ease some restrictions starting Tuesday. Governor Henry McMaster said that some department stores and other previously nonessential retail would be allowed to open so long as they abide by social distancing guidelines. Beaches will also reopen to the public.

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia will allow residents to start getting tattoos, haircuts, mani-pedis and head to the gym starting Friday. Next Monday, Kemp has said that residents can go to restaurants and even the movies.

And Tennessee governor Bill Lee will allow his stay at home order to expire on April 30, meaning that businesses can once again reopen on May 1. 

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