America’s slow road to reopening continued Monday as more than a dozen states eased strict lockdown measures on businesses and social activities put in place to curb the spread of the virulent coronavirus.
Several states believe they have “flattened the curve” of infections enough to phase their economies open after more than a month of shuttered stores, restaurants, and citizens hunkered down at home.
The moves come as the daily death toll across the U.S. dropped four days in a row for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted earlier this year. The 1,313 new deaths Sunday followed 1,426 deaths Saturday, 1,947 on Friday, and 2,029 on Thursday.
As of Monday morning, there are more than 1.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 67,000 deaths in the U.S.
States like Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee began to lift restrictions to varying degrees last month, while Texas and Illinois followed suit last week.