Shutdowns continue to be lifted across U.S.

    Washington, DC (ABC) - All 50 states are now in the process of reopening amid mounting fears of a second wave of coronavirus later this year.

    ABC News contributor and former Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert appeared on ABC's "This Week".

    He said returning to a stay-at-home order would not be a failure but rather a natural safeguard offered locally to prevent a larger shutdown order.

    "The idea now of getting out of that shelter in place restriction isn't to get out of it forever.  It is meant to relax it a little bit, to have the flexibility to return to them, as needed in a localized fashion."

    He said the local orders could prevent the repeat of a nationwide lockdown later this year.

    Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, said some of the increase in cases is due to more testing.

    "We are testing more in areas we know are the highest risk like nursing homes, workplaces, and places where people sleep and stay together."

    Dr. Birx said the need to remain socially distanced, to wash hands thoroughly, and to wear masks is as important as ever.

     

     

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