Michigan's stay-at-home order provokes protest

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During a Friday afternoon press conference, Whitmer said she hoped Trump's tweet wasn't encouraging more protests, and that anyone with a high profile should be assuring the public that Americans will get through the outbreak.

On Friday, Whitmer said she hoped to relax some restrictions on May 1, though she stressed data would drive decisions, as MI has the third-highest death rate due to the virus among U.S. states.

The state recently received additional ventilators from NY and California. "It's working. Saving lives", Governor Whitmer said during an update posted online by the Michigan State Police on Wednesday, April 15.

The head of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Thursday urged Whitmer to revise her stay-at-home order, which he called too restrictive.

"The protest - dubbed Operation Gridlock" and organised by a coalition of right-wing groups calling themselves "Michiganers Against Excessive Quarantine" - caused a massive traffic jam around the state capitol building. But the governor could veto the bills if and when they reach her desk. She said so Friday in a teleconference with a business group.

There are signals the rate of increase in new infections is slowing and Whitmer says that's good news. "Massive long-lasting damage is piling up day after day as many "experts" continue to get the virus analysis wrong", Ingraham said.

Later Friday morning, during a tele-townhall meeting with the Detroit Regional Chamber, Whitmer said any reopening of the economy would take place in phases. "And I will have more to share on that next week". Rich Studley said she should recognize some parts of the state were not as hard hit and could reopen sooner.

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Agarwal also said that the Core Strategy Group on COVID-19 was working on rapid and economical diagnostics as well as new drugs. According to BMC, after this the number of infected people in this slum area has increased to 55 and 7 have died.

"We'll never know the precise number of COVID-19 cases that come as a result of this gathering, but we know that there will be some", Whitmer said. That means knowing that our hospitals are not in surge mode, but they are capable of taking care of anyone who needs assistance at the hospital, and they have the PPE to do so safely. "It's disappointing to see people congregating without masks, and without practicing social distancing".

Whitmer has become one of the most infamous governors in the nation for the scope of the restrictions she has imposed, from ordering grocery stores to stop selling plants and seeds (even as lottery tickets remain available) to prohibiting travel between two private residences owned by the same individual.

"I think for the most part they are commensurate with, you know, what we're all thinking about".

"We have a unique crisis that is playing out here and we need a unique solution", Whitmer said.

"This looks like a lot of people, and it felt like a lot of people, but in the bigger scheme of things, MI is a state of 10 million people, the vast majority of whom are doing the right thing", she added. Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Utah are among the states that saw rallies in recent days as concerns mount over the economic fallout of the measures.

She is the target of at least two lawsuits claiming her order infringes constitutional rights.

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