All 50 US states starting to reopen amid positive news on vaccines

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Washington: The U.S. economy, frozen and enervated by Covid-19 shutdowns, is in the process of coming to life again. All 50 states have at least partially eased tight restrictions on businesses, with a mix of policies letting restaurants or stores welcome customers.

Just after midnight Wednesday, Connecticut became the final state to let businesses serve customers more directly than they have in weeks. The state is now allowing outdoor seating at restaurants, and non-essential retail stores and malls can also reopen.

The national shutdown began two months ago; since then, 36.5 million people have filed for unemployment, as state and local leaders weigh how to minimize the economic damage while also protecting lives.

Across the U.S., some cities and counties are keeping tight restrictions in place, with officials citing persistent levels of hospitalizations and/or new cases.

The U.S. continues to lead the world in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Five states – New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts and California – have each reported more coronavirus cases than Hubei province, China, the original epicenter of the outbreak.

In an encouraging news on vaccine for Covid-19, Moderna Inc, based in Cambridge, Mass,  announced positive interim clinical data of RNA-1273, its vaccine candidate against novel coronavirus from the Phase 1 study, as part of NIH initiative.  The drug successfully produced antibodies in human trials.

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