But even if broad restrictions remain, testing by Americans may begin soon to identify those who have already been infected with the coronavirus and have recovered, allowing them to return to some of their usual activities, including work, the leading infectious disease specialist. from the government. said on Friday.
"Within a week or so, we will have a relatively large number of tests available," Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN.
He said federal officials are discussing the idea of "immunity certificates", which can be issued to people who have already been infected.
Fauci said on Friday that he assumed that whenever restrictions were lifted, there would be an increase in cases, which would increase the need to be able to identify them, isolate them and track possible contacts.
The death toll across the country reached 17,900 on Friday. There were almost half a million confirmed cases in the United States, three times more than any other country reported.
In New York, still the center of the US outbreak, 777 more people died, bringing the state's total to 7,844, announced Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. While the number of deaths was moderate, he said there were reasons for protected optimism, with fewer patients in intensive care units and the number of hospitalized patients remaining almost unchanged.
In Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat and minority leader, said on Friday that the Trump administration agreed to bipartisan negotiations with congressional leaders to break an impasse by providing a $ 250 billion federal infusion to replenish a loan program for small distressed people. Business.