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In a lengthy thread on Twitter, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that he was rolling back his state's reopening plans because of coronavirus cases in states other than New Jersey.

As testing has increased nationwide, a number of states have seen their total number of COVID-19 cases rise. However, the weekly death toll continues to decline, suggesting that either the disease is weakening, as some experts have suggested, or that the "spike" in cases does not indicate that the virus is actually spreading faster.

Either way, Murphy is not alone: even Republican governors like Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have rolled back some of the business reopenings in their states because of concerns about the number of new cases.

Murphy also complained that in some places where dining was allowed in New Jersey, people were not following the rules:

We’re also moved to pause indoor dining because of what we’ve seen in some establishments across the state. Overcr… — Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1593455770.0

Notably, he did not provide any evidence that these activities have increased the spread of coronavirus in his state, or increased the toll of people who have died or gotten seriously ill from the virus.

Murphy then did his best impersonation of a teacher explaining why he has to punish the entire class for the behavior of one student, except, of course, he did not seem to realize that he was talking to taxpayers who pay his salary.

The carelessness of one establishment can completely undo the good work of many others. We will not tolerate outl… — Governor Phil Murphy (@Governor Phil Murphy)1593455809.0

Furthermore, while Murphy sees a big problem with taxpayers eating peacefully at tables separated from each other, he did not see a problem with people packed closely together for the purpose of protesting the police.

In a statement earlier this month, Murphy said, "It's one thing to protest what day nail salons are opening and it's another to come out and peaceful protest about somebody who was murdered right before our eyes."

The coronavirus was not available for comment as to whether it cared about the reason people were gathering in large groups or not.

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Trump is "enabling the virus," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday took aim at President Trump, accusing the president of "enabling the virus" by making false and misleading statements about COVID-19 and its impact on the nation. The governor made the comments as a staggering 40 out of 50 states are seeing coronavirus infections on the rise. 

Calling the virus a "major" problem, Cuomo implored Mr. Trump  not to be a "co-conspirator" of COVID-19 by understating the severity of the pandemic.  "He's facilitating the virus," Cuomo said. "He's enabling the virus."

Mr. Trump has continued to downplay the danger of the coronavirus to infected people, as more and more become infected in the U.S.  In a speech on July 4, Mr. Trump declared that 99% of cases of COVID-19 are harmless. That flies in the face of science and of the reality captured by the U.S. death toll of about 130,000.

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On Saturday, Mr. Trump tweeted:  "Our tremendous Testing success gives the Fake News Media all they want, CASES. In the meantime, Deaths and the all important Mortality Rate goes down. ... Anybody need any Ventilators-?"

However, increased testing does not fully account for the rise in cases. People are also infecting each other more than before as distancing rules recede and "community spread" picks up. And as cases surge, so has demand for ventilators once again in parts of the U.S.

"He makes up facts," Cuomo said of the president. "He makes up science."

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While a majority of states are reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases, Cuomo on Monday touted New York's progress in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The governor said there were just nine lives lost overnight due to COVID-19.

Cuomo said the state's phased reopening approach has been working.

"We're actually down from where we were when we started reopening," he said. 

The governor said no decision has been made regarding school reopening in the fall. Cuomo has mandated that all school districts across the state come up with a fall plan.

"We're not going to say that children should go back to school until we know it's safe, right? We have some time, this is a very fluid situation. We'll get the data. We will make a decision. In the meantime, I'm telling all school districts to come up with a reopening plan. But we don't yet know if we are going to reopen," Cuomo said.

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