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Several Philadelphia businesses swore they would

Several Philadelphia businesses swore they would stay shuttered for as long as necessary, even as some Pennsylvania liquor stores prepared to reopen for curbside service on Monday.

Protective masks emerged as political statements. The mayor of Philadelphia news pleaded for federal aid to help cities avoid mass layoffs.

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And, striking through the debate and discord like the voice of a stern parent, Harvard researchers announced that if a weary and frustrated United States hoped to safely reopen, it would need to roughly triple the daily number of coronavirus tests, from 150,000 to 500,000.


On a bright, windblown Sunday, disparate forces in the Philadelphia region and beyond argued for and against a speedy reopening, a development that health officials say would almost surely generate more sickness.

Some demanded a return to everyday life now, not next month or the month after that or someday, and plan to protest in Harrisburg on Monday, despite warnings from health experts. Masks? Strictly optional.


“I’m definitely not going to be out there shouting at people for not wearing masks,” said organizer Chris Dorr. “This is a free country, right?”

A Strath Haven High School Class 2020 portrait is shown on the front lawn of a home in Wallingford on Sunday. School official surprised seniors by announcing a possible graduation and prom combination event for the future, depending on progress fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

A Strath Haven High School Class 2020 portrait is shown on the front lawn of a home in Wallingford on Sunday. School official surprised seniors by announcing a possible graduation and prom combination event for the future, depending on progress fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, the numbers of infections and deaths continued to climb on Sunday. Across the United States, more than 759,000 have been sickened and nearly 41,000 died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Even the good news was somber. Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that New York state is “past the high point,” but pleaded with people to stay the course on safety and social distancing.


“This is only halftime,” he said. “We still have to make sure we keep the beast under control. ... Don't jeopardize what you’ve already accomplished."

He reported 507 new deaths, down from 540 on Saturday, which had been the lowest daily death count in more than two weeks.

At a moment when parents are burying their children, and nursing homes have become houses of fear and death, 500 fatalities could look like improvement.

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In New Jersey, 3,915 more people tested positive, for 85,301 total, and an additional 132 succumbed, raising the state death count to 4,202. Pennsylvania officials announced Sunday that 1,215 more people had become infected, for a total of 32,284, and 276 more died, increasing the state death toll to 1,112.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said elected leaders Press Release Distribution Service Philadelphia still are deciding on how and when to try to restart the economy in the Keystone State.

“It’s not going to be one grand reopening,” Levine said. “It’s going to be a very careful, progressive process.”

A state order for residents to wear cloth masks inside grocery stores was to take effect at 8 p.m. Sunday. Anyone entering without a mask will be asked to go home and get one, Levine said, and businesses could be warned if they fail on enforcement.

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