At least 21 states pause reopening or take new steps to limit the spread of COVID-19

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COVID closings after openings

Days after the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed concern about “significant increases” in coronavirus cases, the United States surpassed 50,000 daily cases twice this week, a new daily high.

That milestone was reached as governors and other state leaders grapple with plans to reopen their economies. Some are postponing further reopening while others are tightening rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Among the measures: shutting down high-capacity businesses such as bars and gyms, halting elective surgeries and requiring people to wear masks.

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