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What Would It Take to Lift Coronavirus Restrictions? Experts Weigh In

Testing, tracking and finding out who’s already immune.

A pedestrian walks past a boarded up St. Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.

A pedestrian walks past a boarded up St. Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

U.S. coronavirus infections have passed 50,000. The death toll, while still well below the worst-hit countries, is expected to rise. Personal protective gear has run short at hospitals, and many patients with mild symptoms still can’t get tested.

The U.S. isn’t yet close to having its Covid-19 outbreak under control. But with markets in turmoil and jobs being lost across the country, President Donald Trump has begun laying the groundwork for state and local governments to lift personal restrictions and shutdowns of businesses that have devastated local economies.