10 things you need to know today: April 18, 2020

Trump calls to 'liberate' states from coronavirus restrictions, Health experts: COVID-19 testing must double or triple before economy can reopen, and more

Protesters outside Michigan's statehouse.
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1. Trump calls to 'liberate' states from coronavirus restrictions

On Friday, Trump sent out repeated tweets calling to "liberate" some states, seemingly in support of protesters demanding their governors reopen businesses and restart the economy amid the novel COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. "Liberate Michigan!", "Liberate Minnesota!," and "Liberate Virginia, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!" Trump said in three separate Friday tweets. The tweets came just minutes after Fox News covered protests outside the Minnesota governor's office. Trump's tweets seem to support an immediate return to normalcy for those states, but a recent Pew Research study shows 66 percent of Americans say they're afraid state governments will lift COVID-19 restrictions too soon, as opposed to 32 percent that worry they won't be lifted soon enough. Many states, however, have cautiously begun to look at ways to eventually reopen their economies.

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