Reopening struggle as world nears 6 million COVID cases

While every state continues to reopen, 14 of them have reported an increase in cases.
2:30 | 06/01/20

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Thank you, whit. All of this unrest and anger is, of course, playing out against a backdrop of an ongoing pandemic. This morning, the re-opening is moving ahead even as the world nears 6 million cases and 14 U.S. States report an increase in cases. ABC's Trevor Ault has the latest on all of this. Trevor, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. You know, it's a tumultuous time in this country to be sure and health officials are stressing even as America's focus shifts in other directions, the threat of this virus is still very real. And people heading out in public for any reason still have to be really careful. With the worldwide covid-19 case total expected to eclipse 6 million this weekend, the CDC issuing another grim prediction that the United States will pass 115,000 deaths by June 20th. The agency warning restless Americans that travel or camping may be especially dangerous and that staying home is the best way to protect yourself. The journey to this point has seemed very long. And unfortunately the journey is far from over. Reporter: Illinois now lifting its stay-at-home orders, suburban salons and retail stores re-opening and los Angeles county allowing all salons, barber shops and in-person dining to come back with safeguards. What would you like? Reporter: Washington, D.C. Restaurants are also returning. We're having across the street them bring the food from inside and everything and the drinks. Reporter: After the department of commerce said consumer spending nosedived 13.6% in April, the biggest drop ever recorded. We certainly will probably see some retailers not make it. Reporter: While every state continues to re-open, 14 of them and Puerto Rico are reporting an increase in cases including Alabama which had its highest caseload ever this week. After this memorial day pool party at the lake of the ozarks health officials have been notified that a boon county resident has tested positive for covid-19. Out in California stunning allegations against a Hollywood nursing home alleging they forged a death certificate to downplay the impact of the virus on their patients. But at least a few signs of hope as the world hunts for a cure, moderna has started phase two of its vaccine trial. One of the country's last hold-outs to start the re-opening process is, of course, right here in New York City and officials say they continue to see good progress in controlling the virus. The city is on track to start re-opening June 8th which is a week from Monday.

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