Some churches in U.S. states including Arizona and Illinois began reopening on Sunday, with limited capacity and social distancing measures implemented at the recommendation of federal health authorities.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Some governors have deemed liquor stores, abortion clinics as essential, but have left our churches and other houses of worship.
That's not right.
President Donald Trump on Friday urged U.S. states to allow the reopening this weekend of places of worship that have been closed due to the coronavirus, and warned he would override governors who do not do so.
Places of worship have been closed as part of stay-at-home orders most states have used to try to control the spread of the virus.
Some churchgoers in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday, felt elated at the partial reopening.
"There's nothing like gathering again and just seeing friends and family." Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, encouraged worshipers who are vulnerable not to go or to wait longer to attend services.
New CDC guidelines encourage worshipers to bow or wave instead of shaking hands, hugging or kissing.
But reopening churches in other countries has been a challenge.
In Germany, authorities are trying to trace everyone who attended a church service in Frankfurt this month after more than 100 people tested positive for the coronavirus.
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[NFA] Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator under President Donald Trump, told CBS's Face the Nation that Trump was given 'parallel data streams' from another source on the COVID-19 pandemic and that Trump presented graphs she never made. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
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The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that a recent decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling, a development she described as concerning while urging that restrictions to fight the virus remain in place. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Friday that a recent decline in COVID-19 cases may be stalling, a development she described as concerning while urging that restrictions to fight the virus remain in place.
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