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America begins to unlock for summer – but is it inviting a disastrous second wave?

Monday is Memorial Day – the traditional start of the American summer. Shutters are going up, doors are being unlocked, barriers removed.

Every state is relaxing quarantine rules to some extent, betting that the country finally has Covid-19 under control.

There are signs that for some Americans quarantine fatigue is overcoming fear of infection. With the economy reeling , others have dismissed the pandemic as a political plot – for them relaxing quarantine rules can’t come soon enough.

But people on the front line are worried, and experts warn the outbreak has proved a “trust-destroying disaster” that could have devastating consequences. No masks allowed: stores turn customers away in US culture war

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On Friday, White House coronavirus taskforce member Dr Anthony Fauci said new localized outbreaks were “inevitable” as mitigation measures are relaxed.

He said a full-blown second wave could be avoided if the holy grail of containment measures – testing, quarantine and contact tracing – continued to be adhered to.

Fauci said he was hopeful that the US would be ready, though a recent study by Harvard University found that only nine states were conducting, or near to conducting, the minimum recommended testing. Hours after Fauci spoke, […]

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