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Georgia Governor Criticized For Planning To Reopen State Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

State reopening is under the radar these days despite warnings that it may be too soon. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has not been spared from criticism since he defended his decision to reopen some parts of the state economy despite being out of the federal coronavirus guidelines. Among the once criticizing him is United States President Donald Trump.

Trump criticized Kemp for his plans recently, allegedly telling him to ease up a bit on his plans. The U.S. president ended up criticizing the Georgia Governor during a White House briefing not long after.

“I told the governor of Georgia Brian Kemp that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities,” Trump said. “He knows what he's doing.”

And while it seemed that Trump had the utmost confidence on Kemp, it proved otherwise. Trump said he was not happy with Kemp and some started believing that there was some rift developing between them. Trump also denied that he had anything to do with Kemp's plans of incrementally reopening the state, Fox News reported.

Kemp held a news conference recently to address the alleged rift. He defended his decision and stressed that he is aligned with what Trump said - that is to keep the people safe and wanting America to reopen, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“I appreciate his leadership,” Kemp said. “I appreciate all the administration has done to support our state. The president and I believe in the exact same thing: we want to keep our citizens safe and we want America to reopen."

With Kemp's plans seeming in full swing, concerns are now rising on the planned reopening. Health experts feel that this could result in more infections and deaths, considering some require close physical contact. The bad news is that other states are considering doing the same, something that could result in the loss of more lives, the Atlantic reported.

Georgia is one of the regions that has been particularly hit hard. And by Kemp's planned reopening, Georgia is now at the center of a national fight over whether to stay the course with social distancing or try to return to some semblance of normalcy.

The mixed feelings on the planned reopening are understandable, particularly for the people who are concerned about their livelihood. Some have already been laid off while others are trying to find ways to survive. It has become a life or death situation for most despite the recommendation of health experts to follow the recommended 14-day steady decline in cases before returning to normality.

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