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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp refuses to order a statewide lockdown, while Democratic-controlled states go to extreme measures to control the spread of the flu-like Covid-19 virus.

According to the, Kemp ordered a series of measures to control the spread of the virus. But he stopped short of infringing on the rights and civil liberties of millions of people who will not get sick.

On Monday, Kemp announced he is instituting a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people and he ordered a shelter in place for "medically fragile" people for two weeks.

Ordering the medically fragile to stay indoors makes more sense than restricting the movements of healthy people, keeping restaurants closed, and destroying the state's economy.

The news comes as President Donald Trump indicated he will lift restrictions and allow businesses to reopen in many states by next Monday.

The AJC reports Kemp faced "increasing pressure" to impose stiffer restrictions on the residents of his state.

He said the ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people ensures the spacing of "at least six feet between people at all times" so that businesses such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and home improvement stores can remain open.

"We are all part of the solution. If your friends, neighbors or local organizations are not complying, call them out. Or report them to us," Kemp said.

"The fight is far from over, but we are in this fight together," Kemp continued. "Look out for your fellow Georgians and pray for their continued safety, as well as the safety of our first responders, healthcare workers, the elderly and the medically fragile."

The novel coronavirus has infected over 100,000 people in the United States, although only 46,000 cases are confirmed. That puts the fatality rate far under 1% and closer to the influenza fatality rate of 0.1%.

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President Trump is currently touring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. He urged Americans to remain calm even as the news media overhypes the virus outbreak in the U.S.

Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak that killed 11 people -- all middle aged or elderly -- on the West Coast.

"We have 240 cases -- most of those people are going to be fine," Trump told reporters at the CDC. "We've had 11 deaths and they've been largely old people who are susceptible to what's happening."

Trump, who wore his red campaign cap, compared the Coronavirus casualties to the common flu, noting that over 30,000 people have died from the flu this season -- but the media won't report that.

"The common flu kills people and old people... the interesting thing here -- it's very interesting... the young seem to be doing unbelievably well, actually better than they do with the flu."

Trump said he is not big on handshaking, but he said he shakes hands because he's a politician. "I feel very secure," he said.

The White House canceled Trump's planned visit to the CDC earlier today due to a report that a CDC employee tested positive for the virus. But Trump explained that the employe tested negative, so the trip was back on.

He said the Secret Service worked out the logistics so he could visit the CDC to thank scientists for their hard work on his way to Florida.

In response to a question about canceling his campaign rallies, Trump said he's not planning to cancel his rallies. "It doesn't bother me at all and it doesn't bother them," he said, referring to his supporters who pack arenas to attend his rallies.

Governor Brian Kemp, who accompanied Trump on his tour of the CDC, urged people to wash their hands and stay home if they feel sick.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp held a late night press conference on Monday to announce confirmation of the first Coronavirus in Atlanta.

Two people who live in the same household tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The couple are the first in Georgia to test positive for the virus.

Kemp and state officials announced the news at a hastily arranged press conference, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The couple, who live in Fulton County, showed minor symptoms of the illness shortly after one of the people returned to Georgia from a business trip to Milan, Italy.

"I want to reassure you that they're at home, in home isolation with other household members, with minimal symptoms so they're not hospitalized," said Dr. Kathleen Toomey, head of the state's public health department.

Dr. Toomey said the person who traveled to Italy detected the symptoms immediately and contacted his doctor upon returning to Atlanta. He was advised to stay home and wash his hands frequently.

The news comes as Washington state reported 6 Coronavirus deaths -- all in the same nursing facility in Kirkland. The 6 elderly women were in their 70s and 80s.

President Donald Trump is set to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta on Friday. He has urged calm and said the risk to the American public remains low.

People who are at most risk are the elderly and those with weak immune systems. Most people who are 50 or younger who were infected with the Coronavirus have fully recovered.

Apple founder Steve Wozniak and his wife Janet say they may have been infected with the Covid-19 virus during a trip to China in January.

Wozniak tweeted on Monday that he and his wife had sore throats and coughs when they returned to the U.S. on Jan. 4.

Although they have fully recovered, Wozniak contacted the CDC but he received a form letter advising them to wash their hands.

The Coronavirus is not as deadly as the common flu virus which has killed 10,000 people this flu season. The CDC is expecting 40,000 deaths from the flu virus by the end of the flu season.

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