New York edges toward lifting some coronavirus restrictions in some areas in May

_______________________________________________  More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ The continued lack of tests and the means to quickly analyze them is seen as the greatest roadblock to the gradual reopening of the country that President Trump seeks. As confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 3 million worldwide, with about 210,000 deaths, the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic is disrupting lifesaving vaccination campaigns for polio and other diseases. Amid border closures and travel restrictions, at least 21 countries have vaccine shortages, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Spain launched one of the largest studies worldwide into the spread of the virus on Monday, as the country begins to ease a six-week confinement. The study, designed by Spain’s Carlos III Institute, will examine some 90,000 randomly selected people through a combination of tests, allowing researchers to calculate the percentage of the population that has been exposed to the virus and to detect active infections. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to work Monday after weeks of illness and recovery from covid-19, and the famed French Grand Prix road race was postponed. In the United States, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Congress might need to consider offering guaranteed income to some Americans to help the country recover from the worst economic downturn in decades, caused by the pandemic. “We may have to think in terms of some different ways to put money in people’s pockets,” Pelosi said as House Democrats push to unveil a major new economic rescue bill in the coming days. The emerging new economic response bill, which if passed would be the nation’s fifth, is expected to center on an infusion of cash to stabilize state and local budgets, which Pelosi has suggested could be about billion. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said it’s time to hit the “pause” button on spending more money, at least until lawmakers return to the Capitol in person. “I am open to discussing anything, but just asking?” States across the nation have seen declines in tax revenue during the pandemic, but many of those that have been hit hardest by the coronavirus — including New York, New Jersey and Illinois — have Democratic governors. The bipartisan National Governors Association has asked Congress for billion in assistance to address declining revenue, arguing that the money is needed to continue paying key personnel, including first responders. A panel overseeing the disbursement of U.S. coronavirus-related economic relief launched Monday with the appointment of an executive director and a website that encourages feedback and reports of fraud. Phil Murphy said Monday, as he outlined a tempered approach that is in contrast to states such as Georgia that are moving swiftly to ease social distancing restrictions and allow some nonessential businesses to reopen. New Jersey will not begin reopening its economy until officials detect a 14-day trend of “appreciable and sustained” drops in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Murphy said at a news conference. New York voters trust Cuomo over Trump to make a determination about reopening their state by a margin of 78 percent to 16 percent, according to the Siena poll. Sen. Bernie  Sanders (I-Vt.) had sought to remain on the ballot even as he has suspended his White House bid and endorsed former vice president Joe Biden to be the Democratic nominee.  Also Monday, the CDC added six more symptoms of the novel coronavirus to its website, which previously listed only fever, cough and difficulty breathing.