Latest Atlanta coronavirus news: Trump disagrees with decision to reopen Georgia

Georgia confirms 21,102 coronavirus cases, 846 deaths

US Records Lowest Coronavirus-Related Deaths in 2 Weeks. According to Johns Hopkins University, 1,433 people died due to COVID-19 on April 20. That is an average of 600 less deaths than previous days. Almost 93% of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. have occurred in the past three weeks. 44% have occurred in the past week. The news comes as several states begin implementing plans to reopen businesses. ...we will allow gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetol

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This blog will be updated throughout Wednesday, April 22, with news and details of COVID-19 in Georgia.

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6:45 p.m.: President Donald Trump said Wednesday he told Gov. Brian Kemp he disagreed "very strongly" with his decision to roll back coronavirus restrictions and allow shuttered businesses such as nail salons and barber shops to reopen this week. Greg Bluestein has the full story.

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5 p.m.: Atlanta's drive-in theater reopens tonight, Raisa Habersham reports, but attendees must remain in their cars.

4:30 p.m.: A new statewide initiative that will open four more novel coronavirus testing sites in metro Atlanta will process as many as 260 people an hour at each location, Willoughby Mariano reports.

1 p.m.: Effective April 25, Cobb County will open the Silver Comet Trail, Noonday Creek Trail, Bob Callen Trail and several passive parks, Kristal Dixon reports. Passive parks do not have amenities like sports fields, playgrounds, ball parks or tennis courts, so they "allow for more social distancing under public health guidelines."


10:30 a.m.: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms continues to urge residents to stay home, our Political Insider bloggers report. "(T)here's nothing essential about going to a bowling alley in the middle of a pandemic," Bottoms said.

10 a.m.: A Smyrna restaurant owner has sold her car to make sure her employees have a little cash in their pockets during the coronavirus pandemic. Kristal Dixon shares her story.

10 a.m.: A concierge medical company is offering tests to residents who aren't comfortable leaving their homes and are worried they might have the virus, Raisa Habersham reports. The test takes only a few minutes, and gives patients their results in 48 hours, and sometimes less.

7 a.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp defended his aggressive move to roll back restrictions he instituted to contain the coronavirus, as mayors of Georgia cities warn they're not ready for a wave of businesses to reopen this week and federal health officials raised concerns. Greg Bluestein has the full story.

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