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Over 150 US doctors sign letter calling for second lockdown

An open letter signed by over 150 medical professionals from the United States the government is called to "hit the reset button" and enact a second lockdown, pointing to the over 117,000 Americans that have died from due to the Covid-19 pandemic and comparing these numbers to Germany, South Korea, and other countries.

The letter states that "The best thing for the nation is not to reopen as quickly as possible, it’s to save as many lives as possible. And reopening before suppressing the virus isn’t going to help the economy" and later adds that "Non-essential businesses should be closed. Restaurant service should be limited to take-out. People should stay home, going out only to get food and medicine or to exercise and get fresh air. Masks should be mandatory in all situations, indoors and outdoors, where we interact with others."

The letter has been published on the website of the United States Public Interest Research Group and written by its public health campaigns director Matthew Wellington.

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