US states partly reopen as virus deaths top 50,000

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Three US states have allowed some shops to reopen after measures imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as the country’s death toll passed 51,000.

Salons and spas could reopen in Georgia and Oklahoma while Alaska lifted restrictions on restaurants.

On Friday, President Donald Trump walked out of a shorter than usual briefing, refusing to take questions.

He has faced criticism after suggesting that disinfectant could potentially be used to treat the virus.

His remarks have been condemned as dangerous by doctors and manufacturers. Disinfectants are hazardous substances and can be poisonous if ingested, and even external exposure can be dangerous to the skin, eyes and respiratory system.