Massachusetts deaths top 5,000 as governor weighs reopening

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By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press

With states across the country beginning to reopen businesses, Massachusetts’ governor is facing mounting pressure to follow suit even as coronavirus deaths in the state reach another grim milestone.

Gov. Charlie Baker recently allowed golf courses to open after an outcry and gun shops began selling again after owners sued.

Now, with virus deaths topping 5,000 on Monday, state leaders and health experts are urging restraint amid growing angst among businesses owners and residents over when and how the economic restrictions will be lifted.

The governor has said the goal is to allow some businesses to reopen in a “limited fashion” starting May 18.

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