Protesters took to the streets in Michigan on Thursday to protest the “excessive quarantine”

Protests against lockdown measures are growing across the US, even as the number of infections and deaths continue to rise.

The demonstrations have occurred in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Minnesota, Utah, Virginia and Kentucky.

Protesters say the severe economic restrictions are hurting citizens, but health officials warn lifting them could spread infection.

On Friday, the president appeared to endorse some of the protests.

President Donald Trump tweeted in all capital letters the slogans of several protests but did not add further comment.

The states he referenced are all led by Democrats.