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U.S. nears 1 million coronavirus cases as states ease restrictionsOutbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Massachusetts

By Doina Chiacu and Maria Caspani

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases neared 1 million on Tuesday and the projected American death toll rose in a closely watched academic model, even as some states eased restrictions aimed at fighting the pandemic battering the economy.

With President Donald Trump’s economic adviser forecasting an unemployment rate of more than 16% for April and many Americans chafing under stay-at-home orders, about a dozen states were moving to restart their battered economies despite a lack of large-scale virus testing.

Public health experts have warned that a premature rollback of social distancing policies aimed at curbing the