Most Americans Are Concerned Coronavirus Restrictions Will Be Lifted Too Quickly: Poll

Most Americans are concerned restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic will be lifted too quickly, according to a new poll.

As some states begin to reduce stay-at-home measures implemented to stymie the spread of COVID-19, a survey showed 68 percent worry about this being done too soon. While nearly half of those asked, 48 percent, feel the limits in place in their area are at the level they should be.

The poll, conducted by The Pew Research Center, surveyed 10,957 adults between April 29 and May 5. The poll also showed a growing disparity between Democrats and Republicans over the removal of measures.

Of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, 87 percent said their greater concern was states lifting restrictions too soon. That is compared with 47 percent of their Republican counterparts.

With some states beginning to reopen, fears have been raised over the prospect of a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak due to a return to normality being conducted prematurely.

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A Medical worker wearing a mask applauds in front of a 'Thank You' sign outside of the Lenox Health Greenwich Village hospital. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Across the U.S., more than 1.2 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed, with more than 75,000 deaths linked to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.

Lockdown measures have been widely implemented as a way of stymieing infections, though those measures have greatly impacted the economy, with millions of workers filing for unemployment during the outbreak.

Figures show around a fifth of the U.S. labor force has made initial jobless claims in the last seven weeks.

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Protesters participate in a "Ride to Recovery" car caravan to call for more protections and assistance amid the novel coronavirus pandemic on May 7, 2020 in Chicago. Kamil Krzaczynksi/AFP via Getty Images

Some sectors of the public have protested to reopen businesses sooner, so workers might return to work, with Governors beginning to outlines plans to reopen states.

Increasing testing has been a key argument throughout the crisis, with a report this week suggesting most areas across the country are not conducting enough screenings to begin easing social distancing measures.

Last month, President Donald Trump said guidelines on distancing may extend beyond spring and into early summer.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters while hosting Texas Governor Greg Abbott in the Oval office on May 7. He has spoken of his desire for areas to reopen safely. Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images

Meanwhile, some states have begun to reopen despite not meeting the benchmarks set by White House guidelines, prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call for federal standards to regulate how the nation reopens.

It comes amid reports the Trump administration shelved a document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which is said to have included detailed guidance for community leaders on how to open up businesses and public services.

Trump has said that it is possible reopening areas will cause more coronavirus deaths, though argued there is a need need to get the nation back up and running "soon."

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In an interview with ABC News, he was asked about the possibility of lives being lost. He said: "It's possible there will be some because you won't be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is."

However, he insisted guideline such as a level of social distancing and advice for increased hand washing would be followed as restrictions are removed.

He also said the measures could be leading to deaths in other ways, citing it as a factor behind drug overdoses and suicides.

In a video released from The White House, Trump said: "People want our country to open up, now we want to do it in a safe way.

"We want to make sure safety, you know all about social distancing and washing your hands and all of the things that we're supposed to do."

He also spoke of the economy coming back "very, very strong."

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment on the poll.

The number of deaths linked to the novel coronavirus across the U.S. surpassed a projection for August issued on April 29 in just one week. The estimate from the Institute for Health and Metrics predicted that 72,433 people would die by August 4, a figure which had already been surpassed by May 7.

New York is the U.S. state worst-hit by coronavirus, with more than 320,000 confirmed cases since the outbreak began.

The graphic below, from Statista, shows the states which have been most severely affected.

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