Photo by Bita Honarvar/Reuters
Photo by Bita Honarvar/Reuters

Georgia reported over 1,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the same day Gov. Brian Kemp lifted the shelter-in-place order for most of the state’s 10.6 million residents.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported a total of 27,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, compared with about 26,000 the day before, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The White House coronavirus task force has advised states to begin reopening after 14 days of declining positive cases and declining rates of people reporting COVID-19 symptoms.

But Kemp has forged ahead with reopening Georgia and encouraged business to resume operations despite the rising number of cases, drawing bipartisan criticism from fellow elected officials.

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