Trump extends coronavirus lockdown in US by a month

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Trump extends coronavirus lockdown in US by a month

Mar 30, 2020 11:50 IST

President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month, bowing to public-health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the US. Trump, who has largely avoided talk of potential death and infection rates, cited projection models that said potentially 2.2 million people or more could have died had the country not put social distancing measures in place. The U.S. had more than 139,000 COVID-19 cases reported by Sunday evening, with more than 2,400 deaths. "The peak, the highest point of death rates, remember, this is likely to hit in two weeks. Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before victory is won - that would be the greatest loss of all", said Trump from the Rose Garden.

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