President Donald Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines Until April 30
By CBS News
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President Trump announced Sunday the nationwide social distancing guidelines will remain in place until April 30, saying the "peak" of the coronavirus pandemic is expected in two weeks. Mr. Trump said he expected the country to be "well on its way to recovery" by June 1.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert and one of the most prominent members of the president's Coronavirus Task Force, called the expanded guidelines "prudent."
The number of cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. continued to rise Sunday, with over 137,200 total confirmed cases nationwide and more than 2,400 deaths since the outbreak began. New York remains the epicenter of the U.S. crisis, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday a 68-bed makeshift hospital tent is being built outside Mount Sinai Hospital in Central Park.
In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards said the state had the second-highest number of per capita deaths. He said that within the last 24 hours, there have been 225 new coronavirus cases in the state and 2,710 tests run. The total number of cases in the state is 35,040, with 14 new deaths.
Texas had already set up a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers flying in from New Orleans, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. On Sunday, Texas Governor Greg Abbot announced he was mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone driving into Texas from anywhere in Louisiana and for those flying in from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago, as well as anywhere in California and Washington.
Abbott's mandatory quarantine came one day after similar measures were announced in Florida. That state's governor, Ron DeSantis, announced Sunday checkpoints would be set up along interstates that travelers from New York and Louisiana usually use. Any visitors from those states would have to go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
This story was first published by CBS News on Sunday, March 29.