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President Trump is extending coronavirus shut down until April 30th

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President Trump extends national social distancing guidelines through April

By: Emma Newburger, March 30, 2020:

President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the national social distancing guidelines to April 30 after suggesting that the coronavirus death rate would likely peak in two weeks.

“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won,” Trump said at an evening press briefing. “Therefore we will be extending our guidelines to April 30.”

The president has previously said he wants to reopen the country for business by Easter, on April 12, despite warnings from public health experts that loosening restrictions would result in unnecessary death and economic damage.

However, Trump claimed on Sunday that Easter was just an “aspiration” and that he hopes the the country will “be well on our way to recovery” by June 1.

While he can issue federal guidelines, the president doesn’t have the power to decide if the country can reopen, as it’s the decision of each state. States across the country have ordered residents to stay mostly indoors and businesses. The CDC has ordered New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents to avoid non-essential travel for 14 days.

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