Trump extends social distancing guidelines through end of April

Trump announces White House will keep its current guidelines for social distancing in place through the end of April.

Ben Ariel , | updated: 01:39

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
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US President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that the White House will keep its current guidelines for social distancing in place through the end of April to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the war is won,” Trump said in a briefing at the White House, according to The Hill. “That would be the greatest loss of all.”

Trump urged Americans to follow the guidelines issued by his administration roughly two weeks ago urging them to avoid restaurants and bars, cancel non-essential travel and keep in-person gatherings to 10 people or less.

Trump also predicted that the US would likely hit its peak death rate from the virus in two weeks. He went on to suggest the country would be “well on our way to recovery” by June 1.

The announcement marks a change from less than a week ago when Trump expressed optimism that the country could be “opened up” by Easter Sunday, April 12.

His shift in position comes as the number of confirmed cases and deaths from the virus have been climbing rapidly in recent days.

The death toll in the US from the coronavirus topped 2,000 on Saturday night. On Friday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States reached 100,040, the highest number in the world.



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