States in the US extend lockdowns as federal social distancing guidelines pushed to April 30 amid fears of COVID-19.
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States extend lockdown orders
With the federal social distancing guidelines extended through the end of April, several states and counties have announced longer lockdowns for residents.
- Virginia extended its lockdown to June 10.
- Maryland issued lockdown orders that go into effect at 8 p.m. ET Monday.
- Florida: Four counties in Southeast Florida are on lockdown until mid-May.
- California: The San Francisco Bay Area has extended its lockdown, originally meant to end April 7, to at least May 1.
- Pennsylvania: 26 counties are now on lockdown until April 30.
- Washington DC extended its lockdown for an indefinite period, enforceable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment of up to 90 days.
EPA: Don’t flush wipes
In an effort to prevent clogging plumbing during the coronavirus; the US Environmental Protection Agency is urging people to only flush toilet paper. “Preventable toilet and sewer backups can pose a threat to human health and also present an extra challenge to our water utilities,” EPA said. “Flushing anything other than toilet paper, including disinfecting wipes, can damage internal plumbing, local sewer systems and septic systems.”
United States cross testing milestone
The US has tested 1 million samples for the coronavirus; and has ramped up its testing capacity to 100,000 samples a day. US President Donald Trump said at the White House’s daily briefing. The administration also said that the US has developed 20 different emergency testing options and that tomorrow Abbott Laboratories will begin shipping a rapid test that can return a positive result in as quickly as five minutes.