States extend lockdowns as federal social distancing guidelines pushed to April 30

States extend lockdowns as federal social distancing guidelines pushed to April 30

States in the US extend lockdowns as federal social distancing guidelines pushed to April 30 amid fears of COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has upended life across the globe. Health care systems scramble to control the virus and governments are instituting strict social distancing measures to try to flatten the curve. The situation is constantly evolving as COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, rapidly spreads.

CNET has been tracking the outbreak since it was first traced to a novel coronavirus in early January. We have compiled answers to basic questions, ways to protect yourself and others, where you can and can’t go in lockdown and advice for staying healthy and entertained during long periods at home.

 

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak each day.

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE:CNET

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