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Trump says social distancing guidelines will remain until April 30

The announcement differs from his previously expressed hope of opening up more by Easter

President Trump on March 29, 2020
President Trump on March 29, 2020
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Updated: March 29, 2020 - 6:56pm

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President Trump on Sunday announced that his administration's social distancing guidelines will remain in place until the end of April.

The announcement comes after the president earlier this week indicated that he hoped to see the country resuming more normal activity by Easter, which is on April 12.

"The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks," the president said at the Sunday evening press conference. "Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won, that would be the greatest loss of all," he said.

"Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30th to slow the spread," the president said.