Coronavirus update: Americans will stay indoors through April to slow coronavirus spread

Many non-essential businesses also will likely be closed through April

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March 30, 2020 - 8:03am

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President Trump is telling Americans to stay indoors for at least another two weeks, amid dire warnings from his coronavirus task force that the U.S. could have more than one million cases of the virus and 100,000 related deaths.

The president on Sunday extended the guidelines and is set to speak again Monday morning on the Fox News Channel. 

Trump made two big decisions over the weekend in his handling of the pandemic, as the country now has 143,055 cases and 2,400 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center

The president publicly considered Saturday whether to impose a ban on residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut traveling outside the tristate region. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues a travel advisory for that region. New York has the most deaths in the United States – 776 – with the situation expected to get worse.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to say that overwhelmed healthcare workers and facilities still need ventilators, masks and other protective gear. The federal government has already set up at least on temporary facility, and the Navy medical ship USNS Comfort is due to arrive Monday morning in Manhattan. 

The number of worldwide cases is now 732,133 and death 34,680, according to the Johns Hopkins site.