Trump releases stricter coronavirus guidelines urging Americans to avoid restaurants, travel, groups over 10; older people told to stay home

by Daniel Payne · Mar 16th, 2020 3:13 pm

Last Updated Mar 16th, 2020 at 5:13 pm

President Trump at a Monday press conference released a set of coronavirus guidelines meant to help slow the spread of the pandemic, urging Americans to go on partial lockdown for "15 days to slow the spread" in an effort to "be ahead of the curve" of the deadly disease while saying that the pandemic could stretch into August.

The guidelines urge Americans to refrain from eating out, suggesting that instead they opt for take-out or delivery services from local restaurants. He also advised refraining from gatherings of more than 10 people and said that regions with evidence of "community transmission" should close down their schools to slow the spread of the virus.

Trump additionally indicated people should "avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits," and that older Americans should "stay home and away from other people."

The president said that, if the directives are followed, the United States will "rally together as one nation" and "defeat the virus." The United States as of Monday afternoon had logged nearly 3,500 cases of the coronavirus, with a total of 68 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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