USA Coronavirus Live Updates: Stay-at-Home Orders Spread as U.S. Death Toll Passes 200

USA Coronavirus Live Updates: Stay-at-Home Orders Spread as U.S. Death Toll Passes 200 More than one in five Americans will soon be under orders to stay mostly indoors, manipurstories.com

USA Coronavirus Live Updates: Stay-at-Home Orders Spread as U.S. Death Toll Passes 200

USA Coronavirus Live Updates: Stay-at-Home Orders Spread as U.S. Death Toll Passes 200

More than one in five Americans will soon be under orders to stay mostly indoors, as restrictions on residents like the ones introduced by California come into effect in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Illinois. The United States also closed its borders to nonessential travelers from Canada and Mexico beginning at midnight Saturday.

The new rules were announced on Friday as the death toll in the United States surpassed 200, and as Massachusetts and the District of Columbia recorded their first deaths.

In the District, the nation’s capital, senators came close to reaching a deal on a $1 trillion rescue plan but ultimately fell short of the ambitious midnight deadline set by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader. They plan to work through the weekend on a bipartisan economic stabilization package.

Wall Street ended its worst week since the 2008 financial crisis with the Dow below where it stood on the day before President Trump was inaugurated. The S&P 500, which fell more than 4 percent, is not far from that mark as well. The president has trumpeted the so-called Trump bump throughout his presidency as evidence of his success.

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Mr. Trump signaled on Friday that the federal government was mobilizing industry to provide urgently needed resources to help halt the spread of the virus, but he did not specify what steps he had taken after days of conflicting messages about his intentions. He said without evidence that he was using the Defense Production Act to help acquire “millions of masks.”

The American Red Cross, meanwhile, is facing a dire shortage of blood supply, as more than 4,500 of its blood drives have been canceled, resulting in nearly 150,000 fewer donations.

In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo moved Friday to sharply limit outdoor activity across the state, including by ordering nonessential businesses to keep all of their workers home. His wide-ranging executive order, which takes effect  at 8 p.m. on Sunday, was issued as the number of known cases in the state jumped to over 7,800.

“These provisions will be enforced,” Mr. Cuomo said at a briefing in Albany.

Then, within the space of an hour Friday afternoon, several other big states followed suit. Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut issued an order similar to Mr. Cuomo’s, and Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey said he planned on Saturday  to order that all nonessential businesses in that state shut down, as well.

In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a statewide “stay at home” order on Friday, asking all 12 million residents to leave the house only when necessary.

Their moves were announced as California woke up Friday to new rules closing the state’s nonessential retail shops and sharply limiting outdoor movement.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans also issued a stay at home order on Friday, asking the city’s 390,000 residents to go out for “critical needs only.”

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