America extends lockdown to 30 April as coronavirus is set to peak in the country


The United States has extended its social distancing guidelines to April 30 as coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country.


The announcement is an abrupt turnaround from a week ago when Trump said he was convinced the distancing restrictions were causing irreparable damage to the economy.


The initial 15-day guidance was set to expire on 30 March.


President Trump said that the better the country does in adhering to the guidelines the faster the whole nightmare will end.


Speaking during the latest Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the White House on Sunday, the president said that measures such as social distancing were "the way you win".


He added: "We will be extending our guidelines to April 30, to slow the spread. On Tuesday we will be finalising these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data and strategy to the American people."


Mr Trump said that modelling shows that the peak of the death rate will likely hit in two weeks, but stressed that he hopes the country will be on its way to recovery by June.


More than 122,653 infections and 2,112 deaths have been recorded according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Trump has called for hospitals to stop hoarding

On Sunday, Mr Trump accused hospitals in some states of "hoarding" ventilators, face masks and other critical medical supplies.


He said that they had a problem with hoarding and that hospitals needed to release them.


"Hospitals can't hold them if they think there might be a problem weeks down the road", he said, alleging that some were "stocked up," he said.


The availability of ventilators is a major concern among health professionals as demand has surged with the spread of the virus.


Mr Trump has ordered a car manufacturer in Detroit to produce more ventilators to satisfy demand.


Meanwhile, a baby boy in Chicago became the first infant to die from the coronavirus in the US.


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