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UPDATE: Trump extends virus guidelines, braces US for big death toll

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is bracing the United States for a grim death toll from the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday he extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month. In doing so, he was bowing to public-health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not enough is done to fight it.

It was a stark shift in tone by the president. Only days ago he mused about the country reopening in a few weeks.

From the Rose Garden on Sunday, he said his Easter revival hopes had only been "aspirational."

(KTIV) - President Donald Trump and the coronavirus task force give an update on the response effort from the White House.

WATCH LIVE: Trump and coronavirus task force brief from White House

The news conference from the White House's Rose Garden comes as the Centers for Disease Control is issuing a travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the next two weeks as the coronavirus has surpassed 30,000 deaths worldwide.

Currently, there are 124,686 cases of COVID-19 in the United States. On Saturday the number of deaths in the United States surpassed 2,000.


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