(ABC News) – President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as the coronavirus takes an increasing toll on the U.S.
The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires today, Monday March 30.
President Trump had initially expressed interest in relaxing the social distancing restrictions in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic.
Instead he decided to extend them through April 30.
Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings.
More than 33,000 people have been killed around the world as the amount of novel coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket, with the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases globally surpassing 713,000 on Sunday.
The number of cases has grown exponentially in a matter of weeks. Last Thursday, there were 500,000 cases worldwide, which was double the number of worldwide coronavirus cases from the week before.
The U.S. stood at more than 136,000 diagnosed coronavirus cases on Sunday, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 2,409 deaths in the country.
At least 148,000 people have recovered from the virus during this pandemic.