Four new states placed complete remain-at-home orders Wednesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, putting more than 80% of Americans under lockdown as the number of deaths in the U.S. nearly doubled in three days.
The governors of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Nevada each instituted the stringent policies on a day when the death count from COVID-19 spiked by 925 to over 4,800 nationwide, with 214,000 confirmed infections, based on a tally.
President Donald Trump stated he noticed no need for the federal government to release a governmental decree, with 39 states and the District of Columbia now requiring residents to stay residence except for essential outings to the doctor or grocery store.
He further told a White House briefing Wednesday he was contemplating a plan to halt flights to coronavirus hot spots.
Such a plan may conceivably close traffic at airports in hard-struck New York, New Orleans and Detroit.
White House medical experts have estimated that even if Americans hunker down in their homes to arrest the spread of COVID-19, some 100,000 to 240,000 Americans might die from the respiratory disease brought on by the coronavirus.
A Pentagon official who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity stated the U.S. Division of Defense was working to provide as much as 100,000 body luggage to be used by civilian authorities in the coming weeks.
Since 2010, the flu has killed between 12,000 and 61,000 Americans a year, based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP).