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Trump, White House Holds Coronavirus Briefing As More States Embrace Lockdowns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House on Tuesday.
Evan Vucci AP
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House on Tuesday.

Streets, squares and highways are deserted in many parts of the world as curfews and lockdowns multiply in the face of a rapidly advancing virus that is severely straining health systems. California is restricting people to their homes, and Illinois and New York are set to follow suit this weekend. Hospital wards are overflowing in Spain and Italy, and Britain has asked 65,000 retired nurses and doctors to return to work.

The outbreak has eased in Asia, where the concern has shifted to preventing the return of the coronavirus. China is isolating overseas arrivals after identifying more than 250 new cases from abroad.

President Trump held a white house briefing on March 21, 2020.

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing