DONALD TRUMP last night advised Americans not to gather in groups of more than ten in a raft of new anti-virus guidelines.
The US president (pictured below) also warned against discretionary travel, urged people to stay away from bars and restaurants and called on parents to educate their children at home.
After the death toll in America hit 69, he said: ‘We will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus. We can turn the corner and turn it quickly.’
Speaking at the White House as the Dow Jones closed almost 3,000 points — 12 per cent — down, he also admitted the crisis could last until July or August ‘if we do a really good job’ and that a recession was possible.
As the US edged towards a coast-to-coast lockdown, singer Taylor Swift urged her 128million Instagram followers to stay at home.
Swift, 30, said she was seeing ‘lots of get-togethers and parties happening’. She posted: ‘I love you so much and need to express my concern that things aren’t being taken seriously enough right now.’
Her posts came just before the lights went out on Broadway as New York governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all restaurants, theatres, cinemas and casinos to shut. He said: ‘These temporary closures will last as long as is necessary to protect the public health.’
A deep clean began at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after three recent guests tested positive.
Meanwhile, screening was introduced at the White House with staff and visitors having their temperatures taken.
First Lady Melania Trump called off the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn. Dr Anthony Fauci, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, urged a 14-day national shutdown.
‘Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,’ he said.