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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 5:12 PM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

President Trump has extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month. The president made the announcement at Sunday’s task force briefing.

The initial 15-day period of social distancing was set to expire Monday, but was extended after modeling estimates showed the peak death rate will likely hit a high in two weeks.

The peak of this virus’ death rate is likely to hit in two weeks.

We MUST stay the course and keep following the guidelines.

“Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won.” pic.twitter.com/djS7bzxnvC

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 29, 2020

“Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30th to slow the spread,” explained President Trump. “On Tuesday, we will be finalizing these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data and strategy, to the American people.”

The president added he expects the country will be well on the way to recovery by summertime.

#NEW: President

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A sign is displayed on locked tennis courts in Branch Brook Park in Newark, N.J., Thursday, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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UPDATED 10:20 AM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

The president has approved major disaster declarations for both Connecticut and Oregon. According to reports out of the White House, the approval for emergency federal assistance was announced on Sunday.

We’ve received word that our request for a federal Major Disaster Declaration has been approved. This will unlock addt’l federal assistance programs for Connecticut. This is imperative to protecting the health and safety of the people of our state.

https://t.co/3o43navhYy pic.twitter.com/r56q0cz0bX

— Governor Ned Lamont (@GovNedLamont) March 29, 2020

The funding applies to state, tribal and local governments, in addition to non-profit organizations and companies helping to fight off COVID-19.

Connecticut and Oregon have been added to a growing list of regions, including 17 other states and two U.S. territories, who were also recently approved for assistance.

President Trump grants Conn., Ore. major disaster declarations 3

Members of the Governor’s Food and Horse Guard set up a mobile tent outside

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Covid-19 test kits are prepared at the Genetworx clinical lab Wednesday March 25 , 2020, in Glen Allen, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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UPDATED 4:10 PM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

According to Spain’s prime minister, coronavirus test kits supplied by a Chinese company have been sent back after being deemed to be inaccurate. Pedro Sánchez made the announcement on Saturday and confirmed that the kits would be replaced.

The Spanish government faced immense criticism following the purchase of more than half a million kits, 60,000 of which were found to be only 30 percent effective. This prompted critics to question the process the government followed when it purchased the kits.

“It is an institution that approves, in this case, the fast tests. It complies with the regulations and requirements needed to guarantee that the test are effective. In this very particular case, they have been returned to the provider and a different test with guarantees is going to be supplied.” – Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain

Spain returns defective COVID-19 test kits to China 5

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pauses during a speech in

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks with reporters about economic impacts of the coronavirus outside the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 3:50 PM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said economic lockdowns across the U.S. could last for eight to 10 weeks.

On Sunday, the secretary announced his department will provide loans for small businesses to keep them afloat and cover the salaries of their workers. He added he’s working to minimize the economic impact of coronavirus outbreak.

“The president’s number one objective is the health of American population,” stated Mnuchin. “We will do everything in our power to support the American economy during that period of time.”

According to the secretary, such businesses can hire their workers back.

“Those loans will cover eight weeks of workers’ salary, plus additional money for overhead. If you let your workers go, you bring back your workers. For every worker you have, that portion of the loan is forgiven. So, I encourage all small business, that’s about half of the U.S. private payroll, (to) go back and hire your workers, because the government is paying you to do that.”

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a press briefing in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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UPDATED 3:40 PM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has said his state is going to continue to follow its own plan to deal with COVID-19. During a recent interview, Ricketts announced officials are analyzing the state’s needs, in terms of hospitals and other protective supplies.

“We’ve got a plan, and we’ll keep working our plan,” he said.

He also confirmed he hasn’t experienced the issue other governors are apparently having, like the federal government stepping in front of orders and causing them to be delayed or cancelled.

The governor believes the best outcome will come when states are allowed to manage the outbreak themselves.

“You can’t have it both ways. You can’t complain because the federal government is stepping in front of your orders and then say the federal government should be doing everything in the first place. You’ve got to kind of pick which model you want to go with.” – Pete Ricketts, Governor of Nebraska

According to Ricketts, Nebraska won’t change its coronavirus plans based on the federal

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Patients wait in line outside an urgent care pharmacy while wearing personal protective equipment, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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UPDATED 12:00 PM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

A California teen who allegedly died from COVID-19 was denied treatment at an urgent care facility because he didn’t have insurance. The Los Angeles County Department of Health issued a statement about the 17-year-old’s death this week, initially saying it was a virus related death.

However, they later suggested further investigation would be needed to determine his cause of death.

“Though early tests indicated a positive result for COVID-19, the case is complex and there may be an alternate explanation for this fatality,” read their latest statement. “Patient privacy prevents our offering further details at this time.”

The teen went to urgent care on Wednesday, but was not treated because he didn’t have insurance. He died later that day.

“He had gone to urgent care for an HMO. He didn’t have insurance, so they didn’t treat him and sent him to AV hospital. En route to AV hospital, he went into cardiac arrest. When he got to AV hospital, they were

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In this Friday, March 27, 2020 photo provided by Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Gov. Andrew Cuomo, briefs the media inside a nearly completed makeshift hospital at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. (Darren McGee/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

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UPDATED 12:47 PM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

Officials in Rhode Island have repealed a controversial policy they’ve been using to crack down on traveling New Yorkers amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said officials in the Plantation State have repealed their coronavirus protocols on New Yorkers.

This announcement came just one day after Cuomo threatened to sue the state.

The policy in question allowed law enforcement in Rhode Island, including the National Guard, to stop cars with New York license plates and go door to door to identify any New Yorkers in the area.

State Governor Gina Raimondo has said the measures were meant to pinpoint risk and ensure all visitors were self-quarantining.

I’ve been asked about travel from New York in light of the number of cases there – more than 30,000. Given those numbers, I am issuing an executive order mandating that anyone

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In this Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 photograph released by the U.S. Defense Department, German soldiers assigned to Surface Air and Missile Defense Wing 1, fire the Patriot weapons system at the NATO Missile Firing Installation in Chania, Greece. (Sebastian Apel/U.S. Department of Defense, via AP)

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UPDATED 11:37 AM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

Two people were injured in the capital of Saudi Arabia following two attempted missile attacks. The strikes were reported Saturday by Saudi Air Defense officials, who have said they were able to stop each of the attacks.

One of the missiles was intercepted over the capital city of Riyadh and the other was shot down over a city near the Yemeni border.

#BREAKING: The remains of a Patriot Missile on #Riyadh‘s As-Suwaidi district following the Interceptions over the Saudi Capital pic.twitter.com/HyBpzWGWYm

— سوريا_Syria (@Syria27005436) March 28, 2020

No group has claimed responsibility. However, Saudi officials reportedly suspect Houthi rebels of carrying it out.

“The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen confirmed to Al Ekhbariya, the interception and destruction of a ballistic missile in the sky of Riyadh,” stated one local reporter. “The sound of anti-missile fire to intercept

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Jayson Naona, a biotech technician with Cure Biomedical, tests ventilator functionality at Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, Calif., Saturday, March 28, 2020. (Beth LaBerge/KQED via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 11:11 AM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

Biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences has expanded access to an anti-viral drug to help battle the coronavirus outbreak. The California based drug maker recently announced the drug called remdesivir will be available again outside of the six clinical trials currently underway.

Gilead has been working at unprecedented speed to enroll patients in clinical trials of our investigational treatment for COVID-19. Multiple studies are ongoing & we are on track to have initial data in the coming weeks. Read more from our Chairman & CEO: https://t.co/Nv2bDjJAaK. pic.twitter.com/5KlAzfhOXn

— Gilead Sciences (@GileadSciences) March 28, 2020

Earlier this month, the distribution of remdesivir was halted due to overwhelming demand. Now the drug will be sold as part of the expanded access program run by the federal government.

President Trump has called remdesivir a “promising” drug in fighting coronavirus, along with several other potential cures.

“There are promising therapies produced by Gilead, and that’s remdesivir,” he said. “It seems to have a very good result having

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 10:55 AM PT — Sunday, March 29, 2020

Task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the nation will experience “millions of cases” of coronavirus and between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the illness. He announced these estimates during a recent interview.

According to Fauci, the timing of when social distancing and other guidelines will be lifted depends on the availability of rapid testing. He added it’s going to be “a matter of weeks” until guidelines can be loosened.

The doctor acknowledged the task force will “seriously consider” lifting guidelines at the end of the 15-day period this week, but made it clear he is not in favor of doing so.

“My own opinion, looking at the way things are, I doubt it that would be the case. But you know, we’re a group, a task force, and we’re going to sit down and talk about it. Obviously, what you see me describe, it’s a little iffy there. So, we’ll take it as it comes,