At least 75 million Americans are under virtual lockdown after Illinois became the latest state to issue a stay-at-home order in a bid to fight against the spread of the new coronavirus. And more states are expected to announce increased restrictions Saturday.
“I don’t come to this decision easily,” said Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a press conference Friday afternoon. “I fully recognize that in some cases, I am choosing between saving people’s lives and saving people’s livelihoods. But ultimately you can’t have a livelihood if you don’t have your life.”
California issued a stay-at-home order Thursday, and New York’s governor mandated that all nonessential businesses keep workers at home. Pennsylvania’s governor has also ordered that all businesses that are not “life-sustaining” close.
New York announced Saturday that the number of cases there now tops 10,000.
Worldwide, there are now more than 275,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.