Illinois and Connecticut have joined New York and California in telling residents to stay home throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The transfer means round 75 million Americans are affected by the strict “social distancing” measures, that are supposed to cease the unfold of the illness.

Residents of the 4 states should stay inside apart from journeys to grocery shops, pharmacies, petrol stations and different “essential businesses”. Most workplaces are additionally closed.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker mentioned the foundations have been to “avoid the loss of tens of thousands of lives”, as the state – which incorporates town of Chicago – registered 585 instances of the virus.

The 4 states account for 31% of the US economic system.

New Jersey’s governor Phil Murphy has mentioned he plans to concern an identical order within the subsequent 24 hours.

Earlier within the week, California’s state governor Gavin Newsom issued a state-wide “stay at home” order, which took impact from Thursday night and can stay in place till additional discover.

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He mentioned the state wanted to “recognise the reality” and “make tough decisions”, though conceded that home isolation was not his “preferred choice”.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo additionally issued an government order to state residents, that means all non-essential employees should stay at home or stop working utterly.

Mr Cuomo added that the over-70s, or these with underlying well being circumstances, should stay at home, aside from solo exercising.

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Image: An empty California seaside

The states of New York and California have been a few of the hardest hit within the US, with mixed confirmed instances of COVID-19 at greater than 6,500, with 57 individuals having misplaced their lives.

California’s governor mentioned modelling has proven 56% of California residents are anticipated to contract COVID-19 over the subsequent eight weeks, requiring almost 20,000 extra hospital beds than the state can presently present.

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He additionally warned an infection charges are doubling each 4 days in some elements of the state.

Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest metropolis, is probably going to be “disproportionately impacted” within the coming weeks, Mr Newsom added.