Videos and photos on social media have shown young people flocking to beaches in Florida and California as they continue to ignore rules to stay at home as the country struggles to halt the spread of the virus. Troops will be used in New York, California and Washington to deliver medical aid and set up medical stations after the number of deaths nationwide rose to 471 and infections to 35,244.
Mr Trump said he had approved a request to issue a major disaster declaration for the state of NY, which has seen the vast majority of America's coronavirus cases. The number of US cases has surpassed 31,000, and as the number rises, some states are acting quickly by ordering variations of stay-at-home orders for residents.
Everyone would be asked to stay at home, but essential services (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies, clinics) and lifeline utilities would continue. This includes bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries and other places where people gather together.
If we don't get the equipment we can lose lives that we could have otherwise saved", explained Cuomo. NY state has the largest number of COVID19 cases in the nation, and has only half the hospital beds its projected to need, Cuomo warned.
Shortly after announcing that it would invoke the Defense Production Act , the White House received responses from business leaders who expressed concern that the law could cause major unforeseen problems, including loss of profits. "It does not matter how urgent times are, we have to maintain our civil rights and there's no reason to be waiving folks' civil rights in an emergency".
When asked if the government meant to impose mandatory quarantine measures, Trudeau said the move had not been ruled out. The Northwest Territories will ban non-essential travel into the territory on Saturday - the same day it logged its first positive case of COVID-19.