We're starting in the U.S. and then moving to Japan to fill you in on the latest concerning the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump has extended his administration's social distancing guidelines.
These are government suggestions intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They urge Americans to avoid groups of more than people they say older people should stay home and they also encourage Americans to work and learn from home. Those guidelines were scheduled to end on Monday and the president had previously said that Easter Sunday, April 12th, would be a great time to reopen some parts of the United States.
But this week, after looking over disease information with his top health advisors, President Trump said the Easter deadline was, quote, just an aspiration, and he said he'd lengthened the government social distancing guidelines until April 30th.
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won. That would be the greatest loss of all.
AZUZ: The president added he believed America would be well on its way to recovery by June 1st.
Several health officials we've heard from in the U.S. and abroad have said the COVID-19 pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better.
Among all of the health problems it's caused and events it's postponed are the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The Summer Games were supposed to kick off in Tokyo, Japan, on July 24th.
Leaders from the International Olympic Committee, Japanese Olympic organizers and the Japanese government held a phone call on Monday and decided the events would start almost exactly a year later, on July 23rd, 2021.
IOC president Thomas Bach said humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel and that these Olympic Games can be a light at the end of it. But for the country of Japan, the buildings that's constructed for the events and for the athletes themselves, this presents a number of new challenges, how can they be overcome.