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Washington mayor extends US capital's lockdown

Washington's mayor extended the US capital's lockdown on Wednesday (May 13) amid a stream of new COVID-19 cases, even as many parts of the country gradually reopen in a push to prevent further economic damage. The orders extend the city's home sheltering regime, which was set to expire Friday, to Jun 8, and came as similar measures were granted for the city's suburbs in the states of Maryland and Virginia. The two states are gradually reopening their economies, but have permitted communities near the capital - population: 700,000 - to open under different timelines, due to heightened levels of COVID-19. 'The number of new daily cases of COVID-19 diagnoses has yet to fall and the number of daily deaths has failed to decline,' Mayor Muriel Bowser said in her proclamation. 'Community transmission of COVID-19 remains widespread throughout the district,' she said, as well as 'in the Maryland and Virginia areas near Washington.'

CNA - May 14, 2020

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