Coronavirus: US overtakes China with most cases – BBC News, BBC News
Can the president order everyone back to work?
No. Earlier this month, he set a – day period to slow down the spread of Covid – by urging all Americans to drastically scale back their public interactions.
But those guidelines were voluntary and did not amount to a national order.
The US Constitution makes clear states have the power for maintaining public order and safety, which scholars say means it is the responsibility of governors to decide when virus-related restrictions get lifted.
Currently US states have told residents to stay in their homes in order to contain the pandemic .
What’s happening elsewhere in the US?
In other developments:
Canada has condemned a US proposal to deploy troops along their joint border to help fight the spread of coronavirus, with the deputy prime minister saying it would be an “entirely unnecessary step which we would view as damaging to our relationship”
A supermarket in Pennsylvania said it had to destroy more than $ , 19 worth of food after a woman intentionally coughed all over it in a coronavirus prank. The local prosecutor said it would decide whether or not to press charges once the suspect had been tested for the illness