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Illinois joins California and New York, goes on COVID-19 lockdown

Illinois joins California and New York, goes on COVID-19 lockdown

Illinois has joined California and New York today, when Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a “stay-at-home” order for the residents of the state. The order goes in effect on Saturday, March 21 at 5pm and will last through April 7. Residents can still go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs, the governor said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

The governors of California, New York and Illinois issued lockdown orders in a bid to prevent the type of onslaught that has caused the health system in southern Europe to collapse. The lockdowns encompass the three biggest cities in America — New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Illinois residents will still be able to go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs, the Governoe Prizker announced at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Pritzker also said that there was another fatality, the state’s fifth death associated with COVID-19. State officials reported 163 new cases of the virus on Friday, bringing the total since the start of the outbreak to 585.