Walsh, Baker extend shutdowns as coronavirus cases increase

Gov. Charlie Baker extended the closure of schools in Massachusetts until May 4 and Mayor Martin Walsh extended the ban on construction projects until further notice during separate press conferences Wednesday.

The new measures came as the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Massachusetts rose to 1,838 cases amid increased testing. In Boston, there were 197 cases counted by yesterday afternoon, with 21 people having made a full recovery and two deaths.

Baker and Walsh’s orders also ran counter to signals from the President Donald Trump, who yesterday said that restrictions should be lifted by Easter.

Speaking about what he said are mixed messages coming from Washington, Walsh said the focus in Boston is on public health.

“Our focus should be on saving lives, preventing the spread of the virus,” he said in a briefing with reporters in front of City Hall. “There is no economic recovery without

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