The United States on Monday ordered people to stay at home, except as needed, with other local authorities in the country taking similar steps to address the spread of the virus.

The government has been urging people to stay at home and ordered the suspension of unnecessary business activities, with gyms and clothing shops being listed by authorities, for example.

The effective regulation Wednesday "strengthens the mayor's direction for people to stay indoors except for necessary actions," the authorities said in a statement. At least 140,000 people were killed and more than 3,000 were killed. By: Chhouk Bora