Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many areas are in a state of lockdown, with people socially distancing and self-isolating at home.

The latest enforced shutdown as a result of COVID-19 has been imposed in Washington state. Keep scrolling for all the details, including any exceptions to the new measure.

The latest in a long line of coronavirus shutdowns has been announced today

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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee just addressed the public with a strict ruling to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The world is currently in an incredibly turbulent time.

The deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.

Over 300,000 people have now been infected with the virus.

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378,829, to be precise. And, tragically, a staggering 16,509 more have reportedly died from the illness.

And, here in the States, we aren't faring much better.

Since the first confirmed case of the virus in Washington in February, the numbers have risen to 43,721 across the full country, and a further 552 have died.

Several cities have declared states of emergencies...

And a number of different states have been forced to close their restaurants and bars in an attempt to prevent any further spread of the virus.

World leaders have been scrambling to find a solution to the outbreak for months now...

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But our own President has taken a little bit longer to consider the pandemic as a serious threat.

Trump has remained valiantly confident in America's resilience to the virus.

In January, just after the initial COVID-19 outbreak, he was quizzed on his thoughts on the virus, in which he replied: “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine."

And, even when the number of COVID-19 cases in America started to climb...

He remained calm, and repeatedly stressed that there was nothing to be too worried about.

Trump has persistently fought against the media regarding the pandemic.

And, at one point, even dubbed the virus as being a "fake news media" conspiracy.

And, as the months trickled by...

President Trump simply wouldn't budge from his stance on the virus and even went on to compare it to the common flu. This was one of his most dangerous and false statements about the virus, and caused plenty of outrage amongst both Americans and people all over the world.

And, the very next day, the President was accused of "lying" to the American public regarding free medical testing.

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“When people need a test, they can get a test," he said earlier this month. “When the professionals need a test, when they need tests for people, they can get the test. It’s gone really well." However, this certainly wasn't the case, and millions of Americans, to this day, are still struggling to get tested for the virus.

Things needed to change.

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And fast. As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths grew here in the States, people were growing increasingly more concerned with Trump's blaze attitude regarding the pandemic.

But, thankfully, Trump seemed to have a sudden change of heart.

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On March 13th, mere days after he compared COVID-19 to the common flu, he finally declared a national emergency.

This move freed up around $50 billion in federal funding...

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And promised a new screening website and more drive-by medical tests.

It seems that now, President Trump is finally taking the pandemic seriously.

In a press conference on Monday, Trump admitted: "We have a problem that a month ago nobody ever thought about."

The President has been doing some serious backtracking.

Last week he insisted that he "felt it was a pandemic long before it was declared a pandemic."

He has now been sending a very different message to his people...

And, like the other world leaders have all been doing, has been encouraging his citizens to band together and support one another.

And he has sent out a message of love and positivity to all those affected by the virus.

"We love them, we're with them, we will not let them down!"

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently made a huge announcement.

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Addressing the public last week, he announced that all nonessential workers should stay at home. "What you do can affect my health," he said. "That's where we're at now."

And today, it appears that Washington state have followed suit.

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a new order today that requires residents to stay at home for the next 2 weeks in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, CNN reports. This order will take effect immediately. Although, exceptions are being made for people whose jobs are deemed as "critical" and grocery shopping.