Coronavirus updates: Trump ponders return to normal life by Easter as death toll climbs

The cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 continued to rise in the United States on Tuesday, as lawmakers in the Senate continued to work to reach a deal on a massive aid package.

In New York City, the deaths linked to the disease rose to 192 with more than 15,500 cases, according to the city’s department of health. New York has been called the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., and the state overall has had more than 26,000 cases with 210 associated deaths.

The White House coronavirus coordinator asked people who have been in New York recently to quarantine themselves for 14 days, because they may have been exposed before leaving. President Donald Trump said he would like to see the country back to business by April 12, Easter Sunday, when he would like to see churches full of people, but the president said he would listen to the advice of his top health officials.

And after growing international pressure, Japan and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo games until next year but said they would happen no later than summer 2021.

Late on Monday, the United Kingdom went into lockdown as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to stem the spread of coronavirus. There have been more than 8,000 cases in the U.K. and 422 of those patients who tested positive have died, the government says.