Louisiana is shuttering K-12 schools across the state until April 13 and banning public gatherings of more than 250 people, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Friday, the most dramatic steps taken yet in the state to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

The school closures are effective Monday. Edwards is slated to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. in New Orleans Friday with Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

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