efe-epaBy Alfonso Fernandez Washington

The United States' Treasury secretary warned Tuesday of potential long-term economic damage if lockdown measures imposed by states to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus are further extended.

Steven Mnuchin made his remarks to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in a joint appearance via videoconference along with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who urged Congress to pass more fiscal stimulus in addition to the nearly $3 trillion already approved.