The Governor of California, Gavin newsom, has decreed this Thursday a curfew in most of the state as a measure to curb the high rate of infections registered in recent days, a measure that will be in effect for a month, until next December 21.
Newsom’s decision comes tthree days after he announced the return to more restrictive measures due to the increase in daily infections registered in the state, when he already assured that they did not rule out imposing a curfew in the face of “the largest increase in cases since the beginning of this pandemic.”
In this sense, this more restrictive measure has finally been imposed through an order issued by the State Department of Public Health, which will go into effect next Saturday and will apply until December 21.
“The virus is spreading at a rate that we have not seen since the beginning of this pandemic and the next few days and weeks will be critical in stopping the increase. We are sounding the alarm, “Newsom said, according to statements collected by the” Los Angeles Times. “
This curfew prohibits non-essential activities away from home from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in counties that are in the strictest level of the plan designed by the authorities, in this case, the purple level.
California’s strategy establishes different levels, with more or less restrictive measures, based on the daily average of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the percentage of screening tests performed.
94 percent of the state’s inhabitants – approximately 37 million people – live in these purple areas where the most restrictive measures are being applied.
Since last Thursday, the state has counted a total of four records of more than 10,000 daily cases, figures that had not been reached since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Therefore, “it is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the number of deaths increases. We have done it before and we must do it again ”, asked Newsom.
However, despite the fact that state authorities have asked local authorities to enforce the curfew, not all counties have welcomed this new measure.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, for example, has assured that he would not enforce “any health or emergency orders related to curfew, stay at home, Thanksgiving or other social gatherings. inside or outside the home, the maximum occupancy or the masking mandates “, as reported by ‘Politico’.
California is one of the most affected states in the country, which continues to be the one with the worst figures in the world this Monday, with a total of 11,698,661 accumulated cases and 252,448 deaths due to COVID-19.