The governor of California (USA), Gavin Newsom, announced the curfew in counties that have seen a rebound in coronavirus cases and that cover a large part of the state.
The order issued by the California Department of Public Health requires residents to stay at home at night and prohibits most non-essential activities outside the home between 10 at night until 5 in the morning in counties that are at the purple level, the most restrictive on the state scale.
“The virus is spreading at a rate that we have not seen since the beginning of this pandemic and the next days and weeks will be critical in stopping the increase. We are raising the alarm, “said the Democratic politician in a statement.
The restriction takes effect on Saturday, November 21 and will last until December 21, although it could be extended.
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“It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and delay hospitalizations before the death toll rises. We’ve done it before and we must do it again, ”Newsom warned.
For his part, California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly warned that stricter measures may be taken if the curve is not flattened quickly.
“We know from our stay-at-home order this spring, which flattened the curve in California, that reducing movement and mixing of people dramatically reduces the spread of COVID-19, hospitalizations and deaths,” he settled.
As of this Thursday, California registers 1,059,267 positive cases, 11,478 in the last day. Deaths related to the pandemic reached 18,466, 106 reported this Thursday.
California # COVID19 Numbers:
Confirmed cases to date: 1,072,272
Note: The numbers may not represent the true changes from day to day as the reporting of test results may be delayed. pic.twitter.com/9XnoXN8auE
– CA Public Health (@CAPublicHealth) November 20, 2020
Los Angeles County registered the highest number of positives in the covid-19 in a single day since the pandemic began last March, when it exceeded 5,000 cases for the first time.
Los Angeles County health officer Muntu Davis said in a briefing that the region “is now seeing a much faster increase than we saw during the summer.”
This Wednesday’s number had already caused alarm among health authorities, when the figure reached 3,944 positive cases.
If cases average 4,500 or more for 5 days in a row, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county would establish another stay-at-home order as was done in the spring.
Last Friday California, Washington and Oregon they asked travelers arriving in those states to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
The United States is the country most affected by the pandemic in the world, with 11.6 million cases and more than 250,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.