The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, announced a mandatory stay-at-night order for residents in counties that have seen a spike in coronavirus cases, and that span much of the state.
“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 & rdquor ;, the Democrat said in a statement.
The order issued by the California Department of Public Health will prohibit most non-essential activities away from home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., in counties that are in the purple level, the most restrictive on the state scale.
The restriction goes into effect on Saturday, November 21 and lasts until December 21, although it could be extended. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and delay hospitalizations before the death count rises. We’ve done it before and we need to do it again, & rdquor; warned Newsom.
For his part, the Secretary of Health and Human Services of California, Mark Ghaly, warned that “we may have to take stricter measures if we cannot flatten the curve (of infections) quickly. Taking these harsh and temporary measures now could help prevent future closures“.
“We know from our stay-at-home order this spring, which flattened the curve in California, that reducing movement and mixing of people dramatically slows the spread of COVID-19, hospitalizations and deaths & rdquor ;, settled.
Until this Thursday California registers 1,059,267 positive cases, 11,478 on the last day. Deaths related to the pandemic reached 18,466 deaths, 106 deaths reported this Thursday.
Los Angeles the most affected
County of The Angels registered this Thursday the highest number of covid-19 positives 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 rise much faster of what 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 warrant for stay at home as it was done in the spring.