California Announces Curfew to Curb Coronavirus Spread

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Medical personnel treat a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday. California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents to blunt a surge in coronavirus infections.

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The coronavirus continues to spread across California. There have been more than 68,000 new cases in the last week, and nearly 350 more deaths. Hoping to reduce the surge, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered most people to stay home, starting Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Newsom issued the order Thursday, making exceptions for essential workers and activities. “The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a news release. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.” The order applies only to high-risk counties, but those are 41 of California’s 58 counties. Just under 38 million people; 94% of the state’s population. A mask mandate has been in …

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