- BBC World News
California has put a curfew into effect since Saturday night in an attempt to stem the increase in coronavirus cases.
The latest figures from the western US state now they are worse than the previous August record. And across the country, the number of COVID-19-related deaths per day has surpassed 2,000 for the first time since May.
To date, more than 12 million confirmed infections nationwide, as well as 255,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
This is by far the highest death toll in the world from the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also urged Americans to avoid travel during the Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, one of America’s most important holidays. .UU.
What happens in California?
Almost all the inhabitants of the state of California are forced to stay home at night since Saturday.
The new curfew will apply from 22:00 to 05:00 (time local) until December 21, with a possible extension if necessary, according to authorities.
Approximately 40 million people live there, making it the most populous state in the United States.
Restaurants may offer take-out and home delivery services outside of curfew hours.
The order affects 41 of California’s 58 counties, where 94% of the state’s population lives.
Last week it surpassed the barrier of one million confirmed cases of covid-19, making it the second state to pass that mark, along with Texas.
The latest measures are not as stringent as the restrictions imposed between March and May, when all non-essential travel and business were banned.
“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 rise,” Governor Gavin Newsom said.
Hospital admissions increased 61% statewide in the past two weeks, according to the newspaper Los Angeles Times.
Traveling on Thanksgiving
The CDC has recommended that Americans “consider” avoiding Thanksgiving trips and gatherings. It is not a prohibition, but it is a call to avoid it.
But on Friday, President Donald Trump retweeted the words of Republican Congressman Jim Jordan: “Don’t lock up the country. Don’t impose curfews. Don’t close schools. Let the Americans decide for themselves. And celebrate Thanksgiving. “.
President-elect Joe Biden has also said he is against imposing a national quarantine and is in favor of states setting their own rules.
On Thursday, the White House coronavirus task force held its first public briefing in months, with Vice President Mike Pence as a participant.
The task force said indoor meetings should be limited for the next two weeks.
However, on Saturday, US media noted that Pence’s wife, Karen, had sent an invitation to a “Christmas crafts” gathering at her home on December 9 for members of the Congressional Club.
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