(Bloomberg) – California added 15,442 new cases of coronavirus, reaching a new peak after the state’s curfew began on Saturday night.
The cases reached a record 13,005 infections on Friday, leading to nearly 1.1 million. The death toll has risen from 86 to 18,643, according to state data. The increased workload of patients left hospitals in California with only 1921 beds with intensive covers, close to the minimum in July.
In most counties, a curfew will be imposed for one month from 22:00 to 05:00 to reduce the rate of infection, affecting areas that cover 37 million people, or 94% of the population.
Only 10 countries worldwide have more cases than California, where the number of cases now exceeds the cases in Mexico and Germany, which are hotspots for the pandemic.
Gov. Gavin Newsum said earlier in the week that the curfew would halt insignificant work and rallies to “straighten the curve” again, reflecting growing anxiety among government officials as the third wave of coronavirus infections hit the state.
The jump in cases in California comes as infections in the United States exceed 12 million, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not traveling on cruise ships, citing the high risk of infection.
Officials also urged residents to avoid travel and reduce Thanksgiving gatherings – or cancel them altogether. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted on Saturday to remind residents to celebrate in practice or only with members of the same household.
The impact of the order in California on business will be limited and appears to be largely designed to prevent late night communication. Restaurants will have to close for dinner outdoors until 10pm, but can then continue to offer home-cooked food. People who work night shifts in factories, warehouses or logistics jobs will not be affected. Grocery stores open 24 hours will be able to stay that way.
For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com
© 2020 Bloomberg LP