“Yesterday we had 259 deaths, which is one more than all the murders in 2019 in Los Angeles combined,” he said. “In one day, equal to a year of murders.”
The city of Los Angeles has a population of nearly 4 million people, while the population of the county is about 10 million.
“We are not, nor will we ever get used to these numbers, as usual. Nor will we accept them as something we just have to live with,” the mayor added. “Because each one of them means everything to someone out there today.”
“We all need to keep doing more,” he said.
And infections are growing – accelerating at an “alarming” pace, they added.
“Everyone in Los Angeles County, businesses and residents, must follow the rules if there is any chance of getting out of this tide by the end of the month,” Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.
“I beg everyone to stay home as much as possible. Shopping for anything but food and medicine and mixing with others are activities we should all stop doing in the next few weeks, as this increases the risk,” Ferrer added. . “There are too many people spreading the virus, too many sick and hospitalized, and every person who dies is too many.”