Coronavirus: California Governor Orders Residents To Stay Home


A woman walks wearing a mask to protect herself from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Los Angeles, California on March 19, 2020.  Apu GOMES / AFP
A girl walks sporting a masks to guard herself from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Los Angeles, California on March 19, 2020. Apu GOMES / AFP


All 40 million residents of California have been Thursday ordered to remain at dwelling indefinitely in a bid to battle the coronavirus pandemic within the nation’s most populous state.

The statewide directive, which Governor Gavin Newsom stated goes into impact “this evening,” is probably the most dramatic containment measure but by a US state.

“There is a recognition of our interdependence that requires of this moment that we direct a statewide order for people to stay at home,” he stated.

No finish date was set for the measure as a result of the pandemic is a “dynamic situation,” stated Newsom.

California has been among the many worst hit by the virus, with no less than 18 confirmed deaths thus far, based on a Johns Hopkins University tally.

Around 1,000 Californians have examined constructive.

Although a compulsory government order, the measure will probably not be enforced by police, Newsom stated.

“People I think recognize the need to do more, and to meet this moment, and people will self-regulate their behavior,” he stated.

Essential jobs and duties akin to grocery purchasing could be exempt, he stated.

“We want people to go to essential jobs — we want people to deal with their essentials in a thoughtful and judicious way.”

Gas stations, pharmacies, banks and laundry companies all depend as “critical infrastructure” and can stay open.

Restaurants can nonetheless present take-out and supply, and meals banks will nonetheless function.

In a letter to US President Donald Trump Wednesday requesting federal assist, Newsom had warned that circumstances have been doubling each 4 days in some elements of the state.

“We project that roughly 56 percent of our population — 25.5 million people — will be infected with the virus over an eight week period,” he wrote.

The new stay-at-home order is meant to cut back that determine, Newsom stated Thursday.

“The point of the stay at home order is to make those numbers move — to bend that curve,” he stated.

“That means that projection no longer becomes a reality because we changed our behavior.”

Under the projections, California would have a shortfall of round 10,000 hospital beds, Newsom stated.

In addition to the isolation order, college dormitories, inns and motels have been being leased to offer more room.

Newsom’s announcement got here moments after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had imposed an identical order on the state’s largest metropolis.

That order prohibited gatherings in enclosed areas of greater than 10 folks.

Several counties within the Bay Area, together with San Francisco, had already imposed comparable stay-at-home measures earlier within the week.

Newsom on Thursday additionally wrote a letter to Congress requesting “more than $1 billion in initial funding” for California to sort out the pandemic.

“If we’re to be criticized at this moment, let us be criticized for taking this moment seriously,” stated Newsom.”

“That, is being criticized for going full force and meeting this virus head on.”

He added: “It’s time for all of us to recognize, as individuals and as a community, we need to do more.”



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