California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement on the 19th that a “curfew” will be imposed in most of the most populous state in the United States to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
All areas in the state at the “purple” epidemic will be subject to a “curfew” from 21st of this month to December 21, during which all nonessential work, activities, and gatherings will be banned from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day, according to orders issued by Newsom and the California Public Health Service.
The “purple” level is the highest level of the four epidemic prevention levels currently announced in California. California’s 58 counties are currently in the “purple” rating, accounting for 94% of the total California population.
Newsom said in a statement that the current virus is spreading at an unprecedented rate since the outbreak, and the coming days and weeks are crucial to curbing the epidemic. He urged California residents to act immediately before the number of deaths soared to reduce the spread of the virus and slow the increase in hospitalization rates.
California has seen a significant increase in the number of new coronavirus cases recently, with more than 10,000 new cases in the past week. California has become the second state in the United States to have more than one million cases. According to the California Public Health Service, as of the 18th, the number of confirmed cases in California has exceeded 1.04 million, and the death toll has exceeded 18,000.