California reimposes sweeping restrictions amid virus spike2 min read

-Azra Rizvi

Restrictions on businesses and public spaces have been reimposed by California in the middle of a sharp rise of corona virus infections in America’s most populous state.

The BBC reported that on Monday, Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California ordered an immediate halt to all indoor activities at restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, zoos, and museums in the wake of the corona virus.

In the countries of the south-western US state which have been worst-affected, churches, gyms, and hairdressers will also close.
There are more than 330,000 Covid-19 cases with more than 7,000 deaths in California.

There has been a 20% rise in people testing positive in the past two weeks and increasing numbers of Californians are now needing intensive care which has prompted the reimposition of the restrictions in the state with nearly 40 million people.

According to an analysis by Reuters news agency, over the last two weeks, in about 40 of America’s 50 states infections have surged rapidly.
In addition to California, Florida, Arizona, and Texas have emerged as centers of the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions which were lifted in May when infections had begun to drop have been reinstated by towns and counties across Florida.

However, on the east coast, New York City – which in April had one of the highest Covid-19 death rates in the world – no new fatalities have been recorded from the disease for the first time in four months.
Currently, there are more than 3.3 million confirmed Covid-19 cases across the United States, and more than 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

On Monday, Governor Newsom warned that “this virus is not going away anytime soon”.

He said that he hoped all of them recognized that if they “were still connected to some notion that somehow when it gets warm it’s going to go away or somehow it’s going to take summer months or weekends off – this virus has done neither.”

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