(Bloomberg) – California added 15,442 new cases of coronavirus and hit a new high as the state’s night ban begins on Saturday night.
The cases peaked Friday’s record of 13,005 infections, bringing the total to nearly 1.1 million. The death toll rose by 86 to 18,643, state data show. The increased patient population left California hospitals with only 1,921 beds available with intensive care cases, near the low in July.
A curfew from kl. 22 to kl. 5 will be imposed in most counties for a month to ease the rate of infection affecting areas involving 37 million people or 94% of the population.
Only 10 countries globally have more cases than California, where the number of cases now exceeds the cases in Mexico and Germany, which have been hot spots for the pandemic.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said earlier this week that the curfew stops non-essential work and gatherings to “flatten the basket again,” reflecting a growing alarm among state officials as the third wave of coronavirus infections hitting the state gains momentum.
The leap in California’s case comes as infections across the United States have exceeded 12 million, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommended against all cruise ship travel, citing the high risk of infection.
Officials have also urged residents to avoid traveling and cut back on Thanksgiving gatherings – or cancel them altogether. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted Saturday to remind residents to celebrate almost or only with members of the same household.
The impact of California orders on businesses will be limited and appears to be largely aimed at preventing social evenings at night. Restaurants will have to close outdoor seating at 22, but they can continue to offer pickup afterwards. People who work shifts overnight in factories, warehouses or logistics jobs will not be affected. Grocery stores that are open 24 hours a day will be able to remain that way.
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