Coronavirus Update – Governor Orders ‘Stay at Home’ in California
The White House administration has asked the states not to release grim data on claims of unemployment, and Italy has surpassed China’s death toll.
Stay at home won’t be a permanent situation, Governor of California says.
Governor Gavin Newsom ordered almost 40 million residents of California to stay at homes except for essential work, expanding the restrictions around the State that Bay Area counties had already enacted.
Although, the order exempts travel for essential services like pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations. In large areas of the state, non-essential and leisure services like movie theatres, bars and gyms are recently called to shut. Restaurants are limited for takeout or deliveries only.
“This is not a permanent state, this is a moment in time,” Mr. Newsom addressed the press conference. “We will look back at these decisions as pivotal.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and other LA County leaders ordered the residents to stay at their homes as long as possible but they can travel for essentials. “Tonight our responsibility is to save as many lives and flatten that curve,” Mr. Garcetti said. “This is an act of love.”
Mr. Newsom also said that the state was predicting around 56% of California’s population might be infected with the COVID-19 over the 8-week period. A stunning headline rippled the news. But on the 19th night, he mentioned he hoped that extreme measures would stop this count.
“The point of the stay-at-home order is to make those numbers moot,” he said.
As of the end of 19th March, there are 1040 cases of the infections found in California and 19 people are dead according to the report from the New York Times. But as attention grows that many cases are still undetected, authorities and leaders are focusing on ways to extend the capacity of health care systems and help the residents who were already dangling over the financial wave.