California, Texas see document Covid-19 surges as Arizona clamps down
Two of the most important southwestern states marked document spikes in new coronavirus infections on Monday as Los Angeles reported an “alarming” one-day surge that put America’s second-largest metropolis over 100,000 instances of the respiratory illness.
Los Angeles has change into a brand new epicentre within the pandemic as coronavirus instances and hospitalisations surge there regardless of governor Gavin Newsom’s strict orders requiring bars to shut and residents to put on masks in almost all public areas.
“The alarming will increase in instances, positivity charges and hospitalisations indicators that we, as a group, have to take instant motion to gradual the unfold of Covid-19,” Barbara Ferrer, director of public well being for Los Angeles County, stated in a press release asserting the sharp rise. “In any other case, we’re rapidly shifting towards overwhelming our healthcare system and seeing much more devastating sickness and loss of life.”
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti introduced a “laborious pause” on when film theaters, theme parks and different leisure venues can reopen.
Los Angeles County stated its seashores might be closed for the Independence Day weekend and fireworks shows might be banned.
Statewide optimistic checks for Covid-19 rose by at the least 7,418 in California on Monday to just about 223,000, the most important one-day enhance since monitoring started.
California is amongst numerous states together with Florida, Texas and Arizona battling a brand new wave of infections because the nation emerges from weeks of lockdown. Covid-19 infections in Texas rose by 6,545 on Monday to just about 160,000, additionally setting a document for a one-day enhance.
Nationally, instances rose by greater than 40,000, for the fourth time previously 5 days.
Arizona governor Doug Ducey has in the meantime ordered the closure of bars, nightclubs, gyms, film theaters and water parks for at the least 30 days. Ducey additionally delayed the beginning of public faculties till at the least 17 August. “Our expectation is that subsequent week our numbers might be worse,” Ducey stated at a day information convention.