California rolls back reopening to control COVID-19 spread

Los Angeles, US, Jul 13 (efe-epa).- California on Monday rolled back its reopening plan, ordering the closure of bars and the interior of restaurants and a wide variety of nonessential businesses in all counties due to the coronavirus epidemic.

“We are now effectively, rather, effective today, requiring all counties to close their indoor activities, their indoor operations in the following sectors, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, card rooms, and the shuttering of all bars,” said Governor Gavin Newsom in a televised conference.

“Every county in the state of California impacted by a requirement now to modify indoor operations and to expand opportunities for outdoor operations in these specific categories,” he added.

The Democrat insisted on asking residents to limit going in public, if they have to, to do so in outdoor spaces.

At least 30 counties are currently under surveillance by Californian health authorities due to the spike in cases, which on Monday reached a total of 329,162 positive coronavirus cases across the state.

Although Newsom had ordered the closure of bars in certain high-contagion areas weeks ago, the requirement now has been extended to the entire state, as well as the inside of restaurants and other businesses such as wine tasting rooms, although they may tend to clients outdoors.

In addition, all counties under surveillance and representing approximately 80 percent of the state’s nearly 40 million residents, including Los Angeles, have to shut down indoor operations for additional sectors due to the risk of COVID-19 spreading, and additional openings based on county variations are no longer allowed, Newsom warned.

“This continues to be a deadly disease,” said the Democrat, when the state registered 7,040 deaths related to the virus.

Newsom said the state is working to mitigate the long-term spread of the disease, until there is an effective vaccine or therapy.

“COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, until there is a vaccine and or an effective therapy,” he said.

California leads the way in some of the work being done to find a vaccine and treatment for COVID-19, the Democrat said.

The last daily report registered 8,358 positive cases of COVID-19, which led to an average of 8,211 cases in the last seven days, 335 more than last week.

The state’s positive case rate is now 7.4 percent ove the past 14 days, but in the last seven, the rate has risen to 7.7 percent.

Newsom’s announcement comes after districts of Los Angeles and San Diego, the second largest system of educational facilities in the country, announced on Monday that face-to-face classes will not reopen at the beginning of the next academic year. EFE-EPA


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