COVID-19: LA approaches ‘devastating tipping point’ as California imposes new lockdowns | American News

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New lockdowns have been ordered in America’s most populous state in the face of what its governor has called the “final push” of COVID-19.

Gavin Newsom announced new modified stay-at-home orders for 40 million residents of California after a dramatic increase in coronavirus case numbers.

Orders come into play when hospitals in a region have less than 15% of their critical care beds available.

It extends an ordinance already in place in Los Angeles where Mayor Eric Garcetti warned the city was approaching a “devastating tipping point” after a record spike in cases this week.

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Hundreds of cars lined up for testing at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles last week

Leaders urged the public to abide by the new restrictions in hopes of suppressing the new infections before the expected arrival of a widespread vaccination.

In March, the first lockdowns in California allowed the state to avoid the fate of places like New York.

The new rules are less restrictive and full of exemptions, and lockdown fatigue has been shown to affect compliance.

At the weekly Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, the number of shoppers is limited, but there is always a feeling of commotion in the heat of a Southern California winter morning.

The new rules received a warm welcome from farmers.

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Health booster on Los Angeles bus as infections in city rise

“I don’t think it’s warranted,” said Greg Nauta. “Back up, in a space shuttle and look at Earth and see what happens. They destroy the economy. ”

The sentiment of buyers could not have been different. “Just wear the scary mask,” one said.

But 30 kilometers south in Long Beach, hundreds marched to protest the impact of the new lockdowns on businesses, especially a new ban on outdoor eating.

Among the protesters, with an American flag on her shoulder, restaurant owner Jennifer Mlouk said: “We have all spent thousands and thousands of dollars to be compliant and then be shut down like this.

“It’s not just the owners, my husband and I have 30 employees who have had to leave for the second time in eight months. ”

But public health officials are also frustrated at the risk that people will not comply.

Anne Rimoin, a famous virus hunter and professor of epidemiology at the University of California Los Angeles, said: “History, when they talk about the pandemic, they are going to write about this moment when we lost so many lives so that we didn’t. You don’t need to, when this virus has gotten out of hand, and that’s what happens. ”

The Centers for Disease Control has warned that the next few months will be the most serious public health crisis the United States has ever faced.

But the public could be forgiven for struggling with some conflicting messages.

More than 500 people having booked COVID tests at a pop-up Los Angeles center were then told it would be closed so a movie could be shot nearby.

The shutdown was later called off, but it caused unnecessary confusion on the same day the city recorded its highest number of new cases.

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