Published on : Saturday, March 21, 2020
The California government has issued a “stay at home” order to all of its residents as it tries to erase the spreading of Coronavirus across the state. Governor Gavin Newsom told Californians they should only leave their homes when necessary during the pandemic. The novel coronavirus has gone global reaching most of the nations throughout the world. This outburst in China now becomes a worldwide pandemic. Since it was first identified in mid-December (Wuhan Province in China), the virus has killed more than 6,512 people worldwide. It is also reported that 169,377 confirmed (4125 new) infected.
He earlier estimated more than half of the 40 million people in his state would contract Covid-19 in just the next two months. The virus has claimed 205 lives in the US and infected more than 14,000. Globally nearly 250,000 patients have tested positive for the respiratory illness and more than 10,000 have died.
California’s mandate is the most drastic step taken by a US state to combat COVID-19.
On Friday, New York State also escalated containment efforts, ordering all non-essential employees to work from home, barring evictions and issuing social distancing rules for citizens.
The governor did not offer an end date to the order in his address, though he noted this is “not a permanent state, this is a moment in time”.
California is among the first US states to bring in blanket restrictions. Earlier this week Nevada said that the non-essential businesses should close for 30 days. The governor’s order will allow residents to leave their homes to buy groceries or medicine, or walk a dog or take exercise, but seeks to limit public interactions. It will force businesses deemed non-essential to close, while allowing others including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and petrol stations to stay open.
The Democratic Governor said parts of the state were seeing infection rates double every four days.
The governor did not clarify how his officials had calculated that figure, which would amount to nearly 22.5 million infected people.
But his spokesman acknowledged the estimate did not take into account the mitigation measures being implemented state-wide.
Police have said they will take a soft approach to enforcing the order. A number of local departments told US media they will not arrest individuals ignoring the policy – though violating it can lead to a citation – and hope issuing warnings will keep people at home.
This is the most drastic measure that any US state governor has taken to try to tame the virus – going further even than New York, which has more coronavirus cases than California.