All Californians, nearly 40 million people, have been ordered to stay at home except for when it is absolutely necessary for them to leave “until further notice” to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the order yesterday just an hour after officials in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the US, issued a similar mandate.
“This is a moment where we need some straight talk and we need to tell people the truth: We need to bend the curve in the state of California,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
The Los Angeles order came hours after the county announced its second death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 40 newly confirmed cases, bringing the county’s total number of infections to 231.
“This is a disease that can strike almost everybody who lives here in LA County, and there is no security in thinking that you’re either not going to be affected or don’t have the responsibility to protect others,” LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Each one us on any given day can be carrying this infection.”