December 7, 2020 5:07 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. Some 33 million people residing in different regions of California (USA) were forced to stay at home on Monday due to strict confinement due to the increase in the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in that state.
The restrictions are the most severe since the first wave in March and April. These went into effect on Sunday at 23:59 local time (08:59 GMT Monday), after the capacity of the Intensive Care Units (ICU) fell below 15% in two regions of the state: the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California (which includes Los Angeles and San Diego).
In the San Francisco Bay Area, they became operational at 10:00 p.m. local time on Sunday (06:00 GMT on Monday).
The state order caused the immediate closure of hairdressers, beauty salons, playgrounds, bars, warehouses, cinemas, museums and zoos. The restaurants also closed, although they will be able to continue serving take-out food and making home deliveries.
Unlike what happened in March and April, the stores may remain open, but They will only be able to accommodate 20% of the total number of clients that their capacity allows, while the schools will continue to operate in person.
COVID-19 in California
In total, some 27 million people residing in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, and six million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area were affected by the lockdown imposed by the Governor of California, Gavin newsom.
The Southern California region is made up of five of the state’s most populous counties: Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino.
In addition to the regions mentioned, the Californian government divided the state, of almost 40 million inhabitants, into two more areas: Northern California and Sacramento.
California again recorded the highest daily number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations Saturday with more than 25,000 new confirmed infections and about 10,200 hospital admissions.
On average, in the last week, new cases in California shot up to 15,000 a day. For their part, deaths have gone from around fifteen a day in early November to 113 last Wednesday.