- Los Angeles County, one of the most populous counties in the US, has more confirmed coronavirus cases than all of Canada, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday.
- As of Sunday, Los Angeles County reported more than 133,500 coronavirus infections, while Canada has detected just under 110,000 confirmed cases.
- In the last few weeks, California has seen record-high daily increases in coronavirus infections amid reopening efforts.
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom reinstated health safety restrictions, like closing indoor dining and other indoor activities, in an effort to mitigate the rapid spread of the virus.
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Los Angeles County has more confirmed coronavirus cases than all of Canada, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday.
As of Sunday, Los Angeles county reported more than 133,500 coronavirus infections, according to a county press release. Canada has detected just under 110,000 confirmed cases, citing data from a case tracker by Johns Hopkins University.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti just said that the county has more cases than all of Canada. If LA County were an independent country, we would have the 20th most cases in the world. He also said al fresco dining is still open.
— Cerise Castle (@cerisecastle) July 14, 2020
Among other states, California has seen record-high daily increases in coronavirus cases amid reopening efforts, prompting the state’s Gov. Gavin Newsom to reinstate restrictions to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Newsom announced Monday that the state would once again close bars and indoor restaurant dining, though open-air dining is still allowed. Indoor museums and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums will be closed, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Public Health.
The 29 counties on the state’s coronavirus watch list are also mandated to shut down indoor activities at places of worship, non-essential offices, malls, and personal care services – including hair and nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors.
Last week, Garcetti issued a stark warning to LA county residents who tested negative for the coronavirus, saying that a negative test result is “not a passport to party.“
“You should assume everyone around you is infectious,” Garcetti said. “Don’t go out with your friends.”
Barbara Ferrer, director of public health in Los Angeles County, encouraged residents to follow the reinstated restrictions in another effort “flatten the curve.”
“We need our residents to repeat what we did just weeks ago if we are going to flatten the curve again,” Ferrer said in a statement.
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