MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:25:15 +0000 California sets statewide curfew amid virus surge http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/32b3d26246ab4df48da9848f8d40e0ff California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system. (Nov. 19) 32b3d26246ab4df48da9848f8d40e0ff Fri, 20 Nov 2020 01:37:25 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH - MUST CREDIT ++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH - MUST CREDIT Sacramento, California - 19 November 2020 1. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary, California Health and Human Services:"We are going to, just as we did in March, we started with a full stay-at-home order. It was very effective. Californians came together. We were able to stay ahead of our curve and keep transmission low. Today, in a more focused way, based on many things we've learned over the past many months, I'll go over those things in just a moment, we are putting forward a limited stay-at-home order."  2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary, California Health and Human Services:"We're asking, as part of this targeted, limited stay-at-home order, that people are home by 10 and stay home till 5am. This means that many essential businesses, that we've in the past called non-essential businesses, there's a list of what's included and not included in that category, that we ask that they close operations by 10pm. That people can get home by then and that they stay home. And those businesses don't resume operations till at least 5am throughout all of the purple counties." 3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary, California Health and Human Services:"And even though we have hope about vaccine and the discussions about what lies ahead on that front, we have to take care of the urgency of the day. And in California, as we've enjoyed lower rates of transmission, lower numbers of cases, we too are seeing this surge growing faster and faster, and we must address it immediately."STORYLINE:California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system.What officials are calling a limited stay-at-home order requires people not working essential jobs to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Saturday. The order will last until Dec. 21 but could be extended if infection rates and disease trends don’t improve.The curfew covers 94% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents. It's in place in 41 of the state’s 58 counties that have the most significant increases in virus cases and face the most severe restrictions under California’s system for reopening the economy. It's a swift escalation just days after the state imposed the tougher restrictions limiting business operations in those 41 counties. It comes as COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths are surging nationwide ahead of Thanksgiving, when many will be tempted to gather with family and friends.It's the sort of announcement Gov Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, would normally make in person. But without offering an explanation, he did not attend a virtual news conference with the state's top health officers as he faces intense criticism for recently attending a party. He was at a pricey Napa Valley restaurant with lobbyists despite pleading with residents to avoid gatherings with people from multiple households.Hospitalizations across the state are up nearly 64% in 14 days, while the positivity rate has jumped from less than 3% to a seven-day rate of 5.6%. "In California, as we've enjoyed lower rates of transmission, lower numbers of cases, we too are seeing this surge growing faster and faster, and we must address it immediately," California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said at a briefing Thursday.The state recorded 11,478 cases Thursday, and about 12% of those cases will be hospitalized in the next two weeks, Ghaly said.While nonessential businesses must close by 10 p.m., restaurants will be permitted to offer takeout and delivery food and people can do some routine activities like walking the dog, Ghaly said. They will still be able to get medical care, pick up prescriptions and take care of other essential needs.California was the first state to impose a stay-at-home order in March, and Ghaly said health officials have learned many lessons since then that allow the new order to be more targeted in its approach. That first lockdown in the spring affected all residents, day and night, but Ghaly said overnight movements are more likely to involve social activities that bring increased risk of infection, particularly if people drink and let down their guard on precautions like wearing masks and staying a safe distance apart.The move brought some swift criticism.Curt Hagman, chairman of the San Bernardino County board of supervisors, said he understands the need for the state to drive home the message that residents must keep their guard up against the virus, but he doesn’t see a curfew as the way to do it.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system. (Nov. 19) California sets statewide curfew amid virus surge