The coronavirus disease, which started in Asia, has found its way to Europe and the United States. The outbreak in the United States is causing the states to mandate home isolation.
California has seen 19 deaths and over 900 positive cases. Governor Gavin Newsom is asking its 40 million residents to stay home. Gov. Newsom’s mandate is the first statewide mandatory restrictions in the United States to fight the coronavirus. It became official at midnight on Thursday.
“Go about the essential patterns of life. But do so by socially distancing themselves from others and do so using a common sense,” Newsom said according to CNN. “Home isolation is not my preferred choice, but it is a necessary one. This is not a permanent state; it is a moment in time.”
Californians can still leave home for essential things such as food, prescriptions, health care and commuting to jobs. Essential services such as groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, delivery restaurants, banks, local government offices and law enforcement agencies will remain open. Nonessential services such as sit-down restaurants, bars, gyms and convention centers will shut down.
In a letter to Trump, Newsom said, “We project that roughly 56% of our state’s population — 25.5 million people — will be infected with the virus over an eight-week period.”
He added that “if we change our behaviors, that inventory will come down; if we meet this moment, we can truly bend the curve to reduce the need to surge — to have to go out to have to cobble together all those assets together.”
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