Newsom orders closure of indoor activities across California as coronavirus cases increase


Gavin Newsom on Monday extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed in most places as coronavirus cases keep rising in the nation's most populated state.

"The data suggests not everybody is practicing common sense", said Newsom, whose order takes effect immediately.

Newsom ordered bars to close all operations.

Newsom, a Democrat, announced during a press briefing that all bars across the state must close-up shop and that restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and card rooms have to suspend indoor activities. But on Monday, Newsom said that those counties - now 30 in total - on the state's monitoring list would also need to shut down indoor operations for fitness centers, worship services, offices for "non-critical sectors", malls, hair and nail salons and other personal care services.

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The most recent statistics by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on July 12 reveal that the state's COVID-19 hospitalization rate and positivity rate - which is a measure of community spread - are both "trending upward in the 14-day-average".

As of Monday, the state had reported more than 320,000 COVID-19 cases and over 7,000 deaths, with 23 people dying from the virus since Sunday.

The governor made the announcement during an update on the state's response to the pandemic. The counties with the highest number of cases include Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Diego, in that order.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the COVID-19 global death toll could grow more quickly in the future.