Bars in Los Angeles and six other Californian counties were ordered to close again on Sunday as parts of the United States reimpose shutdown measures to try to quell a surge in coronavirus cases. About half are concentrated in Los Angeles County, which surpassed 100,000 cases earlier this week. Hospitalization rates are climbing fastest in rural Imperial, Kings and Stanislaus counties.
An additional 6,367 COVID-19 cases were reported across the state in the last day, according to the state.
"While it's disappointing to take a step back on our economic recovery journey, it's critical that we protect the health of our residents and protect the capacity in our health-care system", Dr Barbara Ferrer, the county's director of public health, said in a statement.
On Saturday, the state reported a rise of almost 6,000 confirmed virus cases from the day before.
More than 2.5 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the USA and more than 125,000 have died, the most in the world. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
Covid-19: One further death, three new cases
The Chief Medical officer has expressed concern at the high number of young people with cases of Covid-19 in today's figures. Offaly has a recorded total of 483 people with coronavirus while Laois figures remain at 265 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Gov. Gavin Newsom displays a face mask as he urges people to wear them to fight the spread of the coronavirus during a news conference in Rancho Cordova on Friday, June 26, 2020. Raising one's voice in a loud bar leads to greater projection of droplets, they said.
Three months after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an unprecedented statewide stay-at-home order created to stem the spread of the coronavirus, California recorded its highest single-day count of COVID-19 cases.
The order affects seven counties, including Kern, after they were on a list of monitored countries that saw a spike of the novel coronavirus over a 14-day consecutive period, according to a news release.
"We are actively monitoring COVID-19 across the state and working closely with counties where there are increased rates and concerning patterns of transmission", the state public health officer, Dr. Sonia Angell, said. "Closing bars in these counties is one of a number of targeted actions counties are implementing across our state to slow the virus' spread and reduce risk".
The surge in cases has been most pronounced in southern and western states that did not follow health officials' recommendations to wait for a steady decline in cases before reopening.