California Governor Gavin Newsom announced at a press conference that the lockdown currently in effect in four regions of the state may be extended for more than three weeks.
Newsom said in particular that the original December 28 lockdown in the San Joaquin area and the December 30 lockdown in Southern California would likely be lifted. The order in Bay Erie expires Jan. 7, and Newsom said it is highly likely that restrictive measures will remain in place longer in all the hot spots.
“Based on these current trends, we will need to extend the lockdown,” said Newsom, who briefed from his home, where he has been quarantined for 10 days after the employee tested positive for coronavirus.
Late last month, Newsom imposed a stay-at-home order on most Californians to prevent local health systems from collapsing under the weight of the skyrocketing number of patients with COVID-19. Since the lockdown, the number of new patients in the 4 boroughs has dropped, though the state is still the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in America.