California governor issues ‘stay at home order’ for the entire state

The governor of California issued a statewide “stay at home order” on Thursday, ordering residents to leave their homes only when necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor of California issued a statewide “stay at home order” on Thursday, ordering residents to leave their homes only when necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Gavin Newsom said modeling has shown that 56% of California residents are expected to contract COVID-19 in the next eight weeks, requiring nearly 20,000 more hospital beds than the state currently can provide .

Earlier on Thursday, Newsom asked President Donald Trump to send a US Navy hospital ship to the Port of Los Angeles “immediately” as the state prepared for the expected increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

He said Los Angeles, as the country’s second city, is likely to be “disproportionately affected” by the pandemic in the coming weeks.

In a separate letter to congressional leaders, the governor called for additional federal funding for unemployment insurance and social protection programs and assistance for small businesses, schools and universities.

(AFP)