Despite unprecedented lockdowns and restrictive measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19 cases in California are still increasing.
Earlier this week, the state had confirmed more than 2 million cases, and the number of beds in many intensive care units was dangerously low. The California Department of Public Health said on Thursday that in Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the virus in California, approximately 14,000 residents test positive for COVID-19 every day and the hospital accepts 1,000 new coronavirus patients every day.
As of Thursday, the state had reported nearly 24,000 deaths, more than 39,000 new cases and 312 deaths in the 24 hours since Wednesday.
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Earlier this month, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) warned that when ICU bed capacity drops below 15%, strict lockdown measures will be implemented in the region. A few days later, Los Angeles County was placed under a new lockdown order.
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The order prohibits private gatherings of any size, and only critical infrastructure and retail stores can be opened. Bars, hair salons, barber shops, casinos and indoor and outdoor playgrounds have been ordered to close. The retail store’s capacity is limited to 20%, while restaurants must only be able to take out and deliver goods.
Residents must always wear masks when going out and continue to keep their physical distance from others.
The problem is that as people continue to gather with others outside their families, many people fail to follow these instructions. Some experts advocate strict restrictions, saying that officials should focus on the most vulnerable people.
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“Before vaccination, the correct way is to protect the elderly. Those people, especially those living in nursing homes, are those at the highest risk of death if they are infected.” COVID19, Dr. Jay, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University · Jay Bhattacharya said at the beginning of this month.
He said that the correct policy would be to protect the elderly, no matter where they are, they are elderly people suffering from chronic diseases, they are a member of the labor force, and basic workers such as gatekeepers or bus drivers.
He said: “Despite these extensive lockdown measures, they have caused great harm to non-elderly people. They have not made much contribution to slowing the spread of the disease.”
The World Health Organization’s special envoy, Dr. David Nabarro (David Nabarro) said that such restrictive measures can only be used as a last resort.
In an interview with the British magazine The Spectator, Nabarro said: “The World Health Organization does not advocate blockade as the main means of controlling this virus.”
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Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel also criticized the widespread blockade because it was an outdated model borrowed from the Spanish flu of 1918, and now the more effective “laser blockade” is.
Siegel said: “I want to perform a laser blockade to shut down the main criminals.” “Of course, bars are a problem-in the middle of the night people yelling, drinking each other, scolding each other dirty, or you are in a poorly ventilated bar. Any other things you do. But what use is this for outdoor restaurants with evacuation distances?”
According to the COVID Tracking Project, the virus has killed more than 320,000 people nationwide.
Bradford Betz of Fox News contributed to this report.