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Governor Gavin Newsom To Lift Covid-19 Stay-At-Home Orders In California 

Despite California being one of the most infected Covid-19 hot spots of the entire world, Governor Gavin Newsom is announcing this week that he will lift all regional coronavirus stay-at-home orders for the state. This means establishments that promote close contact such as restaurants, gyms, and bars, will be able to reopen in certain counties. 

All counties in the state will return to the colored tier system that applies local risk levels based on case numbers and rates of positive test results. Most counties are expected to go into the “widespread” risk tier, which “permits hair salons to offer limited services indoors, but restricts many other nonessential indoor business operations. The change is expected to take effect immediately after Newsom’s announcement this Monday,” according to the Los Angeles Times. 

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Los Angeles County has become a national/international hotbed of the coronavirus. Hospitals have been completely overwhelmed by patients, Southern California is reporting close to 0% availability in ICU beds. In less than a month more than 5,000 people have died of Covid-19 in LA County alone. 

Outdoor dining bans and stay-at-home orders, however, have been widely opposed due to the economic impact of having so many local businesses shut down indefinitely. However, critics then just raised the point that the government should be bailing out those businesses and placing every American’s health and safety as the top priority. 

The stay-at-home orders were initially enforced in the beginning of December in an effort to reduce the amount of stress hospitals were under as case numbers continued to rise exponentially due to the holidays. Once ICU beds have a capacity of over 15%, certain regional shutdowns can be lifted, according to Newsom’s office. 

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However, earlier this month Newsom lifted the orders for the Greater Sacramento region despite daily reports of available ICU beds never approaching even close to the 15% threshold which was thought to be a state requirement for lifting the restrictions. 

The Bay area has reported a 23.4% ICU bed capacity, and has on the other hand remained under the stay-at-home order due to a four-week projection of a decrease in hospital bed availability for the area. As of this Saturday Southern California showed literally no ICU availability, and the San Joaquin Valley region reported a 1.3% capacity. These numbers were released two days ago, and Newsom is still moving forward with lifting some of the state’s restrictions. 

Health officials are also expressing major concern over a new and potentially more contagious variant of the virus that has been detected in California. One of the newer variants is thought to be 50% more transmissible than the already extremely contagious standard Covid-19 virus that we’ve been fighting for the past ten months. 

Two weeks ago certain officials were in talks to close down the state’s malls and outdoor gyms, however, no action was taken, and those establishments continue to stay open. Only time will tell if more federal action from the Biden administration is taken to give these states the opportunity to recover.

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Germany Breaks Record For Covid-19 Deaths, Enters New Lockdown

This week Germany broke its record for Covid-19 deaths within a 24 hour period after 952 individuals unfortunately lost their lives to the virus. The previous record for the country was 598, which was set just last week. These staggering numbers have forced Germany to enter another nationwide lockdown to hopefully curb the spread of this virus that has now infected nearly 1.4 million people in the country. 

According to the Robert-Koch-Institute (RKI), Germany tallied 27,728 new cases on Tuesday alone, the nation has been surpassing 20,000 new cases a day for some time now, hence the nationwide lockdown. The lockdown went into effect this Wednesday, so it’s likely more cases will continue to appear within the next two weeks, and hopefully after that curve will start to flatten. 

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German leaders are extremely concerned with the growing number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The head of RKI recently released a statement in which they claimed that the pandemic was “as serious as it has ever been” for the country; RKI has been monitoring Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic much like Johns Hopkins University has been here in the US. 

“At the moment far too many people are getting infected, and we need to be prepared for the situation to get much worse over Christmas.” 

Germany’s Health Minister, Jens Spahn, has joined a multitude of other European country leaders and ministers to call upon the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to approve a vaccine as soon as possible. The country is expected to begin vaccinating residents within two to four days of the vaccines approval. 

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According to Spahn the main “goal is to get approval before Christmas, as we want to start vaccinating in Germany before 2020 ends.” Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeir addressed the country in a rare speech this Wednesday, claiming that the pandemic is literally “dead serious” and it should be taken as such. 

“From Wednesday onwards, our public and private life will be more restricted than we have ever seen in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Drastic measures can’t be avoided this time.”

Chancellor Angela Merkel made the official lockdown announcement this past weekend. Under these new restrictions all non-essential retail and business services will be closed until January 10th, 2021. All schools and kindergartens will also be closed until that date, and Christmas gatherings are to be limited to just five people; unless you’ve been quarantining in a house with more than five people of course. 

“If we have too many contacts now before Christmas, and that ends up making it the last Christmas with the grandparents, then we will have failed. We should not do that,” the Chancellor said in her passionate address to the nation. The head of RKI added to this statement claiming that he already expects Germany to see a massive rise in cases within the next few weeks, but there is hope that this strict shutdown will curb the spread and hopefully relieve some of the pressure for the country’s brave healthcare industry workers.

California Shutdown Is Causing Restaurants And Other Businesses To Struggle Greatly

After an intense second-wave of Covid-19 infections, California Governor Gavin Newsom shutdown the state with measures that yet again restricted a multitude of businesses and restaurants from making an income.