Los Angeles residents are ordered to stay in their homes effective immediately as Mayor Eric Garcetti banned all travel including walking, closed non-essential businesses and threatened to arrest anyone breaking the new lockdown rules as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge.
The city, where 4 million residents live, was told the new move was ‘necessary for the protection of life and property in the City of Los Angeles’.
Garcetti urged residents to ‘cancel everything’. He said no one should be hosting gatherings or going to gatherings.
Los Angeles County, the nation’s largest with about 10 million residents, recorded its highest daily total of cases Tuesday with more than 7,500 and on Wednesday fell just shy of 6,000, still one of the highest to date.
The U.S. also recorded a record 2,733 deaths in 24-hours – the highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations also reached a record 100,226 and cases across the country surpassed 200,000.