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Most Infected U.S. County to Shut Down Restaurants, Again

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 23/11/2020 02:18:16 Linus Chua
a street filled with lots of traffic: A driver receives a testing kit at a Curative Inc. Covid-19 drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. California passed the grim milestone of 1 million infections as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said almost no part of the country is being spared in the surge. © BloombergA driver receives a testing kit at a Curative Inc. Covid-19 drive-thru testing site in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. California passed the grim milestone of 1 million infections as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said almost no part of the country is being spared in the surge.

(Bloomberg) --

America's most infected metropolitan area will be shutting down outdoor dining again.

The Greater Los Angeles area added 2,718 new coronavirus cases Sunday, with the five-day average exceeding the 4,000 threshold that triggered additional measures where restaurants, breweries and bars will once again limit their businesses to just pick-up and delivery. The new curbs will start at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

"If our cases and hospitalizations continue to increase, we will need to issue further restrictions to protect our health-care system and prevent more deaths," Barbara Ferrer, director of public health for Los Angeles County, said in a statement Sunday.

Sunday's case count brought the total for the Greater Los Angeles area to 364,520, the highest among counties in the U.S. -- and exceeding even those in nations including Canada, Saudi Arabia and Austria.

The Los Angeles area, with a population of about 10 million, had already imposed additional measures starting Friday night, including limiting capacity for retail stores, offices and restaurants. Non-essential shops and restaurants must also close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., except for takeout, delivery and pick-up.

Still, the county was spared from a lockdown. A five-day average of 4,500 cases could trigger a three-week "Safer at Home" order. The hospitalization of more than 2,000 a day would also lead to similar curbs.

Ahead of the Thanksgiving break, officials across the U.S. have urged residents to avoid travel and scale back gatherings -- or cancel them altogether. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reminded residents to avoid gatherings for the holiday.

"Your bubble is bigger than you think," he said.

California, which had a record number of cases over the weekend, started its 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew on Saturday night across most of the state, affecting areas that encompass 37 million people, or 94% of the population.

(Adds comment from Los Angeles mayor in eighth paragraph.)

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