California Covid-19 infection rate climbs past 5%

By Knox Harrington- june, 24 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Rich Pedroncelli | Pool | AP

More than 9.2 million cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. WHO expects the world will reach 10 million cases within the next week.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference that, the number of positive Coronavirus cases in California has increased to nearly 5.1%, The cases last week were 4.6% and 4.8% Monday.

This increase comes after nearly a month of riots and protests due to the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Gov Newsom said More than 94,000 people were tested yesterday alone . California has had 183,073 positive cases and at least 5580 deaths.

The percentage of hospital beds remains low, despite the increased cases and the initial report of hypothesised medical facilities during the start of the outbreak.

Atleast 7,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus in California on Wednesday, according to the California Department of Public Health.These 7,149 new cases are an increase from the the previous single day high of just over 5,000 set the day before.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom stated Wednesday he has no plans to “pause” the state’s reopening process amid new spikes in reported coronavirus cases, citing the fact that case numbers can be misleading and that individual counties are the ones setting timelines for reopening.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported the 20th inmate death due to COVID-19 complications in the state Wednesday. The inmate death at Avenal State Prison in Central California marks the second prisoner mortality at this facility.

The number of COVID-19 cases at San Quentin Prison in Marin County is growing rapidly with 445 cases in inmates and staff confirmed as of Wednesday morning.

Two weeks ago, the prison reported about two dozen cases. By last Monday, infections had grown to nearly 200 and then more doubled over the weekend, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Covid19 tracker.

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