Daily US Times: The US state of California is to begin a night-time curfew on Saturday in an attempt to curb a surge in Covid-19 cases.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the western state’s latest figures are now worse than the previous peak in August. California reported a total of one million Covid-19 cases last week, making it the second state to do so after Texas.
The daily death toll linked to Covid-19 across the US has passed 2,000 for the first time since May.
The US now has more than 12 million confirmed infections, with more than 255,000 deaths, which is by far the highest death toll in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
About 187,000 new infections were recorded around the country in the latest figures – released on Friday for the previous day – which is an all-time high.
Several states have imposed new restrictions and mask mandates to try to combat the rise, and in Texas the National Guard is being deployed to the city of El Paso to help with morgue operations there.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also urged people to avoid travelling for the Thanksgiving holiday on 26 November to prevent increased transmissions.
Thanksgiving typically heralds the busiest week for travel in the United States. An estimated 26 million people passed through the country’s airports last year, in the week surrounding the holiday.
It was revealed on Friday that President Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr, had tested positive for coronavirus.
In a video posted on social media, he said, “Apparently I got the ‘rona,” adding that he was asymptomatic so far and quarantining.