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California Issues 'Stay At Home' Order As Coronavirus Infections Rise




Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered California's 40 million residents to stay at home indefinitely in the widest-ranging directive so far of any state as it grapples with a growing novel coronavirus epidemic that has killed 150 people nationwide.
The order was issued late Thursday calling on people to remain in their homes, with exceptions only for essential travel. The move follows similar restrictions issued earlier this week for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Speaking at a late evening news conference in Sacramento, Newsom said his directive "goes into force and effect this evening and we are confident that the people of the state of California will abide by it, will do the right thing."
The governor, a Democrat who took office just over a year ago, said Californians would "step up as they have over the last number of weeks to protect themselves, to protect their families and to protect the broader community in this great state and the world we reside in."
He said compliance would rely heavily on "social pressure."
No time-frame was given for how long the order would remain in place.
After the announcement, California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, tweeted: "I hope Governor Newsom consulted with a lot of experts before he decided to shut down 12% of the nation's population."

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