November 17, 2020 at 12:20 AM EST
California slams ‘emergency brake’ as states race to halt virus’s spread
By Griff Witte, Meryl Kornfield and Hannah Denham
Governors and mayors moved rapidly on Monday to slow the galloping spread of the coronavirus, reviving restrictions on businesses and individuals that public health experts say are urgently needed again amid a nationwide viral surge.
The new measures will be felt from coast to coast. In a mirror of the country’s spring shutdown, California took some of the most dramatic steps, with Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announcing he was pulling the state’s “emergency brake” to confront spread that was “simply without precedent in California’s pandemic history.”
New Jersey and Philadelphia also announced new restrictions, following the enactment of tougher measures in recent days in states including Washington, Michigan and Iowa.
The data explain why: The country racked up 1 million new coronavirus cases in a single week, with additions of at least 100,000 cases each day for nearly two weeks running. With the death toll touching 246,000, the grim milestone of a quarter-million dead Americans is likely to be reached by the weekend.