New restrictions, lockdowns sweep the nation as COVID-19 cases surge

by Laura Mize · Nov 17th, 2020 11:43 am

Last Updated Nov 18th, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Officials in New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, California, Oregon, Washington, and New York have imposed new or stricter restrictions or lockdowns as cases of COVID-19 surge across the nation.

Indoor businesses in California are facing revived bans on their operations, as are gyms and businesses with liquor licenses in New York. A limited mask mandate is in effect in Iowa, after the governor flipped Monday on her opposition to such a mandate. The state of Michigan is now partially shut down for three weeks, and restrictions have tightened in Oregon, Washington, and New Jersey.

The regulations are meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus after the country saw a million new cases in the first 10 days of November alone. For the week ending November 7, 2020, the national Centers for Disease Control reports 2,801 deaths that involved coronavirus. That is significantly lower than the peak of deaths per single week, recorded at 17,087 for the week ending April 18, 2020.

Some experts say mortality due to COVID-19 is falling.


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