Nine more people have died from the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, and 421 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. The pace of new cases essentially quadrupled overnight in keeping with county health officials’ warning of a coming tsunami of coronavirus cases across the Southland.
Los Angeles County now has a total of 1,216 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to public health director Barbara Ferrer.
“I want to be clear, the worst days are still ahead,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti, predicting that Los Angeles would soon see the dire spike in numbers overwhelming hospitals in New York City.”It’s a tough thing for me to say, but we look at these projections and … it’s coming here,” he said. “We’ve taken actions earlier and swifter, but nobody is immune from this virus.”
In announcing the 421 new cases, Ferrer said the spike is a result of additional testing and “catching up on backlogs” of delayed test results, but she said the virus is making an aggressive march across the county, highlighting the need to adhere to social distancing, isolation and quarantine requirements.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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