Covid: Most of California under strict new lockdown as cases surge
Most parts of the US state of California are under a strict new lockdown, as Covid-19 cases surge across the state and the country.
The stay-at-home order affects around 85% of the state’s 40 million people. It will be in place for at least three weeks and cover the Christmas holiday.
Many businesses will be closed, and people will be banned from meeting anyone outside their household.
On Sunday, the US had a record number of people in hospital with Covid-19.
The country has seen a sharp rise in cases and Covid-related deaths in recent weeks. The surge could be partly down to last month’s Thanksgiving holiday, when millions of Americans travelled around the US.