Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 6: 85% of Californians Under Stay-At-Home Orders, Europe Relaxes Restrictions for Christmas

By Anna Breuer on 7 December 2020
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A Glühwein stand at the Münchner Christkindlmarkt in 2019

Several European nations are planning to loosen coronavirus restrictions over the holidays to allow families and friends to gather.  Britain will allow up to three households to form a Christmas bubble and spend time together in private homes, while Germany, which has a partial lockdown through January 10 (except in Bavaria, which is now under a stay-at-home order), will allow private gatherings of up to ten people from any number of households.  Spain will limit gatherings to ten people and travel will be permitted to visit friends and family between regions of the country.  The nationwide curfew in France that will be in effect starting December 15 when the lockdown ends will not be in force from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve.  Finally, Norway will allow up to ten guests at a private gathering during the holidays.

Meanwhile, residents of Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley are now under new stay-at-home orders that went into effect Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. local time.  The ban was triggered after capacity in intensive care units in the region fell below the 15% threshold.  The new directive tells residents to stay at home as much as possible and calls for the 100% use of masks when outside the home. Restaurants are now only open for delivery or takeout and many businesses ranging from bars to movie theaters to beauty parlors will remain shuttered.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved at at-home test that can distinguish between the seasonal flu and the novel coronavirus, granting an emergency-use authorization to Quest Diagnostics for the RC Covid-19 +Flu RT-PCR test. The move may be especially important to those who do wish to continue to quarantine while awaiting test results.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who is currently an attorney for President Trump, tested positive for coronavirus.    He is hospitalized at Georgetown University Medical Center.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy lashed out at Congressman Matt Gaetz after he attended a potential superspreader event held by the Young Republicans Club that moved from New York State to the Garden State to avoid the Empire State’s stricter coronavirus rules. The event was nonetheless in violation of New Jersey’s rules. “You are not welcome in New Jersey, and frankly, I don’t ever want you back in this state,” the governor said. Gaetz was filling in for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who cancelled her participation over her own fears concerning the pandemic.

The mayor of El Paso, Texas, said that 55% of coronavirus cases in one week came from shopping at so-called big box stores.  The finding came to light as a result of work conducted by contact tracers in the state.

Sweden, long a holdout in coronavirus restrictions, ended its experiment to contain the virus through voluntary measures, and imposed mandatory measures after failing to contain a new surge of the virus.  When the virus first struck the Continent in March, Sweden broke with the rest of Europe and declined to impose mandatory mask-wearing, leaving bars, restaurants, and nightclubs open.

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