California has reimposed restrictions on businesses and public spaces amid a spike of coronavirus infections in America’s most populous state.
Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered an immediate halt to all indoor activities at restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, zoos and museums.
In the worst-affected counties of the south-western US state, churches, gyms and hairdressers will also close.
California has more than 330,000 Covid-19 cases, with more than 7,000 deaths.
The reimposition of the restrictions in the state with nearly 40 million people was prompted by a 20% rise in people testing positive in the past two weeks.
Increasing numbers of Californians are now needing intensive care.
What did Governor Newsom say?
The Democratic governor warned on Monday that “this virus is not going away anytime soon”.