First US Coronavirus Mutant Case Found in California


California scrambles when maskless crowds flood vacation hotspots

Tens of thousands are flooding Santa Monica Pier as authorities send various messages about the safety of the coronavirus. This week, a crowd gathers in Santa Monica Pier. Photo: Southern California officials Al Seib / REX / Shutterstock are struggling to contain a large holiday crowd on beaches, promenades and piers this weekend, fearing a new surge in Covid-19 cases. doing. However, after more than a year of blockade, they are faced with a restless mass who wants to party in the sun, and there seems to be few free tools to enforce masking and social distance. .. Images of hundreds of almost unmasked people crammed into Santa Monica’s pier and swarming around street performers on the Venice promenade over the past few days have left Golden State’s spring break out of control, like Miami. Triggered a Superspreader event on a beach in Florida that raised concerns that it could become. Vaccine deployments in the region have increased significantly in recent weeks, with approximately 50% of adults in Los Angeles County receiving at least one vaccination, but local public health officials say the public is less alert. Warns that it is premature. LA Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer warned people this week not to be “sloppy” on trips and gatherings with others. But the message has been confused by the rapid relaxation of pandemic restrictions and political leaders eager to give good news and restart the economy. Some theme parks will reopen this week and outdoor bars and bowling alleys will reopen in Los Angeles on Monday. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a bright press conference this week that “all the indicators we follow locally are heading in the right direction” and briefly discuss the “need to lower” spring break. I just mentioned it. An important event of the year. ” Garsetti’s tone was in stark contrast to that of Rochelle Warensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Rochelle Warrensky said he had a sense of “imminent ruin” as infections increased in parts of the country. Local officials in Santa Monica said last weekend that more than 100,000 people visited the city’s famous pier without restrictions, and street vendors who were not allowed access to the pier burned the grills of mobile carts, resulting in considerable fire risk. I saw a similar omen when I brought. Rattling wooden structure. “If a gas tank explodes on a pier, it will be hell and a disaster,” said city councilman Phil Brock. “I was there for 45 minutes on Saturday night and there were no police officers … it was supposed to be the biggest execution weekend, but there was no execution.” Santa Monica City Leaders Plans to limit the number of piers this weekend by closing access to new arrivals at 7:00 pm, three hours before the store closes. They are also planning to deploy half a dozen “health ambassadors” to cover the faces of pier visitors and remind them to provide masks for free. However, city officials will not return to the system installed last summer, when visitors could only enter the pier with a single access point and numbers were closely monitored by the fire department. They are also reluctant to instruct police to give out tickets to violate city rules regarding wearing masks. These measures are “not our preference,” said Deputy Mayor Anuji Gupta. Other coastal police, Venice, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach, which are popular with spring breakers, walk in crowds or beach, as there may be few rules governing the behavior of public squares and elected officials. It shows similar resistance to breaking up the party. Fear the political consequences of what appears to be hard work. However, beach crowds infuriated locals who were unable to return to school directly. Gupta, a Santa Monica official, said he had never seen evidence of people getting sick after visiting the beaches of his city. However, he also admitted that there is no reliable way to know if a visitor outside the town becomes ill or infects another person after returning home. “It’s possible that some complacency has begun,” Gupta said. “But it is also the duty of those who become aware of and adhere to health guidance.”