New house arrest of the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has met with counter-reactions in the social media because of the numerous exemptions that it entails. Several Twitter users called on Garcetti for not imposing stricter restrictions and because some of the rules of the new house arrest order were unclear.
Claims Claudia Peschiutta, a reporter from the Southern Californian radio station KNX 1070, twittered: “Maybe we should just call staying at home as far as possible order.
Jeremiah Dobruck, a breaking news editor at the Californian Long Beach Post, described the latest measure in an article on Twitter as “The “benefit-good-judgment-what-if-you-go” order.
Author Don Winslow commented: “The time when Los Angeles had to act was months ago. They chose policies that spread the virus. They bowed to pressure, refused to enforce orders, and people died as a direct result of your lack of leadership. That is the truth, and history will record it”.
Maybe we should just call it an order to stay at home as much as possible
– Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) December 3, 2020
Actress Kristy Swanson tweeted: “[The California government] Newsom probably didn’t like all the hypocritical press he got. To remove his name from the headlines, he had Garcetti do one for the team. All eyes are now on LA.”
Garcetti’s latest order follows an updated ordinance by the Los Angeles County Health Department that took effect throughout the county last week, starting November 30.
Alex Stone, a correspondent for ABC News Radio in California, noted: “Confusion in L.A. over Mayor Garcetti’s updated order that people must stay at home. The mayor’s office informs us that nothing new is happening. All they have done is to update the order from earlier this year to reflect the district’s order from days ago. Nothing new will happen in LA tonight.”
The time for Los Angeles to act was months ago.
They chose policies that would allow the virus to spread.
You bowed to pressure, refused to enforce orders, and people died as a direct result of your lack of leadership.
That is the truth, and history will record it. https://t.co/B1WezSp1u4
– Don Winslow (@donwinslow) December 3, 2020
Elise Hu, a presenter of the Los Angeles-based TED Talks Daily, twittered: “Man, what a mess. The City of LA issued a warning that says that everyone “is hereby ordered to stay in their homes” but makes it clear that this is in fact the same order as the LA County. Can go to work, shop, play sports…
Man, what a mess. The City of LA has issued a warning that says: “Everyone is hereby ordered to stay in their homes,” but makes it clear that it is actually the same order as that of LA County. Can go to work, shop, exercise… https://t.co/4Z60cntlxy
– Elise Hu (@elisewho) December 3, 2020
“Perhaps a city government should read out its emergency alarm texts at least a few times before blowing them into the phones. And maybe we should take a break from the ridiculous use of ‘hereby’ this election season,” Hu noted in another tweet.
User @IAMSadeSellers said, “The city of LA is closing down, but it’s not closing down, but you’d better get yourself some shelter, and no Garcetti won’t pay you a cent for losing your job, but you’ll be fined $500 if you’re caught violating the order, but EDD will provide $300/week, oh ya, and your rent is due BYE,” in a tweet that has received at least 496 Likes since its initial release on Thursday.
User @jamieloftusHELP said: “To call Garcetti useless and inefficient is too kind. he is actively harmful. he is a coward who desperately tries to make it look like he is taking measures to protect people, and then in the fine print he reveals that he is only concerned with protecting big money for a sh***. f***. YOU” in a tweet has received at least 1,000 Likes since its first release on Thursday.
Washington Newsday has asked the mayor’s office for a comment.
Confusion in L.A. over Mayor Garcetti’s updated order that people must stay home. The mayor’s office informs us that nothing new is happening. All they have done is update the order from earlier this year to reflect the district’s order from days ago, and there is nothing new in LA tonight.
– Alex Stone (@astoneabcnews) December 3, 2020
The latest order of home visits comes as the total number of confirmed cases in California is 1.3 million, with a total of 414,549 confirmed infections in Los Angeles as of Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Los Angeles County has recently seen a “significant increase in COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths,” according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health and Human Services in the updated health code published on November 28.
“In the past five (5) calendar days, Los Angeles County has recorded an average of over 4,500 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases per day. Between November 13 and 27, 2020, hospital admissions of confirmed COVID-19 patients increased by 101 percent to 1,893.
“The Health Commissioner expects that both the number of new cases and the number of hospital admissions will continue to increase rapidly over the next 21 days. Without rapid intervention by the public health system, a sustained and significant increase in both cases and hospital admissions will put a strain on the health system. This stress will limit the availability of beds in intensive care units for non-COVID-19 hospitalization,” the order warned.
The daily number of cases in California is expected to reach about 34,370 by Christmas, while the total number of deaths in the state of California could reach 21,462 on the same day, according to the latest projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.
According to IHME, these numbers are likely to be reached with “further relaxation of social distancing mandates” and if “the mandates are not reinstated.
The broader picture
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 64.6 million people since it was first reported in Wuhan, China.
More than 1.4 million people have died worldwide and more than 41.5 million have recovered by Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The chart below, produced by Statista, shows the number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States.