Stars and Stripes stripes.com 25 Dec, 2020 06:45 am

California COVID-19: Two million confirmed cases and counting

California COVID-19: Two million confirmed cases and counting
A tally by Johns Hopkins University showed the nation’s most populous state has recorded 2,010,157 infections since January. At least 23,635 people have died from the virus.

California COVID-19: Two million confirmed cases and counting Father David Gallardo leads Christmas Eve Mass at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Thursday, Dec 24, 2020, in Los Angeles.LOS ANGELES — California became the first state to record 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases, reaching the milestone on Christmas Eve as nearly the entire state was under a strict stay-at-home order.Christina Ghaly, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.” Los Angeles' Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels planned indoor Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses, with Archbishop José Gomez set to lead two of the four services despite advising in a letter to priests and pastors Wednesday that it is safer to keep celebrating Masses outdoors.

Los Angeles County health officials said flatly in a statement that “attending an indoor service will result in transmission of COVID-19 .Los Angeles County is leading the surge, accounting for one-third of the state's COVID-19 cases and nearly 40% of deaths.

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