Stars and Stripes stripes.com 25 Dec, 2020 23:45 am

California deaths spur pleas to stay home for holidays

California deaths spur pleas to stay home for holidays
Gov. Gavin Newsom said hospitals are under "unprecedented pressure" and if current trends continue the number of those hospitalized because of the virus could double in 30 days.

California deaths spur pleas to stay home for holidays Worshipers gather for Christmas Eve Mass inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Thursday, Dec 24, 2020, in Los Angeles.LOS ANGELES — California's deadly Christmas was marked by pleas to avoid holiday gatherings outside the home and indoor church services in what could be a make-or-break effort to curb a coronavirus surge that already has filled some hospitals well beyond normal capacity.Christina Ghaly, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.Los Angeles County, which has accounted for a third of all coronavirus cases and nearly 40% of deaths, urged people to avoid attending indoor religious services, even though they are permitted with social distancing requirements.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles was permitting limited indoor services, although it also urged churches to avoid them in favor of outdoor or online services." Associated Press Writers Don Thompson in Sacramento and Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles and AP Photographer Ashley Landis in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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