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California passes 25,000 deaths from coronavirus


LOS ANGELES (AP) – #California surpassed 25,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic on #Thursday, the third state in the country to surpass the mark, after #New #York and #Texas, health officials said.

The announcement comes as the nation’s most populous state sees a surge in coronavirus infections that has hospitals on the brink of capacity and has forced doctors and nurses to treat more patients than usual. #California also confirmed the second case reported in the #United #States of a new, more contagious variant of the virus.

The state #Department of #Health says hospitals in #Southern #California and the agricultural area of ​​the #San #Joaquin #Valley, which together have the majority of the state’s 40 million people, have run out of capacity in their care units. intensive care for patients with COVID-19.

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#California was the third state to reach 25,000 deaths. #New #York has nearly 38,000 and #Texas more than 27,000, according to the #Johns #Hopkins #University count.

#California reported its first case of coronavirus in late #January. #He recorded his 10,000th death from the virus in #August.

#This week, #Los #Angeles #County reached a “terrible milestone,” with 274 deaths in 24 hours, for a total of 10,056 deaths, said #Dr. #Barbara #Ferrer, county health director. The most populous county in the country has had 40% of deaths from the virus in #California.

#Most of the state is under extended restrictions that have closed businesses or reduced their capacity, and people are being called upon to stay home as long as possible to try to slow the spread of the virus.

#Authorities have warned that they will patrol the streets to prevent massive #New #Year celebrations that could spread the coronavirus.

#Meanwhile, #California became the second state in the country to report a case of a new, apparently more contagious variant of the virus that was initially confirmed in #Britain.

The patient, who developed symptoms #Dec. 27, is a 30-year-old #San #Diego #County man with no travel history, which could indicate that someone else brought the variant to the state, authorities said.

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#Thompson reported from #Sacramento.

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