On Wednesday, April 29, California state Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of all beaches and state parks from Friday, May 1, for an indefinite period to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The order was announced after thousands of people flocked to Orange County beaches during a recent heatwave despite a statewide stay-at-home order. As of Thursday, April 30, there have been 48,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in California and 1956 associated deaths.
New York remains the most affected state to date with over 299,691 cases and more than 18,5076 associated deaths. Large-scale measures to mitigate the spread of the disease have also been imposed in the majority of states nationwide, which officials say could be extended unless the pandemic slows.
Additionally, protesters denounced US COVID-19 restrictions in the states of Washington, Colorado, and Arizona on Sunday, April 19, and in Vermont state on Monday, April 20. Most reported protests took place at state capitols, where groups gathered to demonstrate their opposition to stay-at-home orders. Minor skirmishes between protesters and police were reported. Similar protests are likely across the US as COVID-19-shutdown measures continue
As of April 30, there have been a total of 1,042,874 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US, with 61,187 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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