“Yesterday we had 259 deaths, that’s one more than all the homicides in 2019 in L.A. city combined,” he said. “In a single day, equal to a year of homicides.”
The city of Los Angeles has a population of nearly 4 million people, while the county’s population is about 10 million.
“We are not, nor will we ever, become accustomed to these numbers as normal. Nor will I ever accept them as something we should just live with,” the mayor added. “Because every single one of those means everything to somebody out there today.”
“All of us need to continue to do more,” he said.
And infections are running rampant — accelerating at an “alarming” pace, they added.
“Everyone in L.A. County, businesses and residents, needs to follow the rules if there is any chance we can get out of this surge by the end of the month,” Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.
“I implore everyone to stay home as much as possible. Shopping for anything except food and medicine and mingling with others are activities we all need to stop doing for the next few weeks as it increases risk,” Ferrer added. “There are just too many people spreading the virus, too many people sick and hospitalized and each person that dies is one too many.”