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California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars in 19 California counties to close on Wednesday, and he mandated that indoor service for restaurants, movie theaters, museums and zoos cease immediately.

What's happening: Daily coronavirus infections in California have been steadily growing since March, with the state marking its highest single-day increase last Tuesday, per the state health department.

Details: While bars are being ordered to stop all operations in the affected counties, only indoor services for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums and cardrooms are affected by the order, Newsom said.

  • Businesses are being shuttered because these counties have been on a higher-alert coronavirus watch list for at least three consecutive days, the state's public health department said in a press release.
  • Factors that can put a county on the watch list include elevated infections in specific populations and large outbreaks in congregate settings, as well as significant resource requests for PPE, contact tracers or testing capacity, per the department.

What they're saying: “Today’s action is necessary to help slow the spread of this virus,” Sonia Angell, director of the state's public health department, said in a statement.

  • “We put ourselves and our community at greatest risk for COVID-19 when we mix with people who don’t live with us. And if you go out, wear a face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands frequently and limit unnecessary indoor activities that increase the risk of exposure.”
  • “California is seeing the virus spreading at alarming rates in many parts of the state, and we are taking immediate action to slow the spread of the virus in those areas,” said Newsom said in a statement.

Go deeper: Why coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in California

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Washington's big contact tracing problem

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The D.C. Health Department is trying to jump-start contact tracing efforts around the White House's coronavirus outbreak. Tracing has been inadequate so far even as cases spread deeper into the city.

The big picture: The White House has decided not to move forward with recommended public health protocols of contact tracing and testing since President Trump tested positive for the virus. 

Dave Lawler, author of World
Oct 9, 2020 - World

Europe's coronavirus case counts just keep climbing

Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Europe is now recording far more new coronavirus cases than ever before.

The big picture: One reason is testing. Deaths and hospitalizations remain far below the levels seen in the spring, though they continue to tick upward.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

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