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Cars waiting in line at a COVID-19 testing site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Los Angeles County health officials announced a new three-week stay-at-home order on Friday, urging residents not to gather with people beyond their immediate household starting Monday.

The state of play: The new "safer-at-home" order comes as the county — the most populous in the U.S. — confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 COVID-19 cases, with a five-day average of 4,751 new cases.

  • County officials set a threshold for issuing additional measures to diminish the spread of the coronavirus starting Nov. 17, saying that if the five-day average hit 4,500 cases or if hospitalizations surpassed 2,000 daily, a new order would follow.
  • As of Friday, there were 1,893 hospitalizations across the county area, and 24% are in intensive care.

Details: The latest order advises residents to remain home "as much as possible" and wear face coverings when outside.

  • It prohibits people from gathering with others not in their immediate household, but excludes religious services and protests because they are "constitutionally protected rights."
  • Businesses will have new occupancy limits, with essential retail businesses operating at 35% public capacity and indoor non-essential businesses at 20%.
  • Restaurants and other eateries will remain closed for in-person dining, but will stay open for delivery and pick-up.
  • Beaches, trails and parks will be open, but with new safety requirements in place. Playgrounds and card rooms will close.
  • Schools and day camps will remain open, except for those that reach three or more coronavirus cases across 14 days. Those should close for two weeks.

The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, tweeted on Friday telling people they need to "act now to slow the spread."

  • "Two months ago, it was projected that one in every 880 L.A. County residents were infected with COVID-19. Now, it’s estimated it's one in every 145."

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Florida requiring proof of residency to get coronavirus vaccine

A man receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a health care worker at a drive-thru site at Tropical Park on Jan. 13 in Miami. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida's surgeon general issued new guidelines on Thursday requiring people seeking COVID-19 vaccines to provide proof of permanent or seasonal residency.

Driving the news: Of the more than 1 million people who have received the first dose of the vaccine in Florida as of Wednesday, over 39,000 reside out of state, per data from the Florida Department of Health. The number and reports of out-of-state recipients have caused concern over what many have described as "vaccine tourism."

Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategy

Biden signs executive orders on Jan. 21. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

"It's gonna get worse before it gets better": President Biden expects 100,000 Americans to die from COVID-19 during his first six weeks in office.

The big picture: Biden said he's putting America on a wartime footing against the virus, signing 10 executive orders today alone.

Jan 22, 2021 - Health

Hong Kong to put tens of thousands on lockdown as coronavirus cases surge

Hong Kong health workers patrol a street where COVID-19 cases have been confirmed. Photo: Anthony Kwan via Getty Images

Hong Kong will place tens of thousands of residents on lockdown to curtail outbreaks in neighborhoods with aging, subdivided apartments, the government announced Thursday.

Why it matters: It’s the first time Hong Kong has imposed a lockdown since the pandemic began. The restrictions will begin Saturday and last for at least two weeks.

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