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California Warns of Lockdowns in Most of State Within Days

  • Stay-at-home orders imposed when ICUs’ capacity runs short
  • Four of five regions may meet triggers this week as cases soar
A pedestrian crosses a street in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 3. 

A pedestrian crosses a street in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 3. 

Photographer: David Swanson/Bloomberg
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California, the first state to tell residents to stay home to fight the coronavirus pandemic, is about to do it again.

With cases soaring, Governor Gavin Newsom said he will impose shelter-at-home orders on a regional basis once hospitals start running short of intensive-care capacity. Four of the state’s five areas may hit the threshold within a day or two, he said at a briefing Thursday.