As the number of Covid-19 cases steadily increase in the metropolitan Los Angeles area, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday that the “safer at home” order given to the city’s residents could last until the middle of May.
Even though the current order was originally set to expire April 19, the mayor’s realistic outlook of the situation. Garcetti spoke with the media following an interview with Business Insider, where he made the announcement about the extension, saying, “Folks who think we’re gonna be done in a couple weeks, its simply not that case anywhere.”
Garcetti pointed to Wuhan, China, once the center of the epidemic, where severe restrictions were placed on residents back in January to slow the spread of COVID-19, which is currently just being lifted.
“They were the first city, they didn’t know to start things early, we did,” Garcetti said. “It could be less than that, but it is difficult for me to see any scenario in which this is less than a couple months.”
The latest data from the L.A. County Department of Public Health showed there were 138 new cases yesterday, bringing the total number to 799. Thirteen people have died.