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California governor issues statewide order for home isolation

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The entire state of California will be under a stay-in-place order starting Thursday evening, marking the most stringent US effort yet to stymie the spread of the novel coronavirus.

[SAN FRANCISCO] The entire state of California will be under a stay-in-place order starting Thursday evening, marking the most stringent US effort yet to stymie the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"This is a moment where we need some straight talk," Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday in a press conference. "As individuals and as a community we need to do more to meet this moment."

By the time Newsom announced the move, about 21.3 million residents of the most populous US state were already in a community with stay-in-place mandates or similar efforts. The order allows people to leave their homes for needed items like groceries and essential jobs.

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