California is still in a state of emergency despite the COVID-19 fall
California is still in a state of emergency despite the COVID-19 fall

California is still in a state of emergency despite the COVID-19 fall

For weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom teased that California would soon enter a new phase of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, in which the state shifted its perspective on how to deal with an endemic disease that is likely to be a regular part of our lives.

But when that moment arrived on Thursday, Newsom made it clear that the new strategy did not mean the fight was over. His long-awaited announcement came without any tribute to the pandemic, no lifting of further health restrictions and despite growing calls from conservative critics, no end to the state of emergency that began almost two years ago.

During a press conference at a warehouse in San Bernardino County, where his administration stores personal protective equipment, Newsom said the early rhetoric that envisioned a war on the virus was wrong. He could not offer a final destination for the battle, he said, only a direction in which the state would continue to move.


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