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The day after California officials revealed that the number of deaths related to coronavirus in the state had passed 7,000, Gov.Gavin Newsom said Monday that there have been 8,358 new cases reported in the state over the past 24 hours.

The new order, which will now apply across the state, will take effect immediately, Newsom said. "We wanted to share this information with businesses and residents as soon as possible", the county Public Health Department said in the email.

However, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ultimately made a decision to indefinitely closed down all movie theaters again in the state as well as other indoor operations including bars, restaurants, zoos and museums. But the order devastated the economy, causing more than 7.5 million people to file for unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, the death rate has remained relatively steady, with 1,014 deaths, or 2.8 per 100,000, in the last 14 days.

As of midnight July 6, restaurants and bars, breweries and pubs that serve food were limited to outdoor dining only and bars and pubs that do not serve food were ordered to close.

California was the first state in the country to issue a mandatory, statewide stay-at-home order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

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"We were able to suppress the spread of this virus, we were going to knock down the growth of this in the beginning", Newsom said. The listed counties account for roughly 80% of California's population. Though the state was moving through a phased reopening, a new surge in cases has thrown that process into limbo, seeing a number of cities and counties reimpose lockdown measures even before Newsom's more comprehensive order on Monday.

"Businesses have NOT been the direct cause, they've done everything they've been asked to do successfully", the letter said. As of Sunday's reporting, the region's totals bumped up to 19,929 confirmed infections and 422 deaths. Newsom moved quickly to let most businesses reopen in May. Newsom, who has said during the pandemic that it was up to local school districts to determine how best to educate their students, cheered the announcements by Los Angeles and San Diego.

"We're continuing to see hospitalizations rise and we continue to see an increase in the rate of positivity in the state", the governor said.

Newsom stressed how important testing for COVID-19 is.

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