California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday night issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective at midnight, in an attempt to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. California is home to 40 million people. As of Thursday evening, 958 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus in the state, with 19 deaths. "This is a moment where we need some straight talk and we need to tell people the truth," Newsom said. "We need to bend the curve in the state of California. In order to do that we need to recognize reality." The coronavirus pandemic "requires us to adjust our thinking and adjust our activities," Newsom said, and he is "confident that the people of the state of California will abide by [the order] to do the right thing."
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