California reverses course from reopening amid virus surge

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has reversed course on its economic reopening as cases of the coronavirus surge. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday shut down bars, movie theaters and indoor eating at restaurants for three weeks across 19 counties with 72% of the state’s population. The move closes many businesses that were allowed to reopen just a few weeks ago. Health officials say many people who visited these places or held indoor gatherings didn’t follow social distancing or mask-wearing rules to slow the spread of COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, confirmed cases in California have jumped by 45%. Hospitalizations have soared.