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AP interview. Newsom admits mistakes in the first reopening

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SACRAMENTO, CA. (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has acknowledged that last year public communication mistakes before the first easing of coronavirus restrictions led to an increase in early summer cases, “a bitter lesson we are constantly learning” as the nation’s most populous state again. undertakes a wide reopening.

The Democratic governor said he planned to expand the list of people entitled to vaccinations soon, and insisted that it was right to call the organizers of the efforts to recall him a party extremist.

Newsom spoke to the Associated Press on Thursday, a day before the one-year anniversary of its first home in the country, which required nearly 40 million Californians to be excluded from all but basic work. The state has recorded more than 3.5 million cases of the virus, killing nearly 56,000 people, both of which are the highest rates in the country.

California’s initial order took about seven weeks before Newsom began loosening the rules as the state avoided a huge wave of incidents. What began as a limited reopening quickly melted away, և districts began to operate, allowing for restaurant meals, church services, other closed activities, and business. Even the bars practically got in until mid-June, when Newsom mandated a mask.

“We were dealing with the counties – the business, the sectors – the industry, not the public, what that change meant, what it did not mean,” he said. “And in the search, it is clear that we could have done a much better job of informing the public what those changes mean.”

Infections and hospitalizations were on the rise on July 4, with Newsom ordering some businesses to close and urging residents not to gather for Independence Day.

Things calmed down in late summer և autumn, then the deadliest wave came after Thanksgiving, culminating in early January. After that, the cases fell sharply.

Newsom reported that its management took the lessons from the spike to switch to a reopening system with a more understandable color code. It goes from the most restrictive purple level to the least restrictive yellow, և the regions go through it based on case rates, trials և capital-based metrics.

Although people can access it online to see which district the district is in, what is open, some local officials and members of the public are still confused. In recent weeks, Newsom has changed the criteria for leaving the purple series, changing the way schools, bars, and other businesses operate at every level.

California is again in a period of wide reopening. The theme parks and baseball stadiums were cleared next month, and most districts now allow closed meals և many other schools preparing to return students to classrooms.

The administration now plans to create a “green level” that will end many restrictions. Newsom said he expected to reach that level “sooner than most people believe,” but declined to be specific.

However, he also expressed concern about the immunity of the herd to the large number of people who say they will not be vaccinated against mutations in the virus. He would not give a timetable for lifting the state of emergency that was in effect in 2020. From March 4, վեց allowed him to unilaterally pursue a large-scale policy.

The rapid recovery is due to increased vaccinations, with more than 13 million doses currently administered in California. Competent groups include people over 65 և tall. Those with certain health conditions from 16 to 64 years old. teachers; farmers և food service workers; emergency service staff; և Health workers.

Newsom said the state will be able to vaccinate 3 million a week by April 1 and 4 million a week by May 1. If the federal supply goes through, California should be able to open vaccines for all adults by May 1, President Biden recently said.

Last week, the Secretary of State for Health, Dr. Mark Gha Ali, said the state did not expect to empower other groups to maintain vaccination concentrations for the most vulnerable. But Newsom said it would announce an expanded eligibility “next week.”

Newsom և A spokesman for the California Department of Public Health declined to give details.

Dr. George Orger Rutherford, an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, said that soon California was accelerating its vaccination rate, supplying more, and it made sense to think about adding new groups. The state may extend vaccinations to people over the age of 50 or 55 or allow them to shoot in the least-favored communities, not just those in the current group.

Newsom ran its election campaign this week, tacitly confirming that it would recall it due to its use of the epidemic. On Monday, he set up a political committee to fight the effort, allowing unlimited funds to be raised. The election is likely to take place in the fall.

He called off the recall as part of a campaign led by former President Donald Trump supporters and members of extremist groups. But remember that the organizers say that there are people from all parties in their ranks who are disappointed with Newsom’s viral restrictions, even though they say that most of the signatories are Republicans.

Asked if the recall ignores the prospects of non-partisans who have had their lives and livelihoods, Newsom said he understands their frustrations, but said the recall was supported by a number of major Republican donors, including the National Party.

“I thought it was right that we attached importance to it,” he said.

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