In a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, California Governor Gavin Newsom said an estimated 25.5 million people will be infected with the new coronavirus in the state’s next eight states, or 56 percent of the state’s population, according to U.S. media reports. “In the last 24 hours, we have added 126 new COVID-19 cases, a 21% increase over the previous day,” Mr Newsom said in a letter sent on Wednesday. In some parts of our state, the number of cases doubles every four days. “
Mr. Newsom asked Mr. Trump to send the USNS Mercy hospital ship to the port of Los Angeles to help cope with the expected surge in cases.
Newsom said the virus is spreading to communities in 23 counties across the state. California is currently the third-worst hit in the United States, after Washington state and New York.