16:45 GMT07 August 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The California authorities have asked six counties in the state to shut down indoor restaurants, movie theatres, zoos and museums after a week which saw more than 55,000 novel coronavirus cases, Governor Gavin Newsom announced.

    Newsom said that bars in California have also been ordered to close down all their operations.

    ​Last week, the California authorities have ordered 19 counties in the state to immediately close indoor operations in restaurants, bars and other facilities.

    California, a state with a population of more than 40 million, is among the US states that have seen a surge in the number of coronavirus cases recently. It reported 5,699 novel coronavirus cases on Sunday and 55,132 new cases during the past week, according to Newsom.

    In total, the state has reported 6,374 fatalities from COVID-19, the Johns Hopkins University says.

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