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To enforce new rules, British police use drones, shaming and a ban on Easter egg sales.

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Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday night called for moving the Democratic National Convention from mid-July to August, making him the most prominent member of his party to say the convention must be rescheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak. “I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July, early July,” Mr. Biden told Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show.” “I think it’s Los Angeles News  going to have to move into August.” Mr. Fallon had not asked Mr. Biden about the convention’s timing. The former vice president was responding to a question about how the virus would affect the election. Katie Peters, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, said after Mr. Biden’s remarks that she expected the committee to reveal more details about changes to convention plans by the end of this week. 2020 RACE “I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July,” Mr. Bi

Coronavirus Today: When will it peak?

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I’m Diya Chacko, and it’s Thursday, March 26. Here’s what’s happening with the coronavirus outbreak, as the number of confirmed cases dramatically rises in California and beyond. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. The U.S. has overtaken Italy and China as the country with the most confirmed cases, and California is seeing a major spike, including in Los Angeles County. So how much longer will confirmed cases and deaths keep exploding? Many of those people got sick before social-distancing rules were imposed statewide, and L.A. County officials hope such measures now underway will eventually slow the growth. But they also say Californians should brace for far more cases and deaths. “If there are 1,000 people who are positive and each one of those people  Los Angeles News infects two other people ... within a few weeks, there could be a million people infected in L.A. County,” said Barbara Ferrer, county health director. Doc

L.A. County reports 9 new coronavirus-related deaths as cases explode to more than 1,200

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As both the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Los Angeles County rose by more than half Thursday, public health officials warned that the trajectory of new infections would likely grow dire in the coming weeks. . Health officials reported nine new deaths, bringing the death toll to 21. Officials also reported 421 more confirmed cases of the virus, for a total of 1,229, an increase of 52% over Wednesday. “There is no projection in which a couple weeks from now, we’re doing fine,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday night. "... A week or two from now, we will have images like we’re seeing in New York here in Los Angeles.” New York, the national epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, has had 385 deaths, more  Los Angeles News than four times as many as California. Hospitals there need thousands more ventilators to keep the most serious COVID-19 patients breathing. Of the people in Los Angeles County who tested positive, 253 — or roughly

‘This is life or death’: homeless families reclaim vacant homes to survive virus outbreak

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Several Los Angeles families who have been forced to live in cars, shelters and other unsafe situations have seized control of 13 vacant homes owned by the government, with the goal of staying indefinitely – and staying alive. The takeover comes as California’s homelessness crisis and the Los Angeles News escalating coronavirus outbreak have collided to create a catastrophe threatening thousands of lives. 'If I get it, I die': homeless residents say inhumane shelter conditions will spread coronavirus  Read more “To me, this is life or death,” said Benito Flores, 64, who has been living out of his van for years and moved into a vacant two-bedroom house on Wednesday. Wearing a face mask and standing inside the dusty home as volunteers cleaned, Flores explained that he is diabetic and at risk of serious illness or worse if he catches Covid-19. “By doing this, I’m giving myself a chance at living and surviving this crisis.” The homeless residents and their sup

California unemployment claims surge since coronavirus outbreak

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Rams quarterback Jared Goff and offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth are funding 2 million meals for Los Angeles residents to help kick off a virtual telethon that will be hosted by the Rams and ABC7 on March 24. The Rams' telethon, in partnership with ABC7, will benefit the United Way of Greater Los Angeles' pandemic relief fund. Goff and Whitworth are donating a combined $500,000 to the  Los Angeles News Regional Food Bank to finance the meals, according to a joint statement released Thursday. United Way LA creates a Pandemic Relief Fund to support most vulnerable populations Donations will be used to provide disease prevention services to the homeless, to support low income workers and those at risk of becoming homeless. "There are so many people in need right now and we want to do everything we can to help our Los Angeles community," Goff said. The fundraiser is scheduled to be held March 24 from 4 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. More details about

Coronavirus Today: A weekend at home

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Around the nation and the world The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to restrict all nonessential travel across their shared border, President Trump said Friday. But even a partial closure of the border is likely to affect Mexico’s struggling economy, which appears headed for a recession. Activists are pleading with officials to take preventive measures to protect incarcerated people, saying prison and jail overcrowding is a life-or-death issue. The American Civil Liberties Union has called for the immediate release of inmates who are over the age of 65 or have an underlying medical condition and whose sentences would be completed within the next two years. Miami Beach usually swarmed this time of year with budget-minded students seeking cheap hotel rooms and plentiful booze, has been shut down, leaving the city almost unrecognizable. “Spring break is cancelled,” Mayor Dan Gelber said. Celebrities are taking to social media to denounce racism toward Asian  Los Angeles

Coronavirus Today: A weekend at home

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The budget woes have left California desperate for more resources. Intensive care beds at Los Angeles County‘s emergency-room hospitals are already at or near capacity, even as those facilities have doubled the number available for COVID-19 patients. Because of the continuing shortage of test kits, the county health department has instructed doctors not to bother testing symptomatic patients if a positive result won’t change their treatment decisions. Health workers will have to make choices about which patients receive scarce resources like hospital beds and ventilators. “We have to decide who must die and whom we shall keep alive,” said one doctor in Italy, where the death toll has already passed 3,400. Besides navigating wrenching ethical dilemmas, doctors, nurses and other hospital workers say their anxiety levels are rising as they hear about medical workers falling sick not just in Italy and China, but in the U.S. as well. “We’re going to start dropping like flies,” said one