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Mayor concedes Los Angeles reopened too soon as virus surges

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Jul 19, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mayor Eric Garcetti conceded that Los Angeles reopened too quickly and again warned that the city was “on the brink” of new shutdown orders as the coronavirus continues to surge in California.

Appearing on CNN, Garcetti was asked about an LA Times editorial that criticized the rapid reopening of California — which was followed by a spike in new COVID-19 cases. Garcetti said the decisions were made at the state and county levels.

He added that LA officials wouldn't hesitate to implement new stay-at-home orders if the numbers don't turn around. California reported Saturday its fourth-highest daily total of new confirmed cases.