DeWine Extends Overnight Curfew Into New Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has extended the state’s overnight coronavirus curfew into the new year. The curfew first enacted last month runs from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

It restricts movement outside homes but allows multiple exceptions for work, grocery shopping, medical emergencies and religious services.

Some epidemiologists have questioned its effectiveness. DeWine and a dozen medical practitioners on Thursday urged Ohioans to do everything they can to slow the spread of the coronavirus leading up to Christmas.

Ohio’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases has risen over the past two weeks to 11,741 new cases per day on Dec. 9.